Gillian Welch’s 2011 album, the GRAMMY-nominated The Harrow & The Harvest, described by the Washington Post as “Welch…at her haunting, heart-aching best,” will be released for the first time ever on vinyl via her own Acony Records on July 28th. Of the process Gillian Welch reveals, “We have been working and waiting 20 years to bring you our music on phonograph record. It took a while, because we wanted to do it the right way, the absolute best way humanly possible, and I believe that’s what we’ve done. No sonic stone was left unturned, no nuance let fall by the wayside. There is honestly nothing else I can imagine hoping to hear out of the original tapes. It is all there in the groove. As people whose lives were changed by the sound of music coming off turntables, we humbly invite you to include us in your record collection.” The single LP will be packaged in an “Old Style” tip-on gatefold jacket with custom paper and will include full color cover art by artist John Dyer Baizley, also of the group Baroness, as well as a printed sleeve, and full lyric insert. The album was mastered directly from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed on standard-weight audiophile-quality vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, and can be pre-ordered here.
This morning, Rolling Stone Country premiered the music video for Gillian Welch’s “Dark Turn Of Mind,” off The Harrow & The Harvest, calling it “spectacularly haunting”. The video features never before seen footage and you can watch it here.
Today, Gillian Welch also announces tour dates throughout the summer. Between July 29th and August 7th Welch and her musical partner Dave Rawlings will perform TheHarrow & The Harvest in its entirety in cities including New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Nashville. The duo, accompanied by a full band, will also perform as Dave Rawlings Machine in cities including St. Paul, Bloomington, Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago (full dates below). Tickets for these shows will go on sale on Friday, May 12th at 10:00 AM Local Time (with the exception of NYC, which will go on sale at 9AM ET, and Minneapolis & Madison, which will go on sale at 12PM ET) and can be purchased here.
Welch and Rawlings’ Acony Records has been nominated for three A2IM Libera Awards, including Label of the Year (<5 employees), Best Country/Americana/Folk Album for Gillian Welch’s Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg, and Best Sync Usagefor Welch’s “I’m Not Afraid To Die” in Hell or High Water (Music Supervisor: Chris Robertson). A2IM’s Libera Awards recognize achievements by Independent artists and labels across a broad swath of categories within the independent music community, and winners will be announced on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Playstation Theater in Times Square.
The Harrow & The Harvest was GRAMMY nominated for Best Engineered Album (Non Classical) and Best Folk Album and highly praised by critics worldwide, including UncutMagazine who called The Harrow & The Harvest a “timeless country classic,” NPR Music who proclaimed that the album “grabs the attention of a new generation” and The AV Club who said, “Welch and longtime partner David Rawlings are flawless.”
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have recorded 7 studio albums and have lent their talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of their remarkable career, Welch and Rawlings were honored with the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and the Berklee American Masters Award in 2016.
THE HARROW & THE HARVEST TRACK LIST:
1. Scarlet Town
2. Dark Turn of Mind
3. The Way It Will Be
4. The Way It Goes
6. Down Along the Dixie Line
7. Six White Horses
8. Hard Times
9. Silver Dagger
10. The Way the Whole Thing Ends
“The Harrow & The Harvest” Tour Dates – Tickets at http://gillianwelch.com/
July 30 /// Charlottesville VA /// Sprint Pavilion
July 31 /// Washington DC /// Kennedy Center
August 2 /// New York, NY /// Beacon Theatre
August 4 /// Charlotte, NC /// Knight Theater
August 5 /// Atlanta, GA /// Atlanta Symphony Hall
August 7 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
Dave Rawlings Machine Tour Dates – Tickets at http://www.
August 16 /// Louisville, KY /// WL Lyons Brown Theatre
August 17 /// St. Louis, MO /// Sheldon Concert Hall
August 18 /// Kansas City, MO /// Folly Theater
August 20 /// Lyons, CO /// Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
August 23 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Pantages Theatre
August 24 /// Madison, WI /// The Capitol Theater
August 25 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall
August 26 /// Bloomington, IN /// The Bluebird