Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gillian Welch

I watched The Revelator Collection on DVD four times yesterday! Gillian Welch's voice is just so fine and her songs (most written with musical partner David Rawlings) are sublime and haunting. Included also are three great cover tunes: Bob Dylan's "Billy," Neil Young's "Pochahontas," and Townes van Zandt's "White Freight Liner Blues." This film of performance clips from their 2001 tour made me realize that David Rawlings is not just some guy on guitar. Here they are on YouTube playing "Look At Miss Ohio."

I have four Gillian Welch CD's on Acony Records: Revival (1996), Hell Among the Yearlings (1998), Time (The Revelator) (2001), and Soul Journey (2003). They are all terrific, with Hell and Time tied for favorite.

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