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About the song
Gillian Welch ( born October 2, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. She
performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and
dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian music, Bluegrass,
and Americana, is described by The New Yorker as "at once innovative and
obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms".
Welch and Rawlings have released five critically acclaimed albums. Their 1996
debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received
nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Their
2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, drums and a more upbeat
sound to their body of work. After a gap of eight years, they released their fifth
studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011.
Welch was an associate producer and performed on two songs of the O Brother,
Where Art Thou? soundtrack, a platinum album that won the Grammy Award for
Album of the Year in 2002. Welch has collaborated and recorded with
distinguished musicians such as Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar,
Emmylou Harris, The Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco. Welch and Rawlings
perform at many music festivals.