David Rawlings

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David Rawlings
David Rawlings performing in 2014
Background information
Origin North Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States
Genres Bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time, folk, American Primitivism
Instruments Singing, guitar
Associated acts Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch
Website http://www.daverawlingsmachine.com/
Notable instruments
1935 Epiphone Olympic Guitar

David Todd Rawlings is a professional guitarist, producer, and singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. He has also released two albums under the name Dave Rawlings Machine.


David attended the Berklee College of Music and studied with guitar professor Lauren Passarelli.

He is known in his own right as a producer, having produced Welch and bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show. He has recently performed as the frontman of a band titled "Dave Rawlings Machine." Other members of the band include Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and Brittany Haas. He has also contributed to the Bright Eyes album Cassadaga, the Ryan Adams album Heartbreaker (which opens with "Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey"), and the Robyn Hitchcock album Spooked.

Rawlings co-wrote the tracks "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)" and "Touch, Feel and Lose", with Ryan Adams.

David 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.[1] It sold for about $35 in 1935.[2] The guitar's lower bout measures 13 5/8 inches wide, and it has three piece f-holes.[1]

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. Co-writers and musicians on the album include Welch as well as members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Bright Eyes.[3] Rawlings is also best friends with movie producer Douglas Wick.[4] In 2015 Dave Rawlings Machine released a second album Nashville Obsolete.


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  1. ^ a b 1934 Epiphone sales catalog
  2. ^ "Acguitar.com". Acguitar.com. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (September 29, 2009). "Dave Rawlings Steps Into Spotlight With 'A Friend Of A Friend'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ "The Ghostly Ones". The New Yorker. 2004-09-20. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 

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