Over the Rhine's brooding, atmospheric and sometimes stark collection of songs, traditional and otherwise, are inspired by dark December evenings and come-in-out-of-the-cold midnights. 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 in Europe. Embraced by critics, folkies, and "No Depression" fans alike, Gauthier's warmly candid treatment of her fringe-dwelling subjects rings true, as it never verges on sentimental; her characters' downtrodden lives are never coldly exploited.
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