The Revelator

| July 17, 2002

The Revelator, Bill Baue, Killing the Buddha
Though roots musician Gillian Welch may not follow the gospel formula in her art, Bill Baue, music director at Radio Free Brattleboro in Vermont, argues that she brings her listeners closer to God. Writing for Killing the Buddha, Baue studies the metamorphosis of Welch's work. Though she started off as many other roots musicians quoting the gospel and making regular allusions to Bible passages, in her most recent album 'her meditations center more on the historical, grounding her imagistic landscape in events of significant cultural importance (the sinking of the Titanic, the dust storms that blew in the Great Depression, the assassination of Lincoln) as well as culling images from America’s musical mythology,' Baue writes. And, even though Welch grew up in L.A., Baue argues that her adopted Appalachian sound is just as authentic as if she'd grown up 'in the shadow of the Clinch Mountains of Virginia.'
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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