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Gillian Welch/David Rawlings

#1 User is offline   NCtom 

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 08:44 AM

My wife and I saw Gillian Welch and David Rawlings perform in an old converted cotton mill on the Haw River last night and we were blown away! The vocals were great, but the sound from the vintage Gibson and Epiphone guitars (miked, no pickups) was sublime. Their energy and musical abilities were on full display, with David using the full range of his prized archtop with great touch and finesse. Gillian's vocals were wonderful and she even buck danced with David playing banjo for a song or two. All in all, it was an energetic , if a bit nostalgic, event.
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 08:50 AM

Love those two. Lucky you, Tom. They were made to play together.
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 09:48 AM

They are the real thing. Never have seen them live, but I'd sure like to. Thank God for YouTube.
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 02:28 PM

The thing that amazes me is they use SM-57 microphones (they are great microphones). No fancy condenser microphones.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 02:05 AM

Would love to see them .. do they ever come to Europe ?
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:48 AM

Saw them once in St. Paul. It is amazing how much music two talented people can make.

At one point in the show, Welch remarked how Rawlings was the only person who could make his Epiphone Olympic (it's a '35) sound good. To demonstrate, she played it and it sounded deader than a doornail. Rawlings took it back and he squeezed and coaxed some amazing leads out of it.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 05:54 AM

View Postdhanners623, on 05 October 2018 - 04:48 AM, said:

Saw them once in St. Paul. It is amazing how much music two talented people can make.

At one point in the show, Welch remarked how Rawlings was the only person who could make his Epiphone Olympic (it's a '35) sound good. To demonstrate, she played it and it sounded deader than a doornail. Rawlings took it back and he squeezed and coaxed some amazing leads out of it.


then imagine what Rawlings could do wtih a responsive acoustic like 30's Gibosn L-00 for example ?

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:43 AM

 EuroAussie, on 05 October 2018 - 05:54 AM, said:

then imagine what Rawlings could do wtih a responsive acoustic like 30's Gibosn L-00 for example ?


Maybe wondered that myself

Her gibson sounds magnificent , they’re a good mixture

What would Angus sound like with a strat !??
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 07:10 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 05 October 2018 - 06:43 AM, said:

Maybe wondered that myself

Her gibson sounds magnificent , they’re a good mixture

What would Angus sound like with a strat !??


If you dig hard enough you might find out, he started out on a fender ..

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 08:42 AM

I am familiar with them for sure but do not have any albums. Does anyone have any youtube links that showcase a good song or a show? I can just start clicking on youtube but just wondered if anyone knows a favorite song/show with good sound.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 10:02 AM

 EuroAussie, on 05 October 2018 - 07:10 AM, said:

If you dig hard enough you might find out, he started out on a fender ..

http://desmotivacion...rteles/young/93



Well yeah. I knew that
But that’s not really the jist of the question
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 10:22 AM

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=i7knB3VtAqY

Note how Dave effortlessly places and removes capo for his solo
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 01:52 PM

View Postlivemusic, on 05 October 2018 - 08:42 AM, said:

I am familiar with them for sure but do not have any albums. Does anyone have any youtube links that showcase a good song or a show? I can just start clicking on youtube but just wondered if anyone knows a favorite song/show with good sound.


This is the quintessential Gillian / Dave song for me, the outro solo is sublime, as is the whole song.

Having said that, some of their material can be incredibly annoying when they go down that really honky tonk country route, but this song is abit more broader in palatte for them and I think at their best.

https://www.youtube....U&frags=pl%2Cwn

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 02:33 PM

https://youtu.be/gxPTQDP2bRQ


Check that one our Aussie
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 03:12 PM

Acoustic archtops work great with Rawlings’ playing style. I own one of Epi’s recently reissued acoustic Olympic archtops (from its Masterbuilt series) and it is one fine guitar for single note melodic and arpeggios playing. Where it lacks is in the fullness of a flat top when strumming, but when strumming is sparse only as occasional fills for notecplaying it’s awesome. And, quite loud (due to its unique arch top EQ) for a small bodied guitar.

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 03:23 PM

Haven’t heard the “incredibly annoying” songs they do yet...so at least I have that to look forward to
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 03:28 PM

 scriv58, on 05 October 2018 - 03:23 PM, said:

Haven’t heard the “incredibly annoying” songs they do yet...so at least I have that to look forward to


Ah sure everyone’s annoying at some point
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 02:34 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 05 October 2018 - 02:33 PM, said:

https://youtu.be/gxPTQDP2bRQ


Check that one our Aussie


Yep, thats the sweet spot for them [thumbup]

When they slow it down and keep it relatively simple.

This post has been edited by EuroAussie: 06 October 2018 - 02:36 AM

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 04:46 AM

I was amazed by David's capo use; he capoed all over the fingerboard, placed and removed the capo midsong, and just generally used everythiing that Epiphone had to offer. His fluidity was outstanding. At times I thought that there were a couple of more players behind the curtain during the concert Wednesday. He has always been good, but I've been listening to a couple of old CD's over the past two days and he just seems to get better and better.
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 06:29 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 05 October 2018 - 03:28 PM, said:

Ah sure everyone's annoying at some point


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