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Produced after an eight-year break from recording new songs, this weighty album finds Gillian Welch making up for lost time and then some. Her throaty contralto leaves us breathless on one inspired track after another. Gritty tunes like the down-and-dirty bluegrass number "Scarlet Town" feel like portals into another time and place, while sultry ballads like "Dark Turn of Mind" combine traditional blues structures with delicate, country-style harmonies, reminding us that Ms. Welch can't be categorized—she's simply one of a kind.

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For those new to Gillian and David, do this: First, put on a set of headphones or those bud things, stretch out on the couch or easy chair, close your eyes and turn on the music. Second, at the end of the CD, get up and begin your quest for their earlier albums! Finally, log onto their website and check the tour schedule to see if they're coming your way, and If they are, get tickets early! The only thing better than their CDs is their live performances and how they make you feel.


I heard this album today on NPR's First Listen and it's a beautiful album. I'd heard some of the songs on live recordings and in concert because they've been kicking some of these songs, especially "Hard Times" and "The Way It Goes," for years now. The songs are well recorded and Rawlings's guitar playing is more expressive than ever.

It's been so long!

Welch/Rawlings' music calms my nerves and brings to mind a sadness that lifts my spirits. In my mind, they are the perfect duo. It took a while, but the new album is certainly worth the wait. Great lyrics, great vocals, great guitar.


Born: October 2, 1967 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Gillian Welch first appeared on the folk scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century. Welch was born in 1967 in Manhattan and grew up in West Los Angeles, where her parents wrote material for the comedy program The Carol Burnett Show. It was as a child that she became fascinated by bluegrass and...
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