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EDITORS’ NOTES

As Gillian Welch’s longtime musical partner, Dave Rawlings has supplied sublime guitar and backing vocals on each of her four albums, and now it’s his turn to take center stage. In addition to Welch, Rawlings has produced, toured, and recorded with many skilled musicians over the past decade. Some of them appear on this recording (Welch on vocals and guitar on five cuts and members of Old Crow Medicine Show on several others) while some are here in spirit. The album includes versions of “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High),” which he co-wrote with Ryan Adams, “I Hear Them All,” co-written with OCMS, and Conor Oberst’s “Method Acting,” the latter of which he fuses with Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer” to create a dramatic 10-minute medley. Rawlings’ sincere, plaintive voice brings a quiet power to the album and it’s a treat to finally hear him sing lead. As he’s done so brilliantly with Welch, he's infused his music with the spirit of old-time country, bluegrass, and jug bands so completely that his meticulous compositions sound 100 years old.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As Gillian Welch’s longtime musical partner, Dave Rawlings has supplied sublime guitar and backing vocals on each of her four albums, and now it’s his turn to take center stage. In addition to Welch, Rawlings has produced, toured, and recorded with many skilled musicians over the past decade. Some of them appear on this recording (Welch on vocals and guitar on five cuts and members of Old Crow Medicine Show on several others) while some are here in spirit. The album includes versions of “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High),” which he co-wrote with Ryan Adams, “I Hear Them All,” co-written with OCMS, and Conor Oberst’s “Method Acting,” the latter of which he fuses with Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer” to create a dramatic 10-minute medley. Rawlings’ sincere, plaintive voice brings a quiet power to the album and it’s a treat to finally hear him sing lead. As he’s done so brilliantly with Welch, he's infused his music with the spirit of old-time country, bluegrass, and jug bands so completely that his meticulous compositions sound 100 years old.

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About Dave Rawlings Machine

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer David Rawlings is best known for his longtime collaboration with musical partner Gillian Welch, with whom he has written and recorded a number of critically acclaimed folk and neo-traditional albums. He has also produced and collaborated with artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Adams, Robyn Hitchcock, and Conor Oberst, among others. In 2009, he launched his solo career, releasing his debut album, Friend of a Friend, under the name Dave Rawlings Machine. Essentially a continuation of his partnership with Welch, but with his songs and voice taking the lead role, the band also featured members of Old Crow Medicine Show, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and several others. Like his work with Welch, the album was largely in the neo-traditional acoustic style and showcased his high lonesome tenor vocals and inventive guitar work played, as always, on his signature instrument, a 1935 Epiphone arch-top guitar. After Rawlings' involvement in various other projects, including his and Welch's fifth LP, Dave Rawlings Machine returned again in 2015 with their sophomore LP, Nashville Obsolete, again on Welch's Acony Records. ~ Timothy Monger

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