Garnering a nomination for Best Original Song at the 2019 Academy Awards, “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” is the latest song penned by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Written for the Coen brothers’ western tour de force The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and originally performed therein by dueling gunslingers Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson, the song shines on this Acony Records release as Gillian and David sing it in their own haunting, inimitable style, invoking both the fatalism and penchant for yodeling of the classic cowboy songs.

The new song is out today on Acony Records. Click here to stream and download the song your favorite way.

Gillian & David will be performing “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” live at the 91st Academy Awards, on Sunday, February 24th. Tune in to ABC at 8pm EST / 5pm PST, or stream live on

They are also appearing on the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday, February 16thBuy tickets to the show if you live in Nashville, TN, or you can listen live on 650AM WSM Radio or stream on

Gillian is to be the honored recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Prize for Literature. The award will be bestowed this fall by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Department of English & Comparative Literature.  The Thomas Wolfe Prize recognizes contemporary writers with a distinguished body of work and honors the memory of one of UNC’s most famous alumni, Thomas Clayton Wolfe. Welch will be the first musician to ever receive the award.  The free, ticketed event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2018, on the UNC campus.  More information can be found here.

BBC Radio Scotland just premiered the 1st half of an exclusive conversation with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, plus some of their favorite new music of 2018. Click below to stream the interview now, which starts at the 1:05 marker.
The 2nd half of the interview premiers next week, keep your eye out here and we’ll post it as soon as it’s live!

Dear Friends,

The Soul Journey LP is coming on August 10th, 2018. You can now preorder the first-pressing vinyl record at your favorite online outlet, or directly from Acony Records here.

Preorder now:
Acony Records Webstore

And for our friends abroad, UK preorders are live on Amazon, and all other territories will be available soon! We’ll keep you updated.

Amazon UK

Tickets go on sale TODAY for our April duet tour in the south! Pre-sales went fast, don’t snooze.

Greenville, SC
The Peace Center

Greensboro, NC
Carolina Theatre

Wilmington, NC
Brooklyn Arts Center

Charleston, SC
Charleston Music Hall

Athens, GA
Georgia Theatre

See all upcoming tour dates on The Tour Page, including our first show at Red Rocks, plus some summer festivals.