Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Way That Gillian Goes

Gillian Welch’s new album, The Harrow & The Harvest, has been out for just a few weeks and it’s already one of my favorites of 2011. Like 2001’s epic Time the Revelator, this new release stunningly portrays that melancholy, old-timey, country-folk-bluegrass vibe in a way that no one else has since The Band. It’s amazing how Gillian and long-time music and life partner David Rawlings can write original new tracks that sound like authentic Civil War-era songs rather than mere mimicry or nods to the past.

And as if the songwriting and Gillian’s stark warble were not enough, Rawlings emotive picking on that ancient mini-acoustic guitar brands the duo’s sound as uniquely their own. Gotta love that gee-tar playin’!

This is one of several standout songs on the new CD, as recently performed by the pair on Conan:

I last saw Gillian and David playing 8 years ago, can’t wait to see them again when their lengthy nationwide tour returns to the Northeast this fall.

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