Longtime OverEasy favorites Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have released a new album, the first of new material in eight years, and it’s a stunner. The Harrow and the Harvest strips away things back to the bare bones of the duo’s work, back down to guitars and banjos and harmonicas laying out a modern turn on traditional-sounding music. It may be the best album they’ve ever done in terms of performance, a continuous string of songs fitting together well, almost like another album with the word “harvest” in its title.
Why so long? Well, a combination of things, including David Rawlings’ work in another ensemble, but also because the songs the duo were composing took time to bear fruit, something reflected in the title of the newest album. And you’ll get to hear this album and be acquainted with the songs by the time the duo come to Indiana to play live at the Bluebird in Bloomington, in a show presented by WTTS on September 1st.
This week, hear songs from The Harrow and the Harvest, plus a selection of some of the duo’s finest work from their earlier albums, on WTTS OverEasy, Sunday from 7 to 11am and pm.