Gillian Welch without David Rawlings?
June 9, 2014 7:44 AM Subscribe
I love Gillian Welch's songs and her voice, but I really
dislike David Rawlings' guitar-playing. Are there any substantive recordings of Gillian Welch playing solo, without Rawlings accompanying her?
posted by aparrish to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Don't get me wrong, I think David Rawlings is a skilled guitarist. But something about the way he plays just strikes me as... baroque, frenetic, affectless—and it doesn't mesh well for me with the songs and the way Welch performs them. I've looked and looked but I can't find anything more than a collaboration or two where Welch was performing without Rawlings, and none where she was performing on her own. (Google searches for "gillian welch solo" turn up results for Rawlings' solo work, not hers.)
So I'm hoping there's like an obscure bootleg live show out there where Rawlings got sick at the last moment but Welch was like "THE SHOW MUST GO ON" and decided to perform by herself. Any help, mefites?