After listening to NPR’s Fresh Air (with Terry Gross) today, we couldn’t resist posting a song from Gross’s collaborative interviewee’s latest release. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings held court with Gross for a lengthy discussion on their new album, The Harrow and The Harvest, which is shy of two weeks but already garnering ‘best of 2011’ accolades. NPR says, “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ long-awaited collaboration The Harrow and the Harvest came out in June, marking an almost eight-year wait for fans of their 2003 album Soul Journey. The 10 songs that make up the new album deal with some heavy subjects: identity, loss, unfulfilled expectations, death and desperation. ‘We’ve kind of half-jokingly said that this record is 10 different kinds of sad,’ Welch tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. ‘And there are 10 songs on it.'”
Find the new album on Acony Records and find Welch and Rawlings on tour this week in the Midwest, as they make their way from Minneapolis to Madison’s Capitol Theatre (this Thursday, July 21st) and Chicago’s Vic Theatre on Friday, July 22nd.