Gillian Welch is reissuing her 2011 record, The Harrow & the Harvest, which she made with her longtime songwriting partner David Rawlings. The new edition of the album, which Rawlings produced, arrives as a set of ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The Rawlings- and Welch-signed packages are going for $699 each. Find more details here, and check out a sample of “Scarlet Town” on tape below.
Welch has not issued an album of all-new material since The Harrow & the Harvest, which wasn’t released on vinyl until 2017. In 2020, she and Rawlings joined forces for All the Good Times (Are Past & Gone), where they covered songs by Elizabeth Cotten, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and more. That record earned the duo a Grammy for Best Folk Album.
David Rawlings said in a statement: “As someone who spends a lot of time listening to analog tape, I’ve been a big fan of the reel-to-reel culture that has slowly grown over the past decade. So, given a window of time waiting for the construction of a new top-notch pressing plant (that's another story), technician Brent Bishop and I decided to develop our dream duplication system for making peerless reel-to-reel tapes. Gillian and I are particularly proud that this release of The Harrow & The Harvest is, from the writing, recording and final reel-to-reel, completely homegrown.”
Read Pitchfork’s new Sunday Review of Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator).