Boston music news: February 9, 2007

Notes on Mary Gauthier, Josh English, and the Regattabar's new management
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 6, 2007

Mary Gauthier
When Mary Gauthier comes to Sanders Theatre on March 30 to perform at the 49th-anniversary celebration for Club Passim on a bill with Michael Troy and John Prine, it’ll be a bit like coming home. Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Gauthier sang her first original song on stage at the famed Cambridge folk club. It was an open-mic night in 1995. “I never had been so scared in my life,” she recalls from Nashville, where she moved in 2001. “I was absolutely terrified. I shook and rattled. It was traumatic, and I knew I was gonna come back and do it again.”

Gauthier (“go-SHAY”) nurtured her talent in Boston over 15 years. She lived on Savin Hill, owned the Louisiana-style Dixie Kitchen restaurant, and played more than 100 gigs at Passim. But she moved South because, as a country-folk singer, she wanted to be in a music-publishing city. “It was time to embrace Nashville and see what it could do for me.” Things clicked: she signed to Universal’s Lost Highway imprint and found a cult audience among Americana fans with her 2005 album, Mercy Now. “Every artist has to define success. I’ve always felt I was successful if I could pay my bills, live comfortably, and not have a day job. In my mind, I’m wildly successful. If you measure it by units sold or international fame, you get a different answer.”

The Boston pop trio Six Going on Seven lasted seven years before they broke up in 2003. Dylan-esque singer/guitarist Josh English spent last October in Camp Street Studios with producer Adam Taylor. English will release his homonymous debut CD in April on Welcome Home Records. . . . And Alex Beram, former trombonist in John Brown’s Body and a Berklee grad (in business/management), has been named manager of the Regattabar.

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