Saturday, June 4, 2011

HSW (markedly tardy) Newsflash: Gillian Welch readies long-awaited 5th LP

"Be cool, Gillian, but I'm pretty sure there's an owl on my head." -- David Rawlings

On June 3, 2003, Gillian Welch released her fourth album, Soul Journey. It features one of her most popular songs in "Look at Miss Ohio". Think she'd want to build on that momentum, right? Well since then, Gillian has stayed out of the studio, leaving us fans to wonder: when do we get another LP? I think I've read a "release is imminent" rumor every year since 2005. It's turned into the Chinese Democracy of folk music.

Alas, Gillian finally announced (like, two weeks ago) that her new album, The Harrow and the Harvest, will drop on June 28. This is huge, folks. Gillian (with guitar-slinging partner David Rawlings) is one of the crown jewels of Americana. My expectations for this one are pretty lofty, but I trust she'll meet them. Also, a 70-city tour is soon to be announced. Surely one of those 70 cities will be within driving distance, right? Maybe even biking distance? Stay tuned to find out.

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