Barry Gibb announces new album featuring Isbell, Krauss, Welch and Rawlings – Listen

And we bet you never thought you’d see that headline. Bee Gees frontman Barry Gibb has announced a new album titled ‘Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1.’ The record is inspired by Gibb apparently being a lifelong fan of country and bluegrass music and includes a string of familiar names from the world of country and americana including Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, and Jason Isbell who he duets with on a track called ‘Words of a Fool’ which you can listen to below. Continue reading “Barry Gibb announces new album featuring Isbell, Krauss, Welch and Rawlings – Listen”

Gillian Welch “Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol.1” (Acony Records, 2020)

Lockdown seems to have spurred Gillian Welch into action. Hardly a prolific artist, this latest disc comes hot on the heels of her covers album, ‘All The Good Times’, and a further two volumes of so-called “lost songs” are promised soon. ‘All The Good Times’ was a lockdown collection of fresh recordings with her long time partner David Rawlings, but ‘The Lost Songs’ series comprise a selection drawn from a cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings laid down by Welch and Rawlings in 2002. Apparently, this burst of activity was in order to release Welch from a publishing contract and the songs were then filed away. The three volumes will feature 48 new songs, a veritable treasure trove for fans. Continue reading “Gillian Welch “Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol.1” (Acony Records, 2020)”

Gillian Welch to release new volume of “lost recordings” – Listen

Gillian Welch has confirmed the digital release of ‘Boots No.2: The Lost Songs, Vol.1’ which will come out at the end of this month via Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001. The new collection is unearthed from a cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings and is the second release of archival music from the vault of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Continue reading “Gillian Welch to release new volume of “lost recordings” – Listen”

Something for the weekend: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings “Jackson”

So, the end of another very sad week for music with news that for me the best venue in the country, The Deaf Institute in Manchester, will never be reopening its doors – more than ever, please do go and support the Save Our Venues campaign. In the meantime, we leave you this week dear reader with a track taken from the new covers album by americana stalwarts Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, ‘All the Good Times’. Recorded at home on a reel-to-reel tape machine, the digitally released album includes their own version of songs by artists including Bob Dylan (‘Señor,’ ‘Abandoned Love’), John Prine (‘Hello in There’), Elizabeth Cotton (‘Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie’) and Norman Blake (‘Ginseng Sullivan’), along with their take on traditional tunes such as ‘Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss’ and ‘Poor Ellen Smith.’ There’s also a cracking version of  Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s duet ‘Jackson’. Have a good one if you can.

AmericanA to Z – David Rawlings

David Rawlings is best known for his work with Gillian Welch, with whom he creates achingly beautiful and melancholy music. The couple were part of the Bluegrass Class of 2000 who suddenly found that they had mainstream appeal after the huge success of the Coen Brother’s ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?‘ At that point, Rawlings and Welch had already recorded two albums with legendary producer T Bone Burnett, who also produced the ‘O Brother…’ soundtrack. They weren’t exactly flying under the radar, but the impact on the Coen brothers film cannot be understated. The follow up documentary ‘Down From the Mountain,‘ followed the various artists involved in the soundtrack, including Rawlings and Welch, culminating in a concert at the Ryman in Nashville. This was wildly popular and paved the way for bluegrass-influenced bands like Nickel Creek to enjoy massive mainstream popularity in the early 00’s. Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – David Rawlings”

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings record Buster Scruggs song – Listen

A nice story RS Country are carrying today about that wonderful song from the first story in the Coen Brothers’ “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” movie. They report: “One of those most important traditions, the cowboy song, is captured in the pair’s plaintive Academy Award-nominated tune, “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” for which they’ve released their own recording. Continue reading “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings record Buster Scruggs song – Listen”

Various Artists “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs – Original Soundtrack” (Milan Records, 2018)

If you haven’t yet seen the latest Coen Brothers effort, ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’, then you’re in for a treat. Released through Netflix (and if you haven’t got access to Netflix then surely someone you know must have –  just pitch up on their doorstep with two fingers of red eye and persuade them to watch it with you), it’s a portmanteau movie set in the old west with six distinct tales. These pitch from rib tickling fun to very dark humour and there are echoes of influences as far ranging as Gene Autry, Cormac McCarthy and even an obscure 1920’s Danish film, ‘The Phantom Carriage’. Murder and dirty deeds loom large throughout. Of note to AUK readers is the presence of Tom Waits and Willie Watson on screen and two compositions by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch on the soundtrack. Continue reading “Various Artists “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs – Original Soundtrack” (Milan Records, 2018)”

Interview: David Rawlings

David Rawlings is quite the guy these days. A still youthful picker with an extraordinary command of the roots and traditional end of US country music, Rawlings has been plying his trade for many years, always earning praise, accolades and generating interest in both the genre and his own personal take on it all. Surprisingly, perhaps, he also remains firmly footed and rooted in a bubble of modesty and humility that, frankly, is a rare thing in modern-day Music City, Nashville, where he is based. Continue reading “Interview: David Rawlings”

David Rawlings “Cumberland Gap” – Listen

New music from David Rawlings is always a bit of a treat and this Southern gothic tune appears on the singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Poor David’s Almanack,’ which is due out August 11th. “That song was written a little later than the first batch of songs for this record,” Rawlings tells Rolling Stone Country. “It started out as a groove and melody and chords. The music felt like it had some kind of adventurous feeling, or a feeling of pioneering. I had been working to come up with a title or a theme or hook. One night as I was sitting playing through the music, the ‘Cumberland Gap’ words sprung to mind.” Read more about it over at Rolling Stone.

David Rawlings announces new album – due August

Songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings, he of “and Gillian Welch” fame, has announced the release of his freshly pressed third album “Poor David’s Almanack” which will see the light of day on August 11th via Acony Records. For the new album, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in what’s described as “ageless American vernacular”. The album of ten new songs was crafted by Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.  Continue reading “David Rawlings announces new album – due August”