Known for her evocative and deft resurrection of Appalachia music of the Early 20th Century, Gillian Welch was born in Manhattan, New York on October 2, 1967. She grew up in West Los Angeles, California, where her parents were Writers for the Carol Burnett Show. It was there, as a child, she began listening to the Delmore Brothers, the Carter Family, and the Stanley Brothers.
While attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Gillian Welch began performing Country music, Bluegrass music, and her own compositions. See also met David Rawlings, a fellow student, who would become her long time singing partner.
Performing for Peter Rowan in Nashville, the Duo was discovered by T-Bone Burnett, who helped them secure a record deal and produced their 1996 Revival album. This Classic album contained full-bodied cuts with legendary Session Players, as well as recordings in mono to capture the sound of the bygone era of Appalachia-style music.
Gillian Welch has appeared on several Soundtracks, most notably, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. She has also contributed to Tribute albums such as “Songs Of Dwight Yoakam: Will Sing For Food,” and guested on albums of other Performers.
Because of the Grammy Award-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” album, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings became a major part of a Traditional American Folk revival. They also founded their Acony Records label.
In 2014, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appeared on the “Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited” album that paid homage to Native American history.
Containing an elegance of the music, and subtle passion, their latest album. the 2016 “Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg” album saw the Duo feature alternate versions, demos, and unreleased outtakes of their “Revival” album from twenty years earlier.
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***Brett Matthew West is a Nashvillian and a long time Freelance Writer. His myriad of feature articles have been published in a vast array of newspapers and magazines around the United States. He also possesses an extensive online presence for his Short Stories.***