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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gillian Welch - The Harrow And The Harvest

Loaded up Amazon this morning and the computer screen practically reached out and slapped me across the face telling me to listen to Gillian Welch today. Okay, that may be slightly hyperbolic - but you get the point. Ms. Welch here is 43 years old and was born in New York City. She was adopted as a baby by a family of entertainers. Although born in NYC, Gillian moved to Los Angeles at three years old as her parents found work writing for the Carol Burnett Show. She sang from a very early age - including putting in small shows for her elementary school classes. When she entered adulthood, she attended UC - Santa Cruz searching for her musical identity. While playing in a goth band, she heard an album by the Stanley Brothers - and according to Welch, "The first song came on and I just stood up and I kind of walked into the other room as if I was in a tractor beam and stood there in front of the stereo. It was just as powerful as the electric stuff, and it was songs I'd grown up singing. All of a sudden I'd found my music." It's virtually impossible to ascribe a genre to her music - as it's sort of a country, bluegrass, soul, rock, folk conglomerate. Her first album came out in 1996 - and this one dropped just a couple weeks ago in July. This particular record probably focuses more on the folk rock side of the house - but it's really well done. Got a share of uptempo tracks as well as ballads, which makes for a nice change of pace. It's only 10 tracks, but they're all very well done. I hear some piano, banjo among many other instruments, which I love. This is a really neat record and an artist we could all pay attention to. Happy Friday!

1. Scarlet Town
2. Dark Turn of Mind
3. Way It Will Be, The
4. Way It Goes, The
5. Tennessee
6. Down Along the Dixie Line
7. Six White Horses
8. Hard Times
9. Silver Dagger
10. Way the Whole Thing Ends, The

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Dark Turn Of Mind
2. Scarlet Town
3. Silver Dagger

3.5 out of 5 stars

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