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The Foundling

Mary Gauthier

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March 11, 1962

This is a really brilliantly crafted song. The lyrics would stand alone as a sweet poem; she has called him up after all this time and three times says she doesnt know why she has called. And then in the last couplet works out why, it is excellent and very neat. The growling guitar and the fiddle weave together perfectly between the short verses. Only for people who have lost a lover at some point.

Phenomenally good

I'm not sure how many country 'concept albums' there are but I guess this would have to count as one. A three act piece, divided by the interludes, essaying her feelings about having been put up for adoption. The first set angry, the third set sort of redemptive, the second and middle section much harder to describe because words fail and the emotions are more complex - but truly and astonishingly good. I've played it quite a few times and it still sends shivers, particularly "March 11, 1962" but all of them really, flowing out from that central core conversation. If you want music to cry to and then feel wholly redeemed then this is the one.

One of the essential albums

Beautiful, sad, important, this is music that you cannot be without, together with its acoustic sister, Foundling Alone.


Born: 11 March 1962 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore effort, Drag Queens in Limousines. The album, which garnered her a Crossroads Silver Star and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda...
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