It’s been a long time since Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have released an album; eight years to be exact. But, that’s OK. We don’t mind waiting because these two are masters, and masterworks take time. That being said, a handful of us around the store are bubbling over with the anticipation of hearing, loving and learning, word for word, a whole new album of material.
Tuesday, June 28 is the day. That’s when The Harrow & the Harvest comes out, and we have a special treat for you. For the first two hours of the day, we’re going to be having a listening party so you (and we) can check out the new album. We have some posters to give away and some cool little postcards and it should be a nice morning. So if you’re around tomorrow at 11am and want to give the new album a listen, come down to the store.
I didn’t see any videos up of their new material, but here’s a cool one of them doing “Look at Miss Ohio” at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur last month.
The other day someone sold back their Gillian Welch cd collection (I know – I don’t know what they were thinking either). Needless to say, since then, we have been working our way through the albums, and every time one comes on the stereo, I am reminded (again) how amazing she and David Rawlings are.
Although the cds are presented as Gillian Welch albums, as far as I know, David co-wrote all the songs and sang and played on everything. I’m not sure if he just wanted to take a backseat to stay out of the spotlight or what, but anyone who has seen them play knows that Gillian, who is really talented, becomes absolutely amazing with David accompanying her.
If roots awesomeness is your thing, you probably already know about these guys. If you don’t, happy birthday. Consider your life changed.
Here they are doing what they do best:
by Cat Johnson
Just thought I’d mention that outstanding songwriter, musician, performer, producer and roots-advocate Dave Rawlings is coming to town with his “Machine” this week. Well know for his somewhat behind the scenes musical partnership with the great Gillian Welch, he has been quietly establishing his own place as a great talent; something that anyone who has seen him play live can already attest to.
Rawlings and his band will be at the Catalyst on Friday, February 5. Get over there for a good old get down and come grab his new cd, Friend of a Friend. It is, as you’d expect, really good.