Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gillian Welch Sings Dylan, Simon, and Lewis Carroll

These songs (as well as the picture of Gillian Welch) were taken down after I was served with a DMCA notice. It seems strange to me that Ms. Welch (and/or her emissaries) would find their inclusion detrimental, rather than beneficial, to her overall career, but there it is. Don't worry, Gill, I still love your music!
Last night I saw the most sublime show I've seen this year: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Her high lonesome vocals and deeply-rooted country songs and his amazing guitar work and harmonies combined for a sound just on the human side of perfection. The final encore may have been the best moment: a raging, straight-faced cover of the Jefferson Airplane psychedelic classic "White Rabbit," with heavy echo to maximize the impact of its Alice in Wonderland imagery.

In honor of this great show, I dug up three Welch/Rawlings covers: "White Rabbit," Paul Simon's "Gone at Last" (originally a duet with the recently departed Phoebe Snow), and Bob Dylan's haunting "Oh, Sister" from 1976's Desire.
P.S. If you dig Gill but aren't familiar with Crooked Still and singer Aoife O'Donovan, check out my recent  post Aoife Sings Simon and the Stones; you'll be a convert.


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  2. Pretty damn fine take on WR; thanks for sharing. Can't wait till the Titanic Two hit Birmingham next month!