Saturday, November 21, 2009

You know, just the usual Bright Eyes/Neil Young & Crazy Horse medley that everyone is doing

The new (and first) album by the Dave Rawlings Machine, "A Friend of a Friend", came out this past Tuesday and has been getting great reviews. I have had a chance to listen to it a few times over the course of the week and I must say I am impressed. David Rawlings and Gillian Welch have been performing as a duo for the better part of 15 years now, and this is their latest album contribution. Rawlings gets top billing for the first time and sings lead on the songs, but with a significant helping of Welch on all of the tracks. Rawlings played a key role in all of Gillian's albums and she plays a vital role in this album as well. The medley track above is "Method Acting" by Bright Eyes --> "Cortez the Killer" by Neil Young. Great stuff! Rawlings is a fantastic guitar player. I do hope we also get a "Queen Jane Approximately" in Omaha next month when they play a show at The Waiting Room, though a "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" would be keen as well.

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