Rifles And Rosary Beads

Mary Gauthier

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Americana, American Folk
Proper Records
January 26, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home.

The songs featured on Rifles & Rosary Beads were all co-written as part of Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit programme that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life-changing for them, some even said life-saving.

No stranger to pain or demons herself, Gauthier has used songwriting to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. This is the first album where she has focused solely on experiences other than her own. The songs on Rifles & Rosary Beads tackle a variety of viewpoints. "The War After The War" deals with the strain put on a relationship while living with someone who has returned from serving, while "Iraq" depicts the helpless horror of a female military mechanic being dehumanized and sexually harassed by fellow soldiers. The gorgeous album highlight "Bullet Holes In The Sky" is a bittersweet reflection on the mixed emotions of being a veteran.

Mary Gauthier has received countless critical accolades over the last decade and a half for her seven studio albums and captivating live performances. Her previous album Trouble & Love was praised by the press, including glowing coverage from outlets including Mojo, Uncut, Financial Times, Sun, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Huffington Post, American Songwriter and many more.

"Her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and yes, Bob Dylan." - Los Angeles Times

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"This is a record that shows the power of art to help to heal and to help to find a way to express the inexpressible. Each song is a mini-masterpiece: there isn't one moment that doesn't ring true. It's a record that humbles you to hear it with its unheard stories. It is certainly Gauthier's masterpiece, and a record that genuinely has helped to change lives, a wonderful piece of art."

Americana UK (9 / 10)

"Rifles & Rosary Beads is a masterpiece of channelling emotion. Mary Gauthier and her co-writers pull no punches and the result is humbling listening. …these are eleven poems set to some of the most haunting music that will stay with you for a very long time."


"this is an album every single person in Western Civilisation should hear at least once"

Rocking Magpie

"Rifles & Rosary Beads is a powerful and emotive listen. It's Gauthier doing what she does and doing it well. Beyond that it raises the profile of the forgotten wounded (and surely here in the UK there's a need also)."

Blabber 'n' Smoke

"(The songs) are often exceptional and Stronger Together, written with Jennifer Marino, is truly powerful. This is a very good Mary Gauthier album with some outstanding compositions."

Country Music People ***** (5 stars)

"Bullet Holes In The Sky is, as claimed, the highlight of the album, but there are many others. In fact, it's difficult to find moments that don't work."

RnR Magazine **** (4 stars)

"With Rifles & Rosary Beads, she's created her most impressive and affecting work yet."

The Independent ***** (5 stars)

"An astonishingly emotive collection of songs"

Scottish Daily Express ***** (5 stars)

"This is an emotional journey you will feel all the better for taking."

Maverick **** (4 stars)


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Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD145
Barcode 0805520031455
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 54g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm