Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Gillian Welch is an uncompromising musical renegade with five critically acclaimed albums and a Grammy Award under her belt. Writing and performing with her longtime partner, David Rawlings, they present their haunting songs like rock and roll chamber music, with two acoustic guitars and two voices welded together. Their music defies easy categorization -- it embraces, and is in turn embraced by, the pre-eminent ambassadors of folk, bluegrass, R & B, and rock and roll.
The duo’s unique approach has produced 1996's debut Revival, 1998's Hell Among the Yearlings, 2001's Time (the Revelator), 2003's Soul Journey, and their latest, 2011’s The Harrow & The Harvest. Welch’s acoustic sound is a nod to her affinity for the music of The Carter Family, Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. Gillian’s songs have been covered by such American legends as Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Solomon Burke. She has shared the stage with the likes of Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Elvis Costello, recorded alongside an all-star cast on the Grammy Award-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack, and appeared on records by Norah Jones, Mark Knopfler, Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Decemberists to name a few.
The response to The Harrow & The Harvest, released in June 2011, has been fantastic, recognized by Paste Magazine as “one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.” New York Daily News deemed Welch a “national treasure…the ultimate pin-up girl for the Americana movement,” while The Los Angeles Times admired the record’s “lilting voices, vivid lyrical twists and crisp acoustic flourishes.” The Associated Press was enthralled by the album’s “10 songs that suspend time and reduce the entire world to a bare, slat-floored room,” and American Songwriter praised the new songs as “defiantly spare and spectral, featuring the dueling guitars and voices of Welch and longtime partner Dave Rawlings. Their playing sounds tighter and more intuitive than ever.”
The Harrow & The Harvest