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David Rawlings

Gillian Welch

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States

Bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time, folk, American Primitivism

Associated acts
Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch

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David Todd Rawlings is an American guitarist, singer, and record producer. He is known for his partnership with singer and songwriter Gillian Welch.


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Rawlings attended the Berklee College of Music and studied with Lauren Passarelli. He produced albums by Gillian Welch, Willie Watson and Old Crow Medicine Show. He leads the Dave Rawlings Machine with Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and Brittany Haas. He contributed to the albums Cassadaga by Bright Eyes, Spooked by Robyn Hitchcock, and Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams, with whom he wrote two songs, "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)" and "Touch, Feel and Lose".

A Friend of a Friend (2009)

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The Dave Rawlings Machine album A Friend of a Friend was released on November 17, 2009. Rawlings recorded the album in Nashville, and produced it himself. Gillian Welch is credited as a co-writer on five of the album's songs as well playing in the band with members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Bright Eyes. Rawlings is also best friends with movie producer Douglas Wick.

Nashville Obsolete (2015)

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In 2015 Dave Rawlings Machine released a second album, Nashville Obsolete. In late 2016 Acony issued Boots No 1: The Official Revival Bootleg, a deluxe version of the 1996 Welch album considered a "modern Americana classic".

Poor David's Almanack (2017)

Poor David's Almanack, released on August 11, 2017 via Acony Records, is the eighth collaborative LP for Rawlings and Welch and the first under the name David Rawlings. In addition to Welch and Watson, the backup band includes Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes. The album was recorded with Ken Scott and Matt Andrews at the Rawlings/Welch duo's Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville. The album features an original woodcut piece by Gillian Welch on the cover and was notably the first vinyl release on Welch and Rawlings' Acony record label.

Start to finish, the album is a testament both to his immeasurable talent and to his essential place in the roots and Americana music scene. It's also a chance for a guy otherwise happy to play sideman or stand behind the boards to step out just a touch further into a well-deserved spotlight.


Rawlings achieves his signature guitar sound flatpicking a small archtop guitar. The 1935 Epiphone Olympic that has been his primary instrument was a mid-priced guitar for its time, with a carved arched solid sprucewood top, carved arched solid mahogany back and mahogany sides. It sold for about $35 in 1935. The guitar's lower bout measures 13 5/8 inches wide, and it has three piece f-holes.

Rawlings "scavenged" the guitar from a friend's attic and is now hardly seen playing anything else. As he states, "I just picked it up. It was filthy, and it didn't have strings. You could just see the shape of it under the sawdust." Rawlings tuned it and brought it to a recording session for the Welch's first record. "As soon as I heard it through the microphone and through the speakers I was like, 'I love this guitar.'" he says.


  • A Friend of a Friend (Acony, 2009)
  • Nashville Obsolete (Acony, 2015)
  • Poor David's Almanack (Acony, 2017)
  • As guest

    With Ryan Adams

  • Heartbreaker (2000)
  • Demolition (2002)
  • With Bright Eyes

  • Four Winds (Saddle Creek, 2007)
  • Cassadaga (Saddle Creek, 2007)
  • With others

  • Ani DiFranco, Swing Set (2000)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show, Old Crow Medicine Show (2004)
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Spooked (2004)
  • The Whispertown 2000, Swim (Acony, 2008)
  • Sara Watkins, Sara Watkins (Nonesuch, 2009)
  • References

    David Rawlings Wikipedia

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