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I love Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Unabashedly.

Her album Time (The Revelator) is one of my all-time favorite records (glad you like it too, Melissa!). It’s as beautiful as it is haunting- plus it includes references to Lincoln’s assassination, John Henry, Elvis, and the Titanic. What’s not to like? She’s like the ghost of western past. Paste Magazine rated it #7 on their best albums of the decade, and the last track on the album, “I Dream a Highway,” is Josh Ritter’s “favorite song in the world, that [he’s] ever heard.”

All of that to say, Gillian Welch recently released the demos to her first record, The Revival, for free here. While not quite the brilliance she & David Rawlings (it is overwhelmingly country) would later display, if you like Patty Griffin or backwoods bluegrass, be sure to download it and, please, go get The Revelator.

“I’m an indisguisable shade of twilight
Any second now I’m gonna turn myself on
In the blue display of the cool cathode ray
I dream a highway back to you.

I wish you knew me, Jack of Diamonds
Fire-riding, wheeling when I lead em up
Drank whisky with my water, sugar in my tea
My sails in rags with the staggers and the jags
I dream a highway back to you.

Oh I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision come molest my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

Now give me some of what you’re having
I’ll take you as a viper into my head
A knife into my bed, arsenic when I’m fed
I dream a highway back to you.”