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    Gillian Welch

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    Genre:Country, Ethnic/Folk
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Miner's Refrain lyrics
    2Look At Miss Ohio lyrics
    3My First Lover lyrics
    4Orphan Girl lyrics
    5Red Clay Halo lyrics
    6Wayside/Back in Time lyrics
    7One Morning lyrics
    8Winter's Come and Gone lyrics
    9Honey Now lyrics
    10Everything Is Free lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Harrow & the Harvest [2011]
    2Soul Journey [2003]
    3Revival [1996]
    4Time (The Revelator) [2001]
    5Hell Amoung the Yearlings [1998]


    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 early country music, in
    particular the work of the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers,
    and the Carter Family.

    In the early '90s, Welch attended the Berklee School of Music in
    Boston, MA, where she began performing her own material, as
    well as traditional country and bluegrass songs, as part of a duo
    with fellow student David Rawlings. After honing their skills in local
    open mike showcases, the duo began performing regularly
    throughout the country. While opening for Peter Rowan in
    Nashville, they were spotted by musician and producer T-Bone
    Burnett, who helped Welch and Rawlings land a record deal. With
    Burnett producing, they cut 1996's starkly beautiful Revival, an
    album split between bare-bones duo performances -- some even
    recorded in mono to capture a bygone sound -- and more full-
    bodied cuts featuring legendary session men like guitarist James
    Burton, upright bassist Roy Huskey, Jr., and drummers Buddy
    Harmon and Jim Keltner.

    Her sophomore album, Hell Among the Yearlings, followed in
    1998. The years following her second release found Welch
    involved in several soundtracks (O Brother Where Art Thou,
    Songcatcher), tribute albums (Songs of Dwight Yoakam: Will
    Sing for Food, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram
    Parsons), and guest spots on other artists' albums (Ryan Adams'
    Heartbreaker, Mark Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia). Following
    the success of O Brother, Welch and Rawlings found themselves
    in the center of a traditional American folk revival and released
    their third album, Time (The Revelator), in mid-2001. Steady
    touring, guest appearances, and the release of a DVD (The
    Revelator Collection) kept the pair busy, but in 2003 they found
    time to record Soul Journey, their second release on their own
    Acony Records label. ~ Jason Ankeny

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