Last Night: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings At Wortham Center

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center June 6, 2012

Gillian Welch's songs have a pretty high body count. Not everyone may notice because the music is gorgeous, well-crafted and sturdy, but the songs themselves are told by a disproportionate amount of corpses. Hello, Mr. Reaper. Call it "on my way to glory" if you must, you're still dead.

That applies to "Tear My Stillhouse Down," "Scarlet Town," "Six White Horses," and a number of the other songs Welch and partner Dave Rawlings played Wednesday night at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater. The peculiarity of a plain-spoken Americana duo from Nashville performing at a venue usually used for the loftier performing arts was not lost on Rawlings.

Earlier, he told the crowd, he had gone to take a break from rehearsal and returned to what must have been the Brown Theater, where Houston Ballet's Romeo and Juliet starts this evening.

"All of a sudden there's this castle onstage," he said. "I didn't really know the facility."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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