Gillian Welch @ Brown Theatre

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Brown Theatre
315 W. Broadway • 584-7777
$29.50; 7:30 p.m.

How does she do it? To the casual ear, Gillian Welch’s folk/country songs can seem painfully earnest. Her voice doesn’t infuse a lot of character for its own sake. And the bluegrass/gospel-flavored arrangements she fashions with partner Dave Rawlings could be considered stark — or you might think of them as thin. But any close look shows that the work of Welch and Rawlings, as both songwriters and performers, remains as gripping as ever. This is a collaboration that achieves an intense intimacy with surprising ease. The Harrow & The Harvest, the first new music under Welch’s name in many years, pulls you into its varied shades of sorrow and hope. That’s a feat Welch and Rawlings should be expected to repeat when they come to the Brown Theatre. —T.E. Lyons

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