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Gillian Welch is a singer/songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, country, and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive . Her music is often described as haunting or soothing.
Welch was born on October, 1967 in Manhattan, and was adopted on the day she was born. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of four. By the age of seven, she had learned to play the guitar. She was accepted into Princeton University but instead enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where Welch discovered Bluegrass music. After a short stint a local band, Welch moved to Boston and studied at the Berklee College of Music. In Boston, Welch met David Rawlings who would become her longtime musical partner. In 1992, they moved to Nashville and began building a career. In Nashville, she met T-Bone Burnett, producer to such artists as Los Lobos, Sam Phillips, Counting Crows, and Elvis Costello. In 1996, Welch released her first album, Revival which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1997. Since then, she has recorded other albums and contributed the song Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby to the soundtrack album of the Coen Brothers hit O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
- Revival, 1996
- Hell Among the Yearlings, 1998
- Time (The Revelator), 2001
- Soul Journey, 2003
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