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A Friend of a Friend

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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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HAIL TO THE BEST AMERICANA DEBUT OF THE YEAR

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 alt.country 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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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acony Records
  • ASIN: B002QF31QC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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