Gillian Welch Opens Up The Archive On 'Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The third volume in her quarantine series of archival recordings is out Nov. 13.
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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings On World Cafe

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Gillian Welch Opens Up The Archive On 'Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs'

Gillian Welch Opens Up The Archive On 'Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs'

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings On World Cafe

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Playlist

  • "Sin City"
  • "Changing Ground"
  • "Streets of St. Paul"
  • "Wrecking Ball"
  • "Good Baby"
  • "Hello in There"
  • "Back Turn and Swing"
  • "Make Me Down a Pallet on Your Floor"

Boots #2: The Lost Songs is a collection of 48 tunes recorded by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings during a single weekend, then stashed away in the proverbial shoebox. The pair decided to revisit these recordings while in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. The songs span old-time genres, like Appalachian folk, country blues, gospel, the earliest stirrings of rockabilly, and more.

For as long as Welch and Rawlings have produced music, they have striven for perfection. This collection, on the other hand, is about letting the original shine without polish or artifice. In this session, we explore the production, the home recording process, and the sheer joy of the music.

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