And so I kind of feel like for me, the [Dave Rawlings] Machine record and the Machine tour…was a little like getting my yaya’s out.” “The Harrow & The Harvest” joins four LP’s as well as the soundtrack for the Cohen Brothers’ film ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou? But this first duet recording in a decade from the pair stands out as some of the best of what Welch and Rawlings have to offer: tight harmonies, haunting lyrics and effortless melodies.: Three weeks in, just had a couple days off around the Newport Folk Festival, which was good timing, because road crispiness was just starting to set in. I’m very excited to be out here with all these new songs. : It’s a collection of 10 new songs, they were all written relatively recently, particularly when you look at the amount of time from our record previous to this which was about eight years ago.Then she said, “Why don’t you tell it, Dave.” We were in Asheville, North Carolina; Welch and Rawlings were making a brief tour from Nashville, where they live.They were expected before long on the stage and had things to do to prepare, so I had to wait.
Welch and Rawlings have released five critically acclaimed albums under the name Gillian Welch and two under the name Dave Rawlings Machine.
The next day, the three of us were in a car heading east to Carrboro, North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, where Welch and Rawlings had their next engagement. Welch was lying on the back seat, with a blanket over her.
It was early in the afternoon, and we were leaving the highway for a restaurant where they knew they could still order breakfast. A few years ago, they lived in a house that planes flew over.
MJ: What was the difference between these songs and the ones that you didn’t like? At this point, I’ve lived in Nashville longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere, and this certain Southern-ness was coming through.
The new songs all seemed to circle around ideas of place and time, things having to do with the passing of time and its effect on friendship, the people in your life—when things don’t go the way you want them to.