In spite of being born in New York and raised in California, her songs sound like they are straight from the Dust Bowl, some mountain holler in West Virginia, or some honky tonk bar out in the sticks. Welch a is fantastic writer and has a lovely drawl to her voice and is accompanied on most songs by guitarist David Rawlings. Though not exactly famous, she gained a good amount of exposure by being a part of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Of all her albums, I would recommend Time (the Revelator) as the best pick. While perhaps a bit darker than some of her other albums, it has a few upbeat numbers like "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" and "Elvis Presley Blues." The song "Ruination Day" is about April 14th: the day that the Titanic Sank, the date of "Black Sunday" (the worst dust storm of the Dust Bowl, as well as the day that
Below are a selection of her songs for your listening pleasure.
"I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll"
"Time (the Revelator)"