September 27, 2011 |
The volume seemed to be turning up: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings were moving away from acoustic austerity, growing comfortable rocking out. Their last album, "Soul Journey," saw these Nashville alt-folkies jolting their sound with electricity and a backbeat. Rawlings has stepped out as a producer — indie rockers Bright Eyes, the shambling Old Crow Medicine Show — and the duo guested on the Decemberists' breakout, "The King Is Dead. " Could this mid-career acoustic duo — in its first release in eight years — be ready for a similar lunge into the mainstream?
May 13, 2001 |
Gillian Welch is a singer-songwriter with a history of strong critical support and a loyal fan base, and she just got a huge career boost from being featured on the unlikely hit soundtrack of old-timey country music from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" So as a free agent without a record deal, she was in a position to name the label she wanted to be on. She named it Acony Records.
September 30, 2004 |
Gillian Welch didn't set out to establish herself as a music-industry maverick. The Manhattan-born, Los Angeles-reared singer-songwriter simply wanted to find a way to make music the way she wanted people to hear it. But ever since she and longtime musical partner David Rawlings set up their own record label for their 2001 album "Time (The Revelator)," they've become quasi-heroes in the world of independently produced pop music.
May 16, 2003 |
Gillian Welch is no screamer, yelper or blues shouter. Her voice is wistful and weary, singing of spiritual quests and first loves, lonesome thoughts and leaving home. So there was a quiet ease to her performance Wednesday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, but also a strong will that emerged from the emotional content of her songs.
June 2, 1996 |
Gillian Welch is clearly a young woman who adapts easily to strange, unfamiliar surroundings. Having been stuck in traffic all day en route to a gig at Manhattan's Irving Plaza, the singer is more than happy to plunk herself down on an old sofa in the club's ladies' lounge--the only room in the venue that's relatively free of noise and chaos--and chat for a few minutes.
August 11, 2011
MUSIC On "The Hazards of Love," the 2009 album from the Decemberists, frontman Colin Meloy and his merry band of Pacific Northwest hucksters created a medieval rock opera. The band's latest album, "The King Is Dead," takes the opposite tack, exploring Americana, a much more simple, rustic format. The right players are on the record with Meloy — R.E.M.'s Peter Buck contributes guitar and mandolin, and Gillian Welch provides vocals that go a long way in establishing some measure of restraint here.