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Gillian Welch descended upon the Union Transfer in Philadelphia last night, and while most country/bluegrass artists suffer a certain stigma for existing outside the pop culture canon, Welch has – in her 15 years in the industry – managed to accumulate support in all sorts of circles you’d never expect. As the audience learned last night, it takes especially concentrated talent to slip through the cracks in our preconceptions, and Welch & bandmate David Rawlings have it in spades. It’s interesting to note how extreme the praise was coming out of this show, as @PhillyManCave’s great-on-its-own compliment is amplified by its genre blindness. @jimbro takes it a step further – his reaction bypasses the typical show review tropes in favor of the language you’d normally hear from the cosmically in-touch (be they Burners or Born Agains). My favorite transmission, though, was from @SamuelAAdamas, who took a glib but impassioned shot at Wild Flag fans from the night before. Do I smell a dance-off brewing?
Growing pains of a new venue, maybe? The Union Transfer opened on September 21st with a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show. Philly, what’s your experience there been like so far? Tell us in the comments or via #TTchatter.