Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Song:I Want To Sing That Rock & Roll
Album:Down From The Mountain
Gillian Welch is one of today's top bluegrass artists and got a lot of attention with her work in the film O Brother Where Art Thou? David Rawlings is her long time partner. She was born Oct. 2, 1967 in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles. Her parents wrote for The Carol Burnett Show. She got her first guitar at age eight and was a huge bluegrass fan. She met Rawlings while she studied at the Berklee School Of Music in Boston and the two have been together ever since. Rawlings is from Smithfield, RI. They moved to Nashville in 1992 and got the attention of T-Bone Burnett and he signed them to Almo Records. That label was started by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss after they sold A & M Records to PolyGram. Gillian's debut CD Revival was released in 1996 and got a Grammy nomination. They have recorded for their own Acony label ever since. I Want To Sing That Rock & Roll was on Gillian's 2001 CD Time (The Revelator) but this live version is from a special recording at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville that was an unofficial wrap party for the film O Brother Where Art Thou? It also includes performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and John Hartford. Gillian's most recent CD was Soul Journey in 2003 but she and Rawlings work together on other projects including albums by Ryan Adams. David Rawlings has a new CD A Friend Of A Friend coming out in November and Gillian appears on it. Roots music fans should check them out. Here's Gillian Welch & David Rawlings performing I Want To Sing That Rock & Roll on BBC Four Sessions Nov. 2007.