After an eight-year recording hiatus, Gillian Welch and her guitarist and co-songwriter David Rawlings released their fifth studio album in 2011, The Harrow and the Harvest. That release brought back the duo's earlier sense of melancholy by doubling down on the blues.
The new tracks are reminiscent of the first song off Welch's 1996 debut, Revival. Welch was adopted at three days old, and on "Orphan Girl," she cries: "I know no mother no father / no sister no brother / I am an orphan girl."
If Welch's hand in the Americana revival needed bona fide proof of its influence, the Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? was it. Welch had a cameo in the film, and lent her pipes to the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, alongside Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.
Welch and Rawlings will bring their sweetly somber sound to Boise's Egyptian Theatre Friday, Aug. 3.[ Video is no longer available. ]