Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

 

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Gillian Howard Welch (/ˈɡɪliən ˈwɛl/; born October 2, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of appalachian music, bluegrass, country and americana, is described by The New Yorker as "at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms".[1]

Welch and Rawlings have released five critically acclaimed albums under the name Gillian Welch and two under the name Dave Rawlings Machine. Their 1996 debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Their 2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, drums and a more upbeat sound to their body of work. After a gap of eight years, they released their fifth studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011, which was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Welch was associate producer and performed on two songs of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, a platinum album that won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Welch has collaborated and recorded with distinguished musicians such as Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar, Emmylou Harris, the Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco.

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Down from the Mountain
 
Down from the Mountain is a 2000 documentary and concert film featuring a live performance by country and traditional music artists who participated in the Grammy-winning soundtrack recording for the Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Time
 
Time (The Revelator) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.
The Harrow & The Harvest
 
The Harrow & The Harvest is a 2011 album released by American musician Gillian Welch.
Soul Journey
 
Soul Journey is the fourth studio album by Gillian Welch.

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Concert Review: Gillian Welch Transfixes Vinyl-Fanatic Crowd at the Orpheum
  –  October 5, 2017
“It’s not the most chipper record; If you think it starts out bad, just wait,” said Gillian Welch, addressing a full house at the ... Welch doesn’t really play bluegrass music, per se, but she leans in to the great bluegrass tradition of using ...
Gillian Welch revisits ‘The Harrow & the Harvest’ with a show Wednesday in Los Angeles, her childhood home
  –  September 29, 2017
Gillian Welch comes to Los Angeles this week with her longtime musical ... blending folk and country and mountain music into something as timeless as it is fresh. And because it’s only now getting a release on vinyl – she describes the start of ...
Gillian Welch: An analog artist living in a digital era
  –  July 31, 2017
When Gillian Welch talks about records, she tends to wax philosophical. "I didn't realize how much, in my heart, that the music that really matters to me was always playing off a turntable," Welch tells the Daily News ahead of her performance at the Beacon ...
Bluegrass sensation Billy Strings, touring with Whiskey Shivers, comes to WOW Hall on Friday
  –  October 27, 2017
“I didn’t ever really know why I moved to Nashville until after I moved there and then I was like, it’s because David Grier is picking in my kitchen right now, or I just walked into the grocery store and there’s Gillian Welch. Or you’re at your ...
World Cafe Nashville: David Rawlings
  –  October 27, 2017
Joining him in that effort, and in studio today is his longtime partner in music and in life, Gillian Welch. Since their seminal 1996 album Revival, their collaboratively written albums have largely been released under Gillian's name, technically.
Weekend Top 5
  –  October 27, 2017
The concert is outdoors, and tickets are $20 in advance or at the door. Click here for more information. Watch Winham interview Gillian Welch and David Rawlings below. When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m.–12 a.m. Where: 1307 Dodds Ave. This Sunday’s ...
The life and death of the indie-rock heyday
  –  October 27, 2017
Longtime critical darling Lucinda Williams hit with her 1998 LP, the unstable but brilliant Ryan Adams released a heartfelt debut the year after, and Gillian Welch and others contributed to the bestselling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Neko Case ...
he Ragbirds + Lindsay Lou & The Flatbelly’s Halloween Masquerade
  –  October 27, 2017
They were named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile generate an odd but engaging chemistry at the Palace
  –  October 27, 2017
Barnett did get the closer, though, with “Avant Gardener” rounding out an encore that also included a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues” and Vile’s “Pretty Pimpin,” which surely delighted the woman who’d been screaming the ...
An Interview With Willie Watson: The Test Of Time
  –  October 26, 2017
I had to realize I wasn’t the kind of songwriter I always wanted to be. I set this high bar listening to Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, and Gillian Welch, and I would look at what I’d done, I thought, “It’s not as good as those people, and I don’t wa ...
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile click when they keep things small
  –  October 26, 2017
Instead, the most persuasive moments were the sparest, particularly when Barnett’s plaintive voice burrowed into the aching contours of Gillian Welch’s “Elvis Presley Blues” while Vile’s guitar provided empathetic commentary. Even better was the ...
M. Ward
  –  October 25, 2017
s 2003 release, "Transfiguration of Vincent", caught the attention of fans and future collaborators, including Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, Cat Power, Gillian Welch and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). Since 2003, M. has released ...
Craig Finn dressing as Paul Stanley at Halloween show, encourages crowd to do the same
  –  October 24, 2017
At the shows on this tour, John K Samson has been joining Craig Finn on stage during his set for a few songs, including covers of Gillian Welch’s “Wrecking Ball” and Husker Du’s “She’s A Woman (and Now He Is A Man).” Watch them do the Gillian ...
Jackson Browne and Seal Join Bluesfest 2018 Line-Up
  –  October 23, 2017
Comparisons are already being made to Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch! “They are on a mission from God, and coming to Bluesfest…..yes, it’s the truly incredible Original Blues Brothers Band. They have only played Bluesfest once before, and they ...
Musician’s Masquerade Open Mike Comes to The Low Beat October 29
  –  October 23, 2017
Some of the “musicians” who have attended in the past have been Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Billie Holiday, Elvis, David Bowie, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Bob Marley, Diana Ross, Gillian Welch, Leonard Cohen and of course, there have been more than one ...
Bluesfest announces its 2018 blues festival lineup
  –  October 23, 2017
Comparisons are already being made to Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch! They are on a mission from God, and coming to Bluesfest…..yes, it’s the truly incredible Original Blues Brothers Band. They have only played Bluesfest once before, and they are ...
Caley Conway, Luke Arvid, Sleep Now Forever
  –  October 22, 2017
the burden of expectations-- but she does so with an extraordinarily light touch, delivering her quippy lyrics behind a barely concealed smirk. Think of her as a more laid-back Gillian Welch-- if Welch doused her record in casual profanity."
Hurray for the Riff Raff wowed packed St Luke’s in Glasgow with formidable and entertaining show
  –  October 22, 2017
Another covers album, My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, hints at her diverse influences with songs by Townes Van Zandt, Billie Holiday, Gillian Welch, Leadbelly, John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell, Hank Williams and George Harrison. A lot has been wri ...
What's In Your Fridge: Andrew Phelan
  –  October 22, 2017
It was all a lot to take in for one brain. Gillian Welch Time, The Revelator Without a doubt, my favourite collection of songwriting. Gillian Welch captures an emotion with songs that I have never experienced from anyone else. It's also a total ...
A man of many associations, Willie Watson brings ‘Folksinger’ act to town
  –  October 18, 2017
1” to more ensemble-based romps featuring folk empress Gillian Welch and Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert (both fellow members of the Dave Rawlings Machine). But the most satisfying collaborations on “Vol. 2” come from four songs featuring the ...
What’s actually going on when people talk about digital vs. analogue masters
  –  October 18, 2017
using Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ decision to cut their own records as a retro-utopian alternative. While that is probably not the answer either, as long as vinyl is marketed as a higher quality product, its short-comings are going to be exposed.
Songs That Say 'Me Too'
  –  October 17, 2017
Grant puts mercy before patriarchal judgment in her version of being born again. Gillian Welch, 'Caleb Meyer' (1998) The murder ballad is a Euro-American traditional song form that forms one of the foundations of folk music. Through its many tales of lone ...
Willie Watson : Folksinger Vol. 2
  –  October 15, 2017
Accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, harp and Dobro and with assists from the Fairfield Four gospel singers, Gillian Welch, the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert and Old Crow’s Morgan Jahnig, Watson and company revisit “Samson and Delilah,” “Gallows ...
Video Lesson: David Rawlings Shares a Close-up Look at His Singular Style
  –  October 14, 2017
When Gillian Welch and David Rawlings released their seminal debut back in 1996, they were often tagged as traditionalists—after all, the album title was Revival, with a black-and-white cover photo of Welch that looked as if it could have been taken ...
Hardly Strictly Performers Offer Solace In Dark Times, While Blue Angels Crash The Concert Overhead
  –  October 9, 2017
Among other highlights were Conor Oberst, Brandi Carlisle, and First Aid Kit on Friday; Robert Earle Keen, Gillian Welch, and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach on Saturday; and Big Freedia, Cheap Trick, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, and Emmylou Harris on Sunday.
Best moments from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017
  –  October 9, 2017
Even Hardly Strictly regulars Gillian Welch and David Rawlings couldn’t help but marvel over the beautiful autumn weather and huge turnout for the festival at the Banjo Stage on Saturday afternoon. “You don’t know how cool it is too look out there ...
Concert Review: Gillian Welch Transfixes Vinyl-Fanatic Crowd at the Orpheum
  –  October 5, 2017
Not many artists besides Welch could theme a tour around a six-year-old album's belated vinyl release, but there's not much this Americana queen does the standard way. “It’s not the most chipper record; If you think it starts out bad, just wait ...
Gillian Welch revisits ‘The Harrow & the Harvest’ with a show Wednesday in Los Angeles, her childhood home
  –  September 29, 2017
Gillian Welch comes to Los Angeles this week with her longtime musical partner David Rawlings on a tour that could be described as an album-release show at the Orpheum Theatre – for an album that, while her most recent, nonetheless came out in 2011.
Gillian Welch: An analog artist living in a digital era
  –  July 31, 2017
When Gillian Welch talks about records, she tends to wax philosophical. "I didn't realize how much, in my heart, that the music that really matters to me was always playing off a turntable," Welch tells the Daily News ahead of her performance at the Beacon ...

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