The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on August 9, 1998 · 166
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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California · 166

Sacramento, California
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Sunday, August 9, 1998
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GREA7SAX A H077RUMPET ROVER WASHINGTON JR with very special guest Rick Braun kJz 'UE-AUG 18-7:30 PM ' FOUR-TIME GRAMMY WINNER BUDDY GUY KjZ $55 with as yet untitled SUN -AUG 23 -7:00 PM VOICEOFA GENERATION JOAN BAEZ with David Poe THU -SEP 3 -7:30 PM All Shows Outdoors Under The Stars RADISSON HOTEL GROVE THE SHOW featuring GVDi&SE INOJ CAM’RON LINK VOICES OF THEORY NICOLE plus more Lba - talent subject to change FRIDAY AUGUST 28 Cosumnes River College Stadium Show at 6 PM Doors at 3:30 PM Counterfeit tlx will not be honorod Bo euro to buy only at authorized outlets DIMPLE RECORDS no sew ctogelandBASS jeaS August 12-16 1998 Gold-panning competitions pioneer living history display livestock shows and auction climbing wall laser tag karaoke 5 wildlife shows chess tournament yo-yo competition queen pageant “Treat Street” petting zoo scavenger hunt carnival hypnotist ventriloquist and continuous free entertainment on three stages JOE To schedule a photo with Joe call (530) 432-5631 1 0 am to Midnight Adults $3 Children 6-1 2 $ 1 Under age 6 FREE 1 1 228 McCourtney Rd Grass Valley (530) 273-62 1 7 SPONSORS: Rdley’sBel Air Tektronix Express Marts Round TablePizza - j Some glee behind Welch’s downbeat songs are offset by her sly sense of humor Gillian Welch a gifted singer and songwriter whose music meets at the crossroads of traditional folk old-time country and Appalachian blue-grass specializes in beautifully bleak songs that are mournful lonely and decidedly serious They’re songs that often sound like dusty decades-old J FREEDOM DU LAC ' The Beat black-and-white photos come to life - gothic photos in which nobody is smiling It’s somewhat surprising then to hear Welch - she of the murder ballads heartbroken love songs and ruminations on dead coal miners - joking on the phone about band names The subject has come up because only Welch’s own name and image appear on the covers of her two albums “Revival” and the more recent “Hell Among the Yearlings” even though she collaborated on the recordings with guitarist-song-writer David Rawlings “We really are a band and if we’d known at the beginning that it would’ve been easier if we were called Sprocket then we would’ve been Sprocket” Welch says with a slight snicker “But we didn’t come up with a band name so people now know us as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and not LORETTA LYNN CONCERT Wednesday August 12 ROUGH STOCK RODEO Thursday August 13 COWBOY COMPETITIONS Friday August 14 TUFF TRUCK RACING & MONSTER TRUCK SHOW Saturday August 15 DESTRUCTION DERBY MONTANA Guest Appearance Sunday August 16 Sprocket “And really no one cares It’s the same music” Billed as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings the duo will perform that music at the Palms in Davis on Tuesday and Wednesday Welch whose singing voice falls somewhere between Emmylou Harris’ and Iris DeMent’s promises her hidden sense of humor will be on full display during the shows ‘We don’t just sing these low-down songs and wallow in it” she says This is important to note especially given that “Hell Among the Yearlings” is even more stark and ultimately more depressing than was the Gram-my-nominated “Revival” Of the new record Welch says: “From the time we really started working oi it I was basically telling people it was going to be darker and more aggressive than ‘Revival’ Someone also suggested to me that it’s just plain more lonesome with fewer references to family and home and I suppose that’s true “But it wasn’t like I set out to make a record that was more depressing if it is in fact more depressing And I’m not sure it is I haven’t lived long enough with it to know yet These songs are pretty new” The tone for the new album CALIFORNIA’S CAPITAL SHOW POSTCARDS AND PAPER COLLECTIBLES SAT AUG 15th 10am-6pm SUN AUG 16th 10am-4pm 1 FREE APPRAISALS The Original Art of John Lennon Presented for Sale at the Argonaut Winery Established 1975 New Owner’s Grand Opening! August 22 & 23 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM All Art & Wine 20 - 30 Off III the gloom was set early on as the first song Welch wrote for the recording was “Caleb Meyer” a dark haunting murder ballad with a twist: “The chick kills the guy” Welch says slyly From there “Hell Among the Yearlings” came together quickly with Welch and Rawlings taking six months to write the album’s other 10 songs “It’s definitely a more spontaneous record than ‘Revival’ ” Welch says “It was written faster and it was recorded faster so it’s a little bit more of a snapshot than ‘Revival’ which was a more constructed record This is just a little bit more of a mo- something beneficial in just ment in time I like that about it” keeping the process going” Needless to say Welch and Rawlings probably won’t be spending six years making one album any time soon - even if it did take Lucinda Williams that length of time to put together her masterful new album Admission $400 50C off with this coupon Info: 971-1953 Gillian Welch: “It wasn’t like I set out to make a record that was more depressing And I'm not sure it is” AT A GLANCE Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Perform at 8 pm Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palms Playhouse 726 Drummond Ave Davis $1675 advance (530) 756-9901 “My sense is that that’s not a very productive or creative way to work” Welch says “A lot of the people I admire and (who) do good work it gets better when it’s more like a record every year There seems to be For Welch though this could be a problem given that she and Rawlings expect to be touring for much of the next year and a half and that she has problems writing songs while on the road “A lot of artists who were very' productive - there was no extensive touring going on like there is these days” she says ‘They’d tour maybe a month and then they’re home I don’t know how good this current trend of touring and touring is for creative output I know it’s good for performing chops but I don’t know how good it is for making good records “My sense is that it’s not very good and I’m definitely interested in trying to make good records It’s something we’ll have to figure out”4 J FREEDOM DU LAC is The Bee's pop music critic Write him at PO Box 15779 Sacramento CA 95852 send e-mail to jdulacsacbeecom or call (91 6) 321 -11 15 Sunday Champagne Brunch With limitless champagne and delectable foods Sacramento Brewing Co Town & Country Village -f

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