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Gillian Welch

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Gillian Howard Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Welch’s musical style combines elements of , neotraditional , , old time string band music, and .
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 was adopted when she was three days old. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. By the age of seven, she had learned 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 band, Welch moved to Boston and studied at the Berklee College of Music.

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  • Tymbolic

    Man, she's great.

    17 Apr 4:02am Reply
  • Hallshaster

    She's a great singer and looks like someone I know. That person I know is awful and is now in jail. Gillian is nothing like her. Like i said, she only looks like her.

    9 Apr 9:37pm Reply
  • ylanglang

    Wrecking Ball

    12 Feb 9:37pm Reply
  • Nessyliz

    Love love love love

    2 Feb 1:02am Reply
  • rodeoparade

    i hereby declare myself the biggest GW fan in the history of the universe. we could argue about it or be really happy good friends who love good music and this beautiful soul makin it. hot damn she is my girl<3

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JuniorLKS

    Just discovered her through Last.fm recomendations. Love at first listen!

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • enemvee

    Some rare souls are just meant to create beautiful, enchanting music that never gets old.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mns335

    enjoying your music this friday, thanks !

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zackbushi

    i can't beiieve i havent found out about her before!!!!!she's one of those people who are so talented that i'm actually pissed off....

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • xoxoxo_ul

    She's outstanding. Agree with @art_of_ashes

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • timothyzha

    i dream a highway cover: http://soundcloud.com/organtapes/i-dream-a-highway

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • robertsona_last

    she's so fucking good oh my god

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ijkidd

    Changed my profile picture in honour of Dave & Gillian, marvelous musicians.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • HeySharpshooter

    New album is her best work ever. Real Country... suck it Taylor Swift.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • minusthepedro

    Holy shit this is good, can't belive i haven't discovered her earlier. [3]

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • philbury

    We went to see Gillian Welch at Hammersmith and it was mind-blowing

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • UlthweEskimos

    Thank god hell on wheels helped me discover her, amazing she is

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • blutos

    Harvest is fucking incredible.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • emcxmc

    saw Welch and Rawlings in Antwerp yesterday, absolutely magical, love them.

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • bullroarer

    The Harrow and the Harvest is beautiful! I'm also kind of obsessed with the album cover.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
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