Live At The Linda with Brooks Williams and Mary Gauthier


Okay, every once in a while on this show we talk about going to Linda’s safe. It’s when we look back at a concert recorded here over a year or two ago and it’s clear. But if you don’t know and haven’t visited The Linda in person, and shame on you for not doing so, we’re literally talking about a safe. The Linda is a remodeled 1927 bank and the green room is literally in the vault, a giant steel door and dynamite resistant walls and everything. When you stop, come see it, take a photo and send it. I would like to see them.

Vanity Tonight is a 2010 concert by Brooks Williams. With over 30 recordings and over 30 years of touring, Williams is named one of WUMB-FM Boston’s Top 100 All-Time Artist and one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. He was playing Americana before it was called that. Known for both his solos and his collaborations, writes RNR, Williams is a “guitarist with rich vocal powers and a talent for lyrical imagery, his songs are imbued with an exhilarating generosity” this concert was recorded in October 2010. Here is Brooks Williams live at Linda.

Now we’ll hear from an upcoming artist playing The Linda – Amy Speace.

Amy Speace is a Nashville-based folk / American singer-songwriter and essayist from Baltimore, Maryland. National Public Radio described her voice as “velvety and painful” and compared her to Lucinda Williams. Amy will be at Linda for a live show and recording airing on February 4the, 2022 co-headlining with Antje Duvekot. Here is Amy Speace with “Nothing Good Can Come From This”.

La Linda has very good friendships with amazing performers and wonderful people, and it’s especially special when you can look up and see their photo on one of the giant sound wall hangings in the room. Willie Nile is up there, Alan and Jonas Chartock are there, and just in the center of the back wall is our good friend Mary Gauthier

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best female composers of her generation. Mary is also a published author; his first book saved by a song was released on the Saint-Martin press in 2021.

Her most recent musical release, “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” is a collection of songs co-written with injured veterans, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album and Record of the Year by the American Music Association. The UK Americana Association named Mary International Artist of the Year 2019 and Folk Alliance International named “Rifles & Rosary Beads” the Record of the Year 2019.

Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists including Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in movies and television, most recently on Yellowstone on HBO TV.

This concert took place a few months ago in October 2022 and Mary was joined by Jamiee Harris. Here is Mary Gauthier live at Linda.

Ok everyone, for a minute, I’m going to be taking time off here to play a song by Screamin ‘Cheetah Wheelies founder Mike Farris. Mike is passing by The Linda on March 5the, 2022 and you could do a lot worse than being here to witness the awe-inspiring soul of the 2015 Grammy winner for Best Gospel Roots Album. Here is the incomparable Mike Farris with “Tennessee Girl”.

Thanks again for listening to “Live At The Linda” tonight, recorded live at Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio. Join us next week for our broadcast of Railbird from March 2010, The Doornails from April 2015, Ira Wolf from April 2016 and J. Lee White from November 2021.

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