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If it seems an extravagant time since they were last in Australia — 11 years — it's already been made clear that it could be another decade until they wend their way back here from their base in Nashville. If it's some consolation for the wait, this tour offers them in two formats: Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, a two-headed beast making music at their own pace That said, while they are here in January and February, the Americans won't be jetting in and out and around the country but driving themselves between all their shows including the Perth to Adelaide stretch — across the desert in mid-summer when temperatures pretty much ensure that no one does anything quickly.
In conversation, Welch speaks slowly, listens carefully and replies with the same air of timelessness that pervades her singing.
She brings you in line with her rhythm. It seems like they reshape the world to suit them, and, if it doesn't suit them, then it doesn't happen.
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It just takes a while. But we always have very good intentions, so who knows, who knows. It was very trying for us.David Rawlings & Gillian Welch - Ruby
To say it was frustrating would be an understatement. It was Time the Revelator that inspired Sydney promoter Brian Taranto of Love Police to begin pursuing the duo for an Australian tour, despite not having seen them perform live.
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Encouragingly, Welch says she and Rawlings hope to return to Australia sometime in January. Taranto affirms the duo ''will be here in the next 12 months for sure''. After that tour, Australian fans - as they did everywhere - eagerly awaited a new Gillian Welch album.
Inthey were halfway sated by the first solo album for Rawlings. A song on that album became an important catalyst for bringing him and Welch out of the rut.
So we got [Ruby] done - I definitely sang it a couple of times - and then Dave sang it, and it just seemed a classic example of it suiting him more than me.
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For most of their career together, which began when they moved to Nashville inWelch was the songwriter and Rawlings the arranger. Was doing things the same way for so long part of the reason they got into a songwriting rut? But it can't help but wear off. During the next 18 months, they took about 10 driving trips across the US. It's a great crash course in language.
What was that initial meeting like?
It was around or so. We met at an audition. There was one ensemble, which you had to audition for, which played country and bluegrass music. We met in the hallway at the audition and both got in.
He was auditioning as a lead guitar player, I was just auditioning as a singer. When we first played together, it was with a whole band of people around us.
It wasn't until we moved to Nashville in the summer of '92 that we first sang and played together just the two of us. It was a real revelation.
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Berklee in those days was the domain of a lot of hard rock and jazz music. Not really the place for roots bands. It was 70 percent jazz, 30 percent heavy metal. The guys playing metal and speed metal needed the proficiency. That was about the makeup of the school then. I have a very clear memory that there were very few women. Most of my classes had very few women. There were people and I would be the only girl. And the only person with an acoustic guitar in a guitar class.
A couple of my teachers asked me if I had an electric.
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Everything was supposed to be loud. It was more that I had grown up playing acoustic guitar. I would come home from school and sit in my bedroom and sing James Taylor songs or Bob Dylan songs or Richard Thompson songs.