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Customer Reviews

Gillian and David Rock.

This version of Black Star is heartbreaking and just great great great. Buy the one song if you don't buy the whole EP. White Freightliner Blues is a good ol' timey number, and very upbeat for Gillian Welch. Her version of Pocahontas reaches a bit, but it does have some merit. Overall, the best three bucks you'll spend all year.

Absolutely gorgeous...

Until I heard Gillian Welch, I would have thought that only Johnny Cash could sing "Pocahontas" without it sounding cheesy. BOY was I wrong. This EP is wonderful. Black Star is a joy, Pocahontas a revelation and White Freightliner Bluer a bonus. Highly recommended EP. These live EPs are all I have time for - and this one lives up to the bill. Gillian is amazing and this can be for the appreciator or for the novice. It appeals to all. ENJOY it - I know I am.

Live Cover Songs

Black Star = Radiohead cover Pocahontas = Neil Young cover White Freightliner Blues = Townes Van Zandt cover Black Star sounds great. I can't stand any other version of Pocahontas since Johnny Cash covered it (a to die for cover his is! sadly not available on i-tunes). And WFB is funny is a Gillian Welch sorta way. The upbeat plucky melody contrasts the lyrics that half of her friends have died. Very charming in her cynical sort of way. Thanks I-tunes and GW for the EP!


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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