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"An Evening With Gillian Welch" coming to Tower Theatre this Friday

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David Rawlings and Gillian Welch perform at the Tower Theatre on Friday night.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Americana artist Gillian Welch, alongside her longtime musical partner David Rawlings, will perform live in concert on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Tower Theatre here in Oklahoma City as part of the “An Evening with Gillian Welch” tour of the Heartland and Southeast.

Welch and Rawlings have been performing their award-winning brand of folk, bluegrass and roots music for over two decades, may be best known for her vocal performance as a “Siren” in the 2000 Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou? on the song “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby,” which she collaborated on with Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.

The Sirens in O Brother, Where Art Thou? singing "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby" which was actually sung by Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. (Working Title)

Speaking to the Boston Globe in 1998, when asked about her affinity for early American folk and roots music, Welch replied: “(B)y and large I listen to people who are dead. I'm really of the tried-and-true school. I let 50 years go by and see what's really relevant.”

In addition to the guitar and banjo played by Welch (and guitar by Rawlings), her sound also incorporates folk instruments including the dobro and fiddle. Her first album was Revival in 1996 and included notable tracks, including "Annabelle" and "Tear My Stillhouse Down."

And in 2001, after her Grammy Award recognition for O Brother, Welch's Time (The Revelator) absolutely wowed the critics, securing its position among said critics as one of the best albums of the still-young new century. It was nominated for the Grammys best Contemporary Folk Album, but it lost out to Bob Dylan's Love and Theft album which had been released on September 11, 2001, oddly enough.

And so Welch and Rawlings will perform two full sets of music from her catalogue, with no opener. Over the years the duo has recorded eight studio albums together while also contributing their talents to other musician’s projects.

Welch also recently announced that she will release her celebrated fourth studio album, 2003’s Soul Journey, for the first time ever on vinyl via her own Acony Records earlier this month, to coincide with the album’s 15th anniversary. In fact, The A.V Club music website reviewed Soul Journey saying it was “raw, spare, direct, and achingly pretty,” while containing some of Welch’s best-known songs, including “Wrecking Ball, “Look at Miss Ohio,” and “Wayside/Back in Time.”

Gillian Welch's 2011 album cover The Harrow & The Harvest. (Acony)

But fans will likely hope to hear songs like “Tennessee” and the mournful, harmonica-and-banjo-driven Appalachian soul of “Six White Horses” from 2011’s The Harrow & The Harvest.

Doors at the Tower Theatre open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are between $35 and $40 and is an all-ages event. 

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