When her debut album appeared in 1996, Gillian Welch stood in marked contrast to her contemporaries. Miles removed from the Lilith Fair generation, Welch offered a willfully anachronistic sound, deeply rooted in the traditions of bluegrass, folk, and old-time country. With partner David Rawlings, she crafted striking original songs that sounded like they came from another era. Her participation in the craze-starting bluegrass soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? raised her profile considerably, though with 2001's Time (The Revelator) she began expanding her approach beyond rote old-school influences.