Everyone likes making a live album, it seems. It's an opportunity to capture something you feel is elusive in the studio. Especially if you're the kind of artist who has spent infinitely more hours driving around the country playing shows than sitting behind a dry mic in a tiny room, trying to conjure something up for the guy behind the computer. Mary Gauthier is one such person, but for some reason, she always manages to capture the same thing in the studio that she unleashes onstage. I can't begin to understand what that magic is, or how she does it, but it certainly made it difficult to tear into her new live album, Live at Blue Rock.
Indeed the performances on this disc are - for Gauthier's part - not a far cry from what happens in the studio for her. But, the addition of some particularly notable backing players, and the unpredictable way they attack her songs and arrangements, added to the whole experience. Check out my review of Live at Blue Rock or leave your own thoughts here, in the comments.
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