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Album Review

With strong songwriting and powerful vocals, the alternative country album Drag Queens in Limousines might be a pleasant surprise for some who try to judge it by its unusual title alone. This 1999 sophomore album was recorded by Louisiana native Mary Gauthier. Of course, most of the numbers on this award-winning offering aren't your everyday kind of country. Some of the lyrics have even been called brutally honest. One of the songs, "Karla Faye," is about a Texas death row inmate by that name. Other numbers are simply about the rejects of society and the struggles that most people face at one point or another. Gauthier is a talented singer and completely capable of sharing her emotions through her lyrics. A few songs fans can sample on this album are "Different Kind of Gone," "Our Lady of the Shooting Stars," and "Lucky Stars."

Customer Reviews

Listen to a clip, if you kinda like it, buy it.

I can imagine some people will just not like her voice. I love it, if you "kind of" like it, buy it. I bought this CD, after I listened to it a few times, I went back and bought "Filth and Fire". She's the most unique female singer I have ever heard. It's hard to explain. It seems like stuff you'd go to sleep to, however I tried that, and it did not work as I was so entralled with the songs, I listened to the whole cd. She sings about real stuff and a lot of people will relate. Blake Shelton cut her "I drink" song, which is better when she does it (and I love Blake Shelton).

Alt Country at its best

Almost a shame to list this as pure country. Its got roots in folk and others in there too. Stumbled across this album years ago on a blog that had the title track. Not a huge country fan, but the lyrics and subject matter drew me in. The stories of the freaks in the country world are ones not told by the mainstream and from this album you sure glad someone is telling them now. Gauthier is a great talent.
Highlights for me; Drag Queens in Limousines, Evangeline (story of a love with a stripper), I Drink, Slip of the Tongue.


Born: March 11, 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 Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours...
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