Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg
To mark the 20th anniversary of her remarkable 1996 debut, Revival, Gillian Welch and perennial collaborator Dave Rawlings sifted through their vault. The dusty Americana tracks here are deeply rewarding: There are strikingly tweaked alternate versions of album cuts; raw, revelatory demos that have the faint whiff of unearthed front-porch recordings; and a trove of contemporaneous covers, jams, and other gems. Collectively, they offer insight into Welch’s evolution as a singer, songwriter, and performer, and into her invaluable partnership with Rawlings.