Thursday, March 3, 2016

Long Road Home: Gillian Welch/David Rawlings in Santa Barbara

01 OCTOBER, 2015
It's hard to believe that four years have passed since we crossed paths with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. It was June of 2011, on the heels of The Harrow And The Harvest, that they held court at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, then later in the month, appeared at the Santa Barbara Bowl as support for Buffalo Springfield.
As a warmup for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, they could have hardly found a more perfect venue than the Lobero Theatre, down the coast in Santa Barbara. The night served as an encapsulation of their catalogue before a hushed, but appreciative audience, Rawlings' spotlight turn during "Revelator" being a fine example. Saving the very best for last, the duo stepped to the edge of the stage and delivered a stunning take on "Long Black Veil", sans amplification.

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