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One voice

Cowboy-booted songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform Saturday, July 9, at the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass. The duo's new album, "The Harrow & The Harvest," was released in June on Acony Records. The new record is the product of two people who are so entwined in each other and their songs that their voices seem to exude from a single place.

Welch and Rawlings met at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Welch studied songwriting; Rawlings studied guitar. Together, they moved to Nashvillve, Tenn., where most of their work together is produced. Since then, their songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Solomon Burke.

The duo's music is deeply rooted in the American South, although the new record has little of the sweet, sunny South and more of a dark pallor that recalls shady groves of Tennessee and wooded hollows in Appalachia.

The two are at home in the folk tradition and use its language combined with their own to perform wholly as one voice.

In fact, their songwriting seems to have arrived at the same place. As a duo, they are more seamless and fluid that ever. It's hard to unravel who wrote what word, what line and what sentiment.

It's the sound of two people singing and playing their songs.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the theater, 143 S.E. H St. Tickets cost $30. Call 541-471-1316 or see www.roguetheatre.com.

David Rawlings and Gillian Welch - Photo by Mark Seliger