Garnering a nomination for Best Original Song at the 2019 Academy Awards, “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” is the latest song penned by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Written for the Coen brothers’ western tour de force The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and originally performed therein by dueling gunslingers Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson, the song shines on this Acony Records release as Gillian and David sing it in their own haunting, inimitable style, invoking both the fatalism and penchant for yodeling of the classic cowboy songs.
The new song is out today on Acony Records. Click here to stream and download the song your favorite way.
Gillian & David will be performing “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” live at the 91st Academy Awards, on Sunday, February 24th. Tune in to ABC at 8pm EST / 5pm PST, or stream live on ABC.com.
David & Gillian’s original song for the new Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been nominated for an Oscar! See the full list of nominees here, and you can listen to “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” below.
Check out our most recent Spotify playlist of Dave covers on the road!
Dave stopped by WFUV Public Radio with this band last month and recorded 4 songs plus an interview with our favorite Rita Houston. Click below to watch 4 new live videos, stream the interview with Rita, or you can listen live tonight at 8pm on WFUV.LINK: http://www.wfuv.org/content/david-rawlings-2018
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photo by Andy Tennille
David, Gillian and the band are in the southeast this week on the next leg of the Poor David’s Almanack Tour. Come on out and see them starting today in Chattanooga, and upcoming shows at the Ryman in Nashville, the Orange Peel in Asheville, and back-to-back shows at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC! See below for the full list of upcoming dates.
2018 DAVID RAWLINGS TOUR DATES
WED JAN 17 – Tivoli Theater – Chattanooga, TN
THU JAN 18 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
FRI JAN 19 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
SAT JAN 20 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
SUN JAN 21 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
TUE JAN 23 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
WED JAN 24 – The Lyric Theatre – Birmingham, AL
THU JAN 25 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
FRI JAN 26 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
SAT JAN 27 – Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
TUE FEB 27 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
WED FEB 28 – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts – Santa Rosa, CA
THU MAR 1 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
FRI MAR 2 – Lobero Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA
SAT MAR 3 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
MON MAR 5 – John Van Duzer Theatre – Arcata, CA
WED MAR 7 – Rogue Theater – Grants Pass, OR
As the year comes to an end, we want to thank all the fans who’ve bought the new record, come to a show, or supported us in any fashion! We can’t wait to get back on the road again in a few weeks, and we are humbled by POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK being included in some of our favorite publications’ end-of-year lists. Here are a few of the inclusions:
“Nobody bends and breathes between notes quite like David Rawlings on guitar, and nobody harmonizes like David and his longtime partner Gillian Welch… In writing Poor David’s Almanack, David and Gillian set out to craft new folk songs that have the timeless quality of music passed down for generations.”
– NPR Music “10 Albums That Made 2017 Brighter”
“…what remains crystal clear is the quality of the music. That’s especially true for standout track “Cumberland Gap,” a foot-stomping ode to one of the most treacherous mountain passes in Appalachia.”
– Rolling Stone’s “25 Best Country Songs of 2017”
“Most of these originals sound like vintage folk classics, and his sibling-deep harmonies with Welch – who sings throughout – remain glorious.”
– Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017″
“As ever, he plumbs the dark corners of American music and makes old sounds mean new things, with a deft picking style and a playful sense of structure and repetition.”
– Stereogum’s “The 10 Best Country Albums Of 2017″
“Almanack is an endlessly inventive and lively collection of new folk tunes that sound old, as though Rawlings hadn’t written them but had found them in the back of some old antique store in the middle of nowhere. And yet, just like the old LP technology experiencing its own resurgence, these old-sounding songs somehow sound current, relevant, prescient”
– The Bluegrass Situation’s “BGS CLASS OF 2017: ALBUMS”
As an end-of-year present, we also made a music video for Cumberland Gap! You can watch it right now on Apple Music.
David Rawlings partnered with Apple Music to create a dreamy narrative video for the GRAMMY-nominated single “Cumberland Gap.” Shot on location in Tennessee with acclaimed director James Lees, you can watch it on Apple Music now!
The POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK tour starts up again on Friday in Hartford, CT! We’re about to make the trek up to the northeast, and we love playlists, so we made some for you for your Thanksgiving travels. DAVID RAWLINGS ON RECORD is a near-complete list of songs Dave has appeared on whether singing, playing guitar, producing, or all three! Enjoy, and let us know which song you like best. 🙂
“Q: You’re now under the name David Rawlings, rather than Dave Rawlings Machine. What was the decision behind that?
A: It was simplicity more than anything else. We’d come up with the Machine name a few years ago, but it just felt like it was time to write some songs by myself. It felt like more of a classic name to play under. When we first started out doing the Machine, I wasn’t as confident having my name on the album cover.”
More from a new interview with Dave in the new edition of the UK’s Acoustic Magazine, on stands today!
Dave and his new name (and old band) will be on the road in a month! Click below to buy tickets now: