Gillian Welch has a voice that reaches into the heart and soul of a true roots-based Americana sound that represents the next wave of folk music. She appeared at the Newport folk fest twice, once supported by long-time collaborator David Rawlings and the next day as the second member of The David Rawlings Machine. Her turn on the mainstage followed a mad, policecar-assisted dash from the airport. She literally stepped out of her car onto the stage, without a pause (or her glasses) - leading the duo to play, as part of their set, an unexpected cover of "White Rabbit," along with other songs that demonstrate why Welch has developed a powerful following for her old-fashioned sound.
This concert was recorded live at the Fort Stage at George Wein's Folk Festival 50 in Newport, RI as part of NPR's extensive coverage of the event.