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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 4 December 1996

The Queen of nouveau bluegrass, Gillian Welch, and her guitar pickin' sidekick David Rawlings, talk about meeting at Berklee, making the fabulous Revival album, living in Nashville and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.2meg; Interview length: 38' 18"; sound quality: ***


Gillian Welch

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

DETACH YOURSELF for a moment, and this here is a pretty rum scene. ...

Gillian Welch: As Real And As Raw As It Gets

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, The Independent, 7 June 1997

Mark Cooper samples Gillian Welch's alternative bluegrass ...

Gillian Welch: Raising Cain

Overview by RJ Smith, The Village Voice, 11 August 1998

THERE OUGHT to be a genre name for the other kind of art-rock — music that includes all the ridiculously extreme stuff, all the stuff ...

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings at Aberdeen Music Hall

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, March 1999

ALL THINGS considered, the chilly, windswept environs of Aberdeen are probably not the best place to start your UK tour. At this remove from the ...

The Cost of Music

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 11 August 2001

"EVERYTHING IS free now," sings Gillian Welch. "That's what they say/Everything I ever done/ Gotta give it away." There is resignation in her voice. Though ...

Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2003

GILLIAN WELCH, with her hard 'G', is indisputably a Good Thing. Tall and gawky, decidedly non-photogenic, Gillian gives hope to all of us who contend ...

Gillian Welch: The Girl With No Name

Profile and Interview by Toby Manning, The Word, August 2003

The fastest-rising folk singer of her generation is an urban college girl writing spare, soulful country tunes set in a bygone America. Her natural mother ...

Gillian Welch: A Kind Of Bluegrass

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2003

Don't be fooled by her old-time country music and rural folk imagery. Gillian Welch is no mountain girl… ...

Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony)

Review by Nick Southall, Stylus, 1 September 2003

GILLIAN COULD HAVE COME DOWN from the mountains after Oh Brother and made the step into the wind that would have carried her to prosperity. ...

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, November 2003

Soul-searching partners on a trip to Dreamland ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 2 August 2004

"WE LOVE PLAYING HERE," Gillian Welch told us more than once, and since she and her musical soulmate David Rawlings were on for more than ...

Gillian Welch finds new audience with old-time Americana music

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 31 October 2004

FOR SOMEONE WHOSE stark songs sound like they have come from the impoverished rural underbelly of Depression-era America, Gillian Welch seems as lively as a ...

Gilllian Welch: Revival/Hell Among the Yearlings/Time (the Revelator)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, March 2009

Reissues of first three albums by the high priestess of "American Primitive" and partner David Rawlings. ...

Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend of a Friend

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2009

ANYONE WHO EVER felt that David Rawlings hid his light under Gillian Welch's bushel – never getting the full credit he merited as her partner ...

Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

Review by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, July 2011

This is a reaping song! Eight years on from Soul Journey, Welch and David Rawlings return with another timeless country classic... ...

Gillian Welch: Brighton Dome

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, 14 November 2011

THE ACHING melancholia of Gillian Welch's songs about struggle is only partially balanced by the sprightly, lyrical playing of her immensely skilled guitarist and partner ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: O2 Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2011

"THIS IS A SONG of hope and optimism," announced David Rawlings, some dozen or so tunes into tonight's set. "They think you're joking," came the ...

Air Miles: A Transatlantic Conversation with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, Fall 2011

MOBILE PHONES, don't you just hate them? I know that to most of the Earth's populace they're as essential as a limb these days, but ...

Gillian Welch: Boots No. 1 - The Official Revival Bootleg

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Just Backdated, 28 November 2016

THE ARRIVAL OF A new record from Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings is an eagerly anticipated event at Just Backdated. ...


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