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Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

When: Wed., Aug. 3, 8 p.m. 2011

You've no doubt heard mention of songwriters who could read the phone book and sound compelling. Gillian Welch takes it one step further; she could make albums with lyrics cobbled from medical charts, technical manuals and lorem ipsum placeholder text and silence a room. That she's backed by the graceful pluck of Dave Rawlings' small guitar and his warm harmonies doesn't hurt, and that she's one of the best songwriters currently working in the land starts to make the case for her as one of music's most essential performers. Her latest, The Harrow & The Harvest, is her first album in eight years and her most stunning since 2001's Time (The Revelator). Full of the mournful character studies that have become her specialty, but mixed with the spry little tunes that have given her best work a bit of relief, Harvest is a perfect collection from a songwriter that's been missed. —Grayson Currin

Price: $17-$35

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