8 p.m. Thursday, August 13. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Avenue. $35 to $38. 314-533-9900.
The last time Gillian Welch and David Rawlings came to town was under the banner of the Dave Rawlings Machine, the guitarist's rotating cast of singers and instrumentalists who help prop up his collection of originals and inspired covers. Last June's show featured help from former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on mandolin — an odd combo that combined for a night of spirited Americana. For Welch and Rawlings' return to the Sheldon's stage, her songs will be front and center once again, and Welch's peerless songbook (and Rawlings' inimitable guitar work) will no doubt ring out from the intimate, sonically lush venue.
Hoping for a Sneak Preview: While Welch's most recent album, The Harrow & the Harvest, came out in 2011, Rawlings' second album with his Machine, titled Nashville Obsolete, will be released on September 18.