Gillian Welch: Always the Revelation

On March 17, 2011, in Community, News, by Magnolia Guitar

I knew that Americana darlin’ Gillian Welch was from Southern California and I knew that she went to Berklee in Boston. But what I didn’t know was that she was adopted. I owe that tidbit of info to Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine, who happens to be guest editor over at Magnet Magazine.

You see, Lindford was talking about albums that he thought were so moving that they existed in a different reality altogether. One such album was (and still is, in my opinion) Time (The Revelator) by Gillian and her partner in crime, Dave Rawlings.

Adopted by comedy and music entertainers and who’s biological father was also a musician, I guess Gillian couldn’t be anything but a musician.

I point this out, because I’m also adopted and for the past 15 years I’ve frequently spoke at events and panels to adopted children and their parents about what it’s like growing up adopted. (Short version, it’s pretty much like how everyone grows up, more or less.)

Never the less, I like to know some impressive famous folk who are adopted, because, of course, I like to use them as role models when talking to young children and adolescents about being adopted. Although I doubt any will know (or be interested in) Gillian Welch. So I guess I’ll just have to fall back on Superman, Tarzan and Dave Thomas from Wendy’s. But, there’s always hope.


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