Radical Records: Gillian Welch

I’m not going to try to describe the music of Gillian Welch – any description I could give would put at least some people off, who if they listened to her would just love her music.  So…

If I need to justify posting this terrific music here, then… The musical traditions she draws on come from the dispossessed and marginalized in American society and the music often sings of the plight of the poor and the workers. It gets back to our roots – in the soil, in the wellsprings of American musical tradition, and in the pure sounds of voice, strings, wooden instruments.

And of course, as Emma Goldman is supposed to have said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”  Which was restated and given a contemporary spin by George Clinton who proclaimed: “Free your ass, and your mind will follow.”

Gillian Welch isn’t exactly dance music, but even so… here’s some more to help you free your ass…

Gillian Welch – Wrecking Ball

Gillian Welch – Everything Free’s Now

Gillian Welch’s official website – news, music, swag

Smuggled Sounds: Gillian Welch – the Revival demos

Gillian Welch – Hell Among the Yearlings

Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” on NPR

Abstract of New Yorker profile

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