Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will make a long awaited return to Australian shores in January and February in 2016 for not one but two very special tours.
Playing as the duo, Gillian Welch, in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, they will then transform into the quintet of the Dave Rawlings Machine for the drive back down the East Coast. Brisbane, Bangalow, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne will all get to experience the first ever visit by the Machine.
“We are very excited, once again, to be bringing our songs and our selves, and a few of our good friends, all the way from Tennessee to the land of Australia way down under. We will be driving the wild back roads from Perth to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane… come out and say howdy when we roll in to town!” – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Nashville, Tenn.
Dave Rawlings Machine play in support of the recently released and critically acclaimed album Nashville Obsolete which features seven original compositions written by Welch-Rawlings. The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, as well as Willie Watson, Punch Brother Paul Kowert and incredible fiddler Brittany Haas.
This will be the first Gillian tour in Australia since the GRAMMY nominated release The Harrow and the Harvest (2011), with the last tour down under wrapping up in 2004, following the releases of Soul Journey, and the 2001 masterpiece Time (The Revelator). The last tour stopped at such venues as the grandeous Forum Theatre in Melbourne to the tiny Meeniyan Town Hall, where they slayed ‘em all in shows that continue to be talked about.
All Australian tour dates will go on sale next Tuesday, Dec 1st, at 9am local time. See all dates below and visit gillianwelch.com for all news and tour updates.
After over 9,200 miles, the Dave Rawlings Machine is about to wrap up the first leg of the US tour tomorrow night in their home state, in Knoxville at the gorgeous Tennessee Theatre. They’ll pick back up over the holidays with a triumphant return to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as shows in Texas and Arizona as they make their way back to the where the whole thing began in Souther California. See the remaining US tour dates on the Tour page!
Gillian made a special stop at KEXP studios in Seattle this year, along with her bandmates in the Dave Rawlings Machine, right at the top of their long and winding Nashville Obsolete US tour. Watch below for live performances of songs new and old, plus an extended interview with host Stevie Zoom.
Gillian and Dave on cover of new American Songwriter Magazine
Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, who have been out touring the US in support of their new Dave Rawlings Machine album Nashville Obsolete, are featured on the cover of the latest issue of American Songwritermagazine.
The Nov/Dec 2015 issue of the magazine will hit stands today, with a feature article interviewing the pair about the new record, the album title, their origin story, their influences, and more.
You can subscribe or purchase a digital version of the magazine by clicking here.
Watch & Listen below, to Tom Jones’ beautiful tribute to his friend Elvis Presley, in the form of a cover of Gillian’s song, “Elvis Presley Blues.” On his new album Long Lost Suitcase, a companion piece to his autobiography, both available for purchase now.
Dave Rawlings Machine is pleased to announce the release of their first music video, ‘The Weekend.’ The video was shot on a breakneck road trip from Nashville to California. “It was the craziest idea,” says Rawlings, “to document a weekend trip from Music City to the beach and back.” The opening scene shows Rawlings and Welch packing up the ’65 Chevy Impala they first toured in. West-coast bound, outfitted in Nudie Suits and armed with guitars and a beach blanket, the story unfolds over the course of ‘The Weekend.’ The trip is real, the breakdown is real, the mechanic is real, unplanned, but evidence that Dave Rawlings Machine will go wherever the road leads them.
Gill and Dave’s recent performance at the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be airing on PBS on Saturday, October 3rd. Gillian had the distinct honor of inducting the late Townes Van Zandt into the ACL Hall of Fame and she and Dave performed one of Van Zandt’s legendary songs. Click below to watch the bonus footage of Gillian’s induction speech and click here to see when the show will be airing in your area.