Unearthed from a cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings, Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs is the second release of archival music from the vault of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. This remarkable 48 song collection, spread over three volumes, was recorded between the making of Time (The Revelator) and Soul Journey. It is an intimate glimpse at the artist’s sketchbook, containing some lifelong themes as well as some flights of fancy.
Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 1 is out today on all streaming and digital download services. Volumes 2 & 3 will follow in the coming months.
For reasons better discussed in the history books, in the Spring of 2020 Gillian and I dusted off an old tape machine and did some home recording. Sometimes we bumped the microphone, sometimes the tape ran out, but in the end we captured performances of some songs we love. Five are first takes and five took a little more doing, but they all helped pass the time and held our interest in playback enough that we wanted to share them with you. We sincerely hope that you enjoy
“We can’t always be with the ones we love, but that can’t stop us from saying ‘I love you.’ I wrote this song one May when I was far away and couldn’t be with my mom on Mother’s Day. Then I called and sang it into her answering machine when I knew everybody’d be sitting down to eat. Here is the original home demo for the song, recorded on a portable reel to reel.”
Nashville Obsolete is out today! The much lauded and applauded second album by Dave Rawlings Machine has been pressed to vinyl for the first time ever, directly from the master tapes. It is available now from davidrawlingsmusic.com or your local record store or your ubiquitous online retailer of choice.
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings had the great honor to perform on this year’s Academy Awards show, playing acoustic music on the world stage to represent their song “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from the Coen brothers’ movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs which was nominated amongst a diverse and worthy bunch. A hearty congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
You can see all the performances and highlights from the night at Oscars.com, or watch their performance on YouTube below:
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.
David & Gillian’s original song for the new Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been nominated for an Oscar! See the full list of nominees here, and you can listen to “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” below.
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!