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Gillian Welch (née le 2 octobre 1967 à New York) est auteur et interprète. Son style musical réunit des éléments de bluegrass, de country néo-traditionelle, en un style rustique qu’elle appelle l’american primitive. Sur tous ses enregistrements figure la guitare de son partenaire musical, David Rawlings.

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Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs « American Primitive ».
All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies and unconventional guitar work of her musical partner, David Rawlings. Her music is often described as haunting or soothing. Gillian pronounces her first name with a hard G.

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Discographie

Revival, 1996
Hell Among the Yearlings, 1998
Time (The Revelator), 2001
Soul Journey, 2003

Videographie

The Revelator Collection, DVD, 2002

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Welch was born in Manhattan and was adopted when she was three days old. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. On her eighth birthday she wished for and got a guitar and lessons, and learned soon to play the guitar. Studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Welch discovered bluegrass music through the « mountain soul » stylings of The Stanley Brothers. After a short stint in a local camp band called Söfa, Welch moved to Boston and studied at the Berklee College of Music.

In Boston, Welch met and began dating David Rawlings, who would become her long-time musical partner. In 1992, they moved to Nashville and began building a career. In Nashville, she met T-Bone Burnett, producer to such artists as Los Lobos, Sam Phillips, Counting Crows, and Elvis Costello.
In 1996, Welch released her first album, Revival, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1997.

Since then, she has recorded other albums and collaborated on the songs « Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby » and « I’ll Fly Away » on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the Coen Brothers hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
Welch also had a cameo in the film, as a girl in a record store trying to obtain a copy of the Soggy Bottom Boys’ recording of « Man of Constant Sorrow. »

Welch has also collaborated with good friend and singer/songwriter Ryan Adams on the albums Heartbreaker and Destroyer. She and Rawlings toured with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Buddy Miller in 2004 as The Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue. Welch and Rawlings have collaborated with Old Crow Medicine Show and appear in their video of their song « Wagon Wheel ». Recently, Welch and Rawlings have been touring with Bright Eyes in 2007 on their American Cassadaga tour.

Discography

Revival, 1996
Hell Among the Yearlings, 1998
Time (The Revelator), 2001
Soul Journey, 2003

Videography

The Revelator Collection, DVD, 2002

Performances and recordings with other artists

Welch covers Gram Parsons’ « Hickory Wind » on the various artists’ compilation, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, released in 1999.
Welch and Rawlings sing backing vocals on « Speedway at Nazareth » and « Prairie Wedding » on Mark Knopfler’s 2000 album Sailing to Philadelphia.
Welch plays drums and David Rawlings produces on Old Crow Medicine Show’s album Big Iron World.
Welch performs vocals on Bright Eyes’ 2007 release Cassadaga.
Welch and Rawlings performed on Robyn Hitchcock’s 2004 album Spooked.
On April 5, 2007, Welch joined the Decemberists on stage in Nashville as a surprise guest.
On June 2, 2007, Welch and Rawlings appeared as a special surprise guest at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble sessions in Woodstock, NY.
Welch performs vocals on two songs for Old Crow Medicine Show’s World Cafe EP. (Wrecking Ball, Odds’n Ends).
Welch and David Rawlings performed on Jay Farrar’s 2001 album Sebastopol.
Welch and David Rawlings performed with Bright Eyes and Maria Taylor in the Taylor Family Band at a secret show in Birmingham, AL on December 28, 2006
Welch and Rawlings contribute various of their talents to Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker.
Welch plays drums on Uncle Earl’s album Waterloo, Tennessee (The Last Goodbye)
Welch and Rawlings open for Bright Eyes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Both join the second opener as well as Bright Eyes throughout the show. (Sioux Falls, SD: Ramkota Convention Center)

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