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!