Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings – Austin City Limits Festival 2011, TX

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

“We didn’t expect a martian landing!” Gillian Welch joked about the bleeding sound from surrounding stages that had delayed their show.

Opening with a classic, “Tear My Still House Down” from Revival before focusing on select tracks from the first Gillian Welch record in eight years, The Harrow and the Harvest.

Between “Scarlet Town,” “The Way It Goes” and “No One Knows My Name” (from Soul Journey) Dave added that the continuing sound-bleed made this show as “close as music comes to being a competitive sport.”

Still, the duo managed to turn the tent into a barn and get a hoedown started with “Red Clay Halo” and all in attendance seemed to be throughly enjoying the music.

“I love you so much, I drove 22 hours to play here and we turn around tomorrow and drive 22 hours back!” Gillian said, before “Six White Horses,” a sparse banjo number with close harmonies and a dash of traditional clogging.

Their set ended strong with crowd favorite, “Look At Miss Ohio” and a rowdy sing-along to “I’ll Fly Away.”

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

Set List
Tear My Still House Down
Scarlet Town
The Way It Goes
No One Knows My Name
Hard Times
Red Clay Halo
Tennessee
Six White Horses
Revelator
Miss Ohio
I’ll Fly Away

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