Gillian Welch

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": alt-country singer-songwriter americana country folk female vocalists bluegrass Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1967, New York City, New York, USA. The daughter of Hollywood television composers, Welch was raised in California where she achieved a degree in photography at Santa Cruz College. She later attended the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, where she met her musical, songwriting and romantic partner David Rawlings. They began playing bluegrass clubs as a duo, gradually incorporating original material into a set comprising traditional country songs. Moving to Nashville in 1993, they gained a writing contract at Almo-Irving, before Welch signed as a solo artist to Almo Sounds (the new label started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss after they sold A&M Records). Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Revival (marketed under Welch’s name, but essentially a duo album with Rawlings) featured a stellar list of session men including James Burton, Roy Huskey Jnr., Buddy Harmon and Jim Keltner. Beautifully melodic and brutally moral, the songs ranged from the dirty,...

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