David Rawlings and Gillian Welch introduced genuine twang to the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday evening (Feb. 24), and sang -- or yodeled, partly -- their nominated music about skyward cowboys.
"When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" is the Americana duo's contribution to the soundtrack for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and it's one of many contenders on this 12 months's race for finest authentic music. (They wrote the observe that was carried out by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson for the movie.)
In matching, intricately embroidered Westernwear that match proper in with the aesthetic of the Coen Brothers' newest function movie, Rawlings and Welch flawlessly strummed and harmonized earlier than a shocking backdrop of a desert evening sky.
Frances McDormand -- frequent Coen collaborator and spouse to Joel -- set free an approving woop when the final word rang out.
"[Joel Coen] mentioned they wanted a duet between two singing cowboys, one the extra established one and one the youthful, quicker, better-looking sweeter singer, and that the duet wanted to be sung between them as soon as one in all them is useless,” Welch mentioned of the music's origins when she spoke with Billboard shortly following the information of her nomination.
“We love a problem. We put a bunch of yodeling in there, however the primary factor we needed to provide you with the concept for the music: ‘When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings.’ I sort of got here up with that fundamental concept [while we were] driving throughout New Mexico on a cross-country journey. I ran it by Dave. It appeared to suit and we began engaged on it.”
Watch Rawlings and Welch carry out "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" under, and take a look at the record of 2019 Oscar winners right here.