Sunday, July 12, 2009

Song Of The Week (Caleb Meyer)

I figured I would share some music that means something to me. In return, maybe some of you will share what music turns you on.

I love Gillian Welch. Her partner is one of my very favorite guitarists, Dave Rawlings. Welch describes them as "a two-piece band called Gillian Welch."

They often perform as Dave Rawlings Machine, with Rawlings taking over lead vocal duties.

Rawlings plays with his eyes closed. He will also sway. Welch calls the total package "the Dave Rawlings mystique."

A music critic once described Welch and Rawlings voices as "fit so tightly that they seem welded." Welch herself has said, sometimes she loses the sense of which voice is hers and which belongs to Rawlings.

Rawlings plays a 1935 Epiphone Olympic, with an arch top, and f-holes on the face, like a violin. Music writer Alec Wilkson surmises, Rawlings may be the only musician who has ever made it his principal instrument. Wilksinson tells a story of how the sound is so unusual that, once when Welch and Rawlings were appearing at a festival where the blind guitar player Doc Watson was also performing, Watson came up to Rawlings while he was warming up and said, "Son, what kind of instrument is that?"

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