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Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings have four things going for them
Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings have four things going for them

The volume seemed to be turning up: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings were moving away from acoustic austerity, growing comfortable rocking out. Their last album, "Soul Journey," saw these Nashville alt-folkies jolting their sound with electricity and a backbeat. Rawlings has stepped out as a producer — indie rockers Bright Eyes, the shambling Old Crow Medicine Show — and the duo guested on the Decemberists' breakout, "The King Is Dead." Could this mid-career acoustic duo — in its first release in eight years — be ready for a similar lunge into the mainstream? Well, probably not. With their new album, "The Harrow & the Harvest,"...

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