The alt-country/bluegrass/pop awesome blossom Gillian Welch is turning 45 today*. Take a load off, Gillian.
*It's also Gandhi's birthday, but he doesn't have any great alt-country covers on YouTube. Happy birthday anyway.
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Elvis Presley Blues is my favorite Gillian Welch song.
@wallsdonotfall agree. the lyrics are staggeringly wonderful.
@wallsdonotfall - OH GOD the way she sings "what's wrong with me" in the John Henry verse just breaks me right open every time I hear it.
@wallsdonotfall My fave is Orphan Girl. Sweet Lord above, I adore that song. Like allllmost to an unhealthy place, like where I secretly pretend I'm the orphan girl in the song just so I can relate better. But just kidding. I love you mom and dad don't ever make me an orphan.
Yesssss, I am currently OBSESSED with Gillian Welch (ever since Esther included Look At Miss Ohio on the most recent Sounds Ace podcast actually). Soul Journey has been on constant repeat in my house. Thanks for posting, Nicole!
@Cat named Virtute If you like Soul Journey I recommend Revival, it's got a similar feel to Soul Journey. (But then also listen to Caleb Meyer off of Hell Among the Yearlings, if you liked Look At Miss Ohio.)
Also Miranda Lambert included a cover of Look At Miss Ohio on her latest album, Four For the Record, which is worth a listen.
@The Lady of Shalott Ohhh, thank you! I will look up all of these things. I've also been listening to The Revelator a bunch, ever since I realized that one of my favourite poems (Karen Solie's "Listening to The Revelator") is a reference to it. Did you listen to Esther's podcast? It's a Country Ladies special and there are so many gems on it.
@Cat named Virtute No, but I'm going to!!! I really love the Revelator as well--I Dream A Highway and Everything Is Free are two of my most-listened-to songs on itunes.
LISTEN AUGH AUGH SO GOOD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nugXkgd_-84
@The Lady of Shalott Now I've spent my entire day listening to Whiskey Girl and I Dream a Highway and Hard Times on repeat and being melancholy and it's all your fault! But also so good.
I WORSHIP AT HER FEET OMG I ADORE HER SO MUCH
I love her so much it isn't even healthy. AND AND AND OCMS. Oh my god I got to see OCMS live in concert a couple years ago and stand up next to the stage and it was PHENOMENAL, oh man. GILLIAN WELCH + OCMS = BEST EVER
Basically I love her so much it's upsetting. One of my Life Dreams is to see her in concert. (Another one of my Life Dreams was to see a whale in person and when I did that it was so awesome I almost started screaming so I shudder to think what I would be like at a Gillian Welch concert.)
@The Lady of Shalott The first time I saw Gillian in concert, I'd never heard her music before. It was practically a mystical experience. She is hugely charismatic in person.
I've seen her live once since then, but that was years ago. I wish she toured more often.
@The Lady of Shalott
OH MAN YES. I saw that tour at Abbey Pub in Chicago, there were three encores!
@The Lady of Shalott Is this The Big Surprise Tour (GW, OCMS, Dave Rawlings, and the Felice Brothers)? Because my dude got me tickets for that as a surprise for my birthday a few years back, and I very nearly cried. So many musicians I love all on stage together! [ETA: crap I misread your comment. But yeah, if you get a chance to time travel and see The Big Surprise tour -- preeeeetty good.]
Gillian Welch now and forever and in the past and always and I love her. Sometimes, especially in a good fall melancholy (the kind that's not actually depressing and is really kind of nice) I put I Dream a Highway on repeat and take the longest walk ever.
@rachelrachel my favorite fall hobby is Gillian Welch marathons. How is it that "Time (The Revelator)" NEVER gets old??? She's not of this world...
@skipperdee Time (The Revelator) is the best- the harmony and lyrics are just beautiful. This post is going to make me want to get back into listening to Gillian Welch again (on two-month hiatus after a round of obsessive moving between Revelator/Soul Journey and BRMC Howl- esp 'Faultlines' . Now its Florence and the Machine *sigh*) Music listening patterns can be a weird thing.
She channels country soul. It is uncanny. But somebody tell me who she killed for that pitch-perfect red-dirt accent she speaks with, growing up in Hollywood or wherever.
@Tulletilsynet and going to school in boston!
@Ophelia Seriously. I am dying right now. I want to be in that audience/clawing my way up onto that stage SO BADLY.
It may say something about my level of GW love that saw the freeze frame of the clip and got the song immediately stuck in my head.
I've seen her live 3 times solo, and once with Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, and Patty Griffin. AMAZING all the time.
@LacunaKale Gillian Welch + Patty Griffin+ Emmylou = holy trinity of everything that is wonderful in this worldddd (Still haven't seen Gillian but I got tix for Patty's solo tour 2 nights in a row later this month o.O)
@skipperdee I regret to say that Patty Griffin was the weak point of that show. But still a pretty strong weak point.
@skipperdee i've seen all three at the newport folk festival in the past two years and good god are they beautiful. one of the things i'm the most grateful for is how my love of folk music came about and has grown, thanks to wonderful influences from people around me.
This is a really good excuse to listen to all of Gillian Welch's albums today. EVERY NOTE ON THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST IS PERFECT. EVERY. NOTE.
@skipperdee EVERY SINGLE ONE OH GOD.
Also how gorgeous is this poster? http://www.flickr.com/photos/skeffto/6412479667/ SO GORGEOUS THAT'S HOW
@The Lady of Shalott I have that (yes the signed version) hanging on my living room wall.
(Am I sounding like a crazy GW stalker? Cause I'm not. I'm moderately sane and normal obsessed)
I want to have Gillian Welch's babies. Or just have her sing the soundtrack to my life. Or just maybe meet her for coffee.
She is so good. I saw her and Dave Rawlings at the Beacon last fall and it was, as someone says above, kind of mystical. It was during Occupy Wall Street and they did a This Land is Your Land singalong and even though I knew intellectually and through powers of observation that the theater was almost exclusively upper middle class NPR listeners, it felt like we were tapped into some communal cross section of America.
Also I vividly remember the moment I was listening to "Everything is Free Now" on the train and realized it was about file sharing.
Also, I blame Laura Ingalls Wilder for making me think fiddle-playing men are so. hot.
@Ophelia No, fiddlin' dudes are incredibly sexy, regardless of previous influence.
David Rawlings is a fox. Part of what I love about her so much is that they met and dated in college, and aren't a couple anymore but he's continued to be a supporting part of (read: her bitch) her musical endeavors ever since.
Nah. They're a couple: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304450604576416011524927264.html
God freaking jesus she's amazing.
I love her I love her I love her. I saw her (finally!!!) last year at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in SF and when she started doing a cover of "Lua" who should come on stage with her but Conor Oberst! I don't even like him that much, but their duet of that song is beautiful because duh, everything Gillian Welch touches is beautiful.
@Diana HSB is coming up again this weekend! Huzzah! Are you going?
This is my favorite kind of music. Yessss.
Scared to say this here, but Gillian is in the Meg White league of hitting drums. Don't drum, Gillian!
When Warren Hellman, the founder and benefactor of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, passed away, there was a huge memorial concert for him on the beach. It was transcendent- picture Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Steve Earl, Old Crow, and more performing this song together. I nearly died of happiness.
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