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A Friend of a Friend

Dave Rawlings MachineAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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A Friend of a Friend is the first record by Dave Rawlings, the guitarist, producer, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show. These long time compatriots join Rawlings on this record beside newer friends Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, Karl Himmel, and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes. The notion of recording as Dave Rawlings Machine began ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Rawlings Machine Store

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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acony Records
  • ASIN: B002QF31QC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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He's not been the same since Gillian Welch got him that Nudie suit. Having spent the past dozen years to the left of the spotlight, guesting with Mark Knopfler and Bright Eyes, producing Old Crow Medicine Show and playing distinctive guitar and singing harmonies with Welch, Rawlings confidently, compellingly takes centre stage. Of nine songs here, one is epic in length - Conor Oberst's Method Acting drifting into Neil Young's Cortez The Killer as if both slipped off the end of Time (The Revelator). Most are Rawlings originals, their moods ranging from Jimmie Rodgers (How's About You and old-time duet Sweet Tooth) to a backporchy cover of the song he co-wrote with Ryan Adams, To Be Young. His band has Bright Eyes and Old Crow members plus Heartbreaker Benmont Tench. --MOJO - February 2010

Recorded largely in Nashville's famed RCA Studio B, Dave Rawlings' solo bow is as rooted in old-timey verisimilitude as his work with Gillian Welch. His tenor and understated acoustic-guitar work carry songs like Ruby, which packs a Seventies Topanga Canyon vibe. The head-turners are the unplugged To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High), written with Ryan Adams, and Conor Oberst's Method Acting: songcraft as soul-baringly timeless as Twenties Delta blues. --Rolling Stone - November 2009

Dave Rawlings is best known as Gillian Welch's other half in the cultish American folk duo that confusingly bears only her name, so you can see how doing a solo album might have seemed a good way of finally getting a mention on the cover. But Welch isn't too far away, co-writing five of the nine tracks here and singing back-up on all but one. So what's the difference - does he just turn his mic up and hers down? Well, there is that, but Rawlings has various and bluegrass familiars at work here too, chiefly members of the Old Crow Medicine Show adding mountain fiddles and banjos. --Observer Music Monthly - November 2009

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A Friend of a Friend is the first record by Dave Rawlings, the guitarist, producer, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and Robyn Hitchcock. Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Kevin Hayes and Morgan Jahnig of OCMS join Rawlings and Welch on this record beside newer friends Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Fan Will Want This Album December 1, 2009
By Jill
Format:Audio CD
Reasons this is a 5 star album---tracks 1, 4 and 9; great vocal harmonies (to be expected from Gillian and David); David's guitar playing (of course); and the overall Rawlings-style production that makes the music sound so effortless.

One thing that leaves me slightly disappointed is the limited new material (tracks 2 and 3 have been released on other albums and tracks 4 and 8 are covers). I've been told that one could also argue that track 5 is a semi-cover since the melody was taken from an old blues song, but since I was not familiar with that song, it was new to me. So out of 9 songs only 5 of them were "new". To be fair though, the Oberst/Young cover is so fantastic, it kind of has a life all its own. It's just been so long since their last album, I really wanted MORE.

The main thing that I am not crazy about is the heavy-handed Old Crow Medicine Show bleed into the Gillian and David sound. I know this is simply a matter of taste--I like OCMS and own a couple of their albums--but I would prefer that their influence be more subtle. Tracks 6-8 could easily appear on an Old Crow album with guest vocalists David and Gillian. I'm not a purist who despises the idea of them straying from their usual two guitar/two vocals routine. I just don't love the idea of Gillian and David sounding like guests on their own album.

But if you're a fan, you're going to buy this album and you're going to like it. It's nice to see David Rawlings get the accolades he deserves and I'm excited to add this to my collection.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music no matter who gets top billing November 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The first from Dave Rawlings Machine is also the latest from him and his long time partner in sweet harmony, Gillian Welch. Dave and Gillian coauthored most of the tunes and it's nice to hear their music from a new angle. It's still simple and sublime. Dave, as any who have been to their live performances already know, can really sing as well as pick and he carries the lead very nicely thank you. But, come on Gillian, let's have a new one from you as well.

This is a damned fine effort so go and buy it folks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Return December 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I cannot add anything to Lara Chetkovich's review. I give it five stars on the merits of "Ruby" alone and out of gratitude for Rawlings and Welch returning with another album. I found Chetkovich's criticisms to be appropriate and support them, but I could not find it within myself to give this anything lower than five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something old, something new October 5, 2010
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I grew up on CSN&Y, Stones etc..., and therefore take an immediate liking to this music of Dave Rawlings Machine (DRM). It displays roots in country, folk, blues, bluegrass and jazz. Just what I like. I can imagine the Stones picking up on the exquisite opening track (Ruby) and doing something strange and wonderful with it. I am saying this not to detract from DRM, but to emphasise the stature of their songwriting. I love also the range of emotions the songs take one through, from sad and pensive (Ruby, Cortez the Killer, Bells of Harlem) to light-hearted and funny (Sweet Tooth). After all, music should be entertaining too! The songs are very finely crafted, something which could easily be overlooked if one listened only superficially to them. And this reveals what is best about them: they are so wholesome and HONEST. The simplicity is beguiling, because real artistic prowess makes what is actually very difficult seem so simple. I am delighted to have discovered this music, and surely recommend it to anyone who claims to have decent taste.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why no vinyl? February 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Dave and Gillian have a sound that cries for vinyl, but as far as I know, they have released only on CD. There are many of us who would rejoice in a vinyl release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like american music? December 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Personally... David Rawlings music and persona seems to fall seamlessly (if seamlessly is the right word) and easily into the historic timeline of american roots music. He seems intimately connected to the best of what american music is all about and in the most sincere way. It doesn't exactly feel well planned, complete or meticulously produced... More importantly, it feels authentic. A true piece of americana. I can't wait for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Dude is cool November 25, 2009
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I'll keep it short and sweet. If you like fantastic acoustic guitars, harmonies, and the feeling that the artists are smiling the whole time they're making this music than you should get this album. This album is friendly. Like bumping into someone you haven't seen in while that you really did want to see. It's very smooth and not to overloaded with production. I've been having fun with this one in the CD mix. If you get a chance to see any of the artists that were on this album live definately do so. Good stuff and I hope for more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars right on rawlings February 1, 2010
By Matthew
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anyone who has listened to david rawlings partnering with gillian welch has probably often wondered why they weren't billed as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, or simply Welch & Rawlings. They certainly seem to compliment one another and be integral to each others songwriting and music making. This album is another tribute to their combined powers, while also being distinctly Rawlings in flavor. The songs that make their first appearance on this record stand out, Ruby and Sweet Tooth, How's About You, It's Too Easy... are all great original numbers. The difference besides the obvious that Welch's vocals are turned down and Rawlings are turned up is that the songs lean more towards Rawlings sensibility, which is slightly lighter, upbeat, playful. Overall, it's a good record, with some great moments. The renditions are distinctly Rawlings and are good, but don't surpass the originals. To be Young, I Hear them All, Method Acting, Cortez. Lastly, and I have to say this... I've been DYING!!! for another Gillian Welch record. This isn't it, which is a tribute to Rawlings' singularity. However, for those of us who love Gillian's sensibilities and voice... we'll still be waiting. By the way, for me, also, Gillian goes to the core. She's one of the most important songwriter/singers in my life. She de-cores me. She hardcores me. ha. Seriously. There's great music and then there's music that compels your soul. For me, Rawlings makes great music, but Gillian compels my soul on a different level.

p.s. i have to add i just saw that Rolling Stone gave A Friend of a Friend four stars, which is more than they have given any of Welch's records. They actually gave Soul's Journey only 2. So, let me reiterate my personal feeling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome CD...
What a surprise with these three!! Love them together. Catch them on Another on show time. Good music on entire cd
Published 7 months ago by dholmes
5.0 out of 5 stars stick with this
I didn't 'get it' all at first, but I persevered and it is worth it. Lovely album, great traveller music.
Published 14 months ago by L. R. Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift and assume recipient was pleased with it since it was on their wish list.
Published 18 months ago by Needles
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Too Easy.... to love this album!
Just getting into bluegrass and based on Amazon's recommendations, I ordered this album. I'm loving it! Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Claudia Y Inez Bachman
4.0 out of 5 stars The name speaks a certain truth
Dave Rawlings has been siding along the Americana and Roots music scene for over a decade, primarily with singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by Tim Brough
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album by an awesome duo
This is another great album by Dave and Gillian. If you like what Gillian has been putting out for all these years you will like this album. Be sure to check out "Ruby".
Published on August 8, 2011 by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Wooden
I happened to hear this album in its entirety without knowing what it was. I was instantly intrigued and decided I would buy it by the time it played all the way through. Read more
Published on October 11, 2010 by Steven C. Seachrist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen
Saw the Machine with Gillian Welsh locally with the Prairie Home Companion broadcast - really enjoyed the music and the show.
Published on August 10, 2010 by Wanda Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
The harmonies on this record are absolutely fantastic and among the best you will ever hear!
Published on August 2, 2010 by Jed Luhmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, see them live if you can
Saw DRM at the Ryman with Prairie Home Companion and they were fantastic! I just got their album and while nothing beats a live sound, this album is also magnificent. Read more
Published on April 14, 2010 by C. Hill
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