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Welch drops song in time for Mother's Day

Friday, May 8, 2020 – Gillian Welch is out today with a new song - sort of - in time for Mother's Day.

The singer put out "Happy Mother's Day," a song she recorded for her mother years ago.

The song was put out through Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001 and comes from a newly rediscovered cache of demos and home recordings from the early 2000s.

"We can't always be with the ones we love, but that can't stop us from saying 'I love you,'" Welch said. "I wrote this song one May when I was far away and couldn't be with my mom on Mother's Day. Then, I called and sang it into her answering machine when I knew everybody'd be sitting down to eat. Here is the original home demo for the song, recorded on a portable reel to reel."

The acoustic song clocks in at 1:53 minutes. Welch begins the song: "Happy mother's day from your daughter so far away...I am thinking of you now and I try to tell you how much I love you and how much I miss you."

Welch has not released an album since "Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg" in 2016.

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