Personalities | Gillian Welch | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1967)

Gillian Welch met David Rawlings at Boston’s Berklee School of Music, where most of their classmates were studying jazz and classical music. Welch and Rawlings were drawn instead to lyric-heavy songwriting and concluded that Appalachian string-band music would be the best vehicle for those songs. It was a foreign tradition for them, but they mastered it, settled in Nashville, founded their own record company and released a series of brilliant albums under Welch’s name, most notably 1996’s Revival and 2001’s Time (The Revelator).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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