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Gillian Welch: It's not as if I had writers block, I just didn't write anything I liked, and I know enough at this point to trust myself: If I don't like 'em, it's hard to believe that anybody else will. This record was also the most intertwined that Dave and I have ever been. Music Monday: 15 Minutes With the Dave Rawlings Machine. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings finally emerge triumphant from their But Welch and Rawlings set high standards; little wonder for a couple. In the second week of May, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings drove from Los This epic journey has become a routine for the couple; in the past year, . sing of leasing “20 acres and one Ginny mule from the Alabama trust”.
It's also why their new album The Harrow and the Harvest took eight years to arrive. Advertisement Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Even Bob Dylan has put out bad albums.Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - Full Concert - 08/03/08 - Newport Folk Festival (OFFICIAL)
But Welch and Rawlings set high standards; little wonder for a couple who met as music students at Berklee College of Music in Boston, she a songwriting major, he guitar. From their debut Revival, through to Hell Among the YearlingsTime the Revelator and 's Soul Journey, every one of them has been a sublime triumph.
They refused to do anything less with the follow-up. You know, if someone said our music is boring, I can't really fault them. You have to be listening. No, truly,'' she says in response to my laughter. For Dave and I, it's this incredibly rich, intricate, almost ecstatic panorama.
But if you don't enter into the world, then you could easily just dismiss it. So far, fans have deemed it worth the wait Melbourne radio station 3RRR took just 30 minutes of having a copy to decide to make it their album of the week this week.
It just wasn't good … and that's part of what the album title speaks to. It was very trying for us. To say it was frustrating would be an understatement. It was Time the Revelator that inspired Sydney promoter Brian Taranto of Love Police to begin pursuing the duo for an Australian tour, despite not having seen them perform live.
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Encouragingly, Welch says she and Rawlings hope to return to Australia sometime in January. Taranto affirms the duo ''will be here in the next 12 months for sure''.
After that tour, Australian fans - as they did everywhere - eagerly awaited a new Gillian Welch album. Inthey were halfway sated by the first solo album for Rawlings. A song on that album became an important catalyst for bringing him and Welch out of the rut.
Like just say words, see what comes out. But that is how it started. You know, pretty much every way. Gillian, I read that you were in a punk band in college. Do you ever feel like trying out a completely different genre — just for a couple weeks?
I do like all kinds of music. That was me wilding out and using organ, electric guitar and drums. It seems unlikely that we would write a punk record at this point. Yeah, I have too much respect for punk music to try and write it.
Were there any songs that surprised you? They really changed and came back around.
And late, afternoon, in the studio, Dave pretty substantially rewrote the music to the chorus part. To the verses too. Yeah, that was the record. It started as almost, The Band inspired track. I started, when Dave was still making the Machine record, and I was thinking about Levon Helm who was going to come in and play drums on the Machine record. Most of the songs got finished — like they were all sort of progressing and moving toward completion — and they all got finished in Nashville in the studio.
They were all pretty fresh, it was a pretty spontaneous process. What makes a good song? I need to feel it. I feel like our good songs are like that.
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Yeah, yeah it crops up. As Dave was saying, all kinds of feelings that you have can go into a song in a short phrase.
So I get nowhere. I think that one question, one answer, and Ta Da! If you had a goal, what would the goal be for your songs? Are you trying to communicate something to the audience? Is it an act of catharsis? But that is the ultimate — that is the goal. Music was always more important than anything else. Even when I was young I got so much out of listening to music, it was one of my favorite things.
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