Watson and Welch, each dressed for Little House on the Prairie, sang lead on a handful of tunes, including “Wayside” and Charley Jordan’s “Keep it Clean,” Welch’s voice haunted or belting, Watson’s a down-home call.
Jones played mandolin like you’d expect a musician formed in the riffage of Zeppelin to play, frequently killing runs along the neck, occasionally twining leads around Rawlings’ guitar work.
There was legacy and lore wrapped up in Wednesday’s show, from those in the seats as well as those on the stage.
This morning, acclaimed songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings announces his extensive, thirty-three date “An Evening With David Rawlings” tour, with stops in cities including Portland, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Richmond, and Atlanta (full dates below). Tickets for this tour will go on sale on Friday, September 29th at 10am and you can find full information here.
David Rawlings’s third album, is out now on Acony Records.Like Bob Dylan’s early work, looks to archetypal songs of the American roots-music catalog for inspiration, using them as launching points for a wildly original tracklist.The high-lonesome harmonies and acoustic fretwork of “Midnight Train” jumpstart the album on an earthy note, while “Airplane” — a southern ballad featuring a string section arranged by Rawlings himself — reaches skyward.Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to produce an album for all seasons.NPR hails the album as “a sweetly engaging, impressively wide-ranging collection of American roots music” and it can be purchased on all formats here.