Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being produced today. So they decided to cut their records themselves.
Acclaimed songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings will release his freshly pressed third album, Poor David’s Almanack, on August 11th via Acony Records. For Poor David’s Almanack, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a wry mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in ageless American vernacular. The album of ten new songs was crafted by studio wizards Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at legendary Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to produce an album for all seasons.
The Dave Rawlings Machine has added new tour dates this August, as they make their way to Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival! All new shows go on sale next Friday, May 12th (more details on our tour page as they come in).
Wed 8/16 – Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre
Thu 8/17 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sheldon Concert Hall
Fri 8/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Folly Theater
Sun 8/20 – Lyons, CO @ Rocky Mountain Folks Fest
Wed 8/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
Thu 8/24 – Madison, WI @ Capitol Theater
Fri 8/25 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Sat 8/26 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
*all shows on sale Friday, May 12th
Dave Rawlings Machine will be gracing the stage of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest again in Lyons, CO, this summer on the last day of the long-running folk festival, Sunday, August 20th. You can purchase tickets at shop.bluegrass.com/folks and see the rest of the lineup by clicking here.
For those not able to make it to the Dave Rawlings Machine’s extra-special performance at Cumberland Caverns in TN this spring, Dave’s set will be broadcast in the very first episode of the Emmy Award-winning Bluegrass Underground, starting up again this week on PBS. Click here to check your local PBS listings and click below to watch a clip of “The Last Pharaoh” from the Machine’s episode, which airs this week.
GOING TO CALIFORNIA
As the Machine heads up the West Coast this fall, we’ve added an essential stop at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Saturday, October 1st. See below for what will likely be your last chance to catch this Machine this year!
This fall, the Machine will reunite for more West Coast tour dates, traveling up the coast from Santa Cruz, making several stops in California and ending at an old favorite, the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass, OR.
All new fall shows go on sale this Friday, 6/17 (except where noted) with a special fan club presale this Wednesday, 6/15. A small number of great seats will be set aside for the presale, and you can access them with the passcode: “CANDY”. See below for the full fall run of dates!
For all you Colorado fans who thought we skipped by you last year, the Machine has added TWO dates in the Centennial State before making it’s way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. DRM has shows in Fort Collins on Tuesday, June 14, and Denver on Wednesday, June 15. Both shows go on sale this Friday, March 25th. See the tour page for more info.
Photo by Michael Mackenzie (ABC RN)
With the incredible and continuing support that has been shown by music loving fans of Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Love Police Touring are excited to announce a very special musical celebration called DREAM A HIGHWAY featuring Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine, Willie Watson and Haas Kowert Tice at Festival Hall in Melbourne on February 20.
This show comes at the end of a three week nationwide tour that has seen Gillian and Dave drive some 6937 kilometres of our highways to deliver revelatory shows night after night. Beginning in Perth as the duet Gillian Welch, and rolling all the way East to Melbourne, then North to Brisbane, Gillian and Dave are then joined by three musical amigos to transform into Dave Rawlings Machine for a run of shows all down the East Coast. This last special show will be a gathering of all the possible musical entities this group of extremely talented Artists can deliver.
After 45 shows in the US, the Dave Rawlings Machine preps for its first visit to Australia, a 6-show run down the East Coast following the first Gillian Welch tour down under since 2004.
For those cities in the US that we weren’t able to visit since Nashville Obsolete‘s release in September, we have great news! DRM has added a handful of shows in April, including first visits to Florida & Mississippi, as well as stops at old favorites in Bloomington, St. Louis, Louisville, Kansas City and more. This April run of shows also includes a co-headline in Charleston, SC, with our good friends the Punch Brothers and DRM’s Saturday appearance at Merlefest!
All April shows go on sale this Friday, 1/22 (except where noted) with a special fan club presale this Thursday, 1/21. A small number of great seats will be set aside for the presale, and you can access them with the passcode: “CANDY“. See below for the full April run of dates!
The Machine is so happy to have made it through Texas, Arizona and more on this last run, and were delighted to receive some awesome press, see some great photos, and perform to wonderful crowds. Here are some of our favorite show reviews, interviews and photos from this most recent tour in early 2016!
Dallas Review & Photos:
“The Best Americana Show of 2016”
“Dave Rawlings Machine lights up Paramount”
Flagstaff Review & Interview:
“Hallelujah By and By: Dave Rawlings Machine cranking on all cylinders”
With 44 shows under their belts, the Dave Rawlings Machine heads west today to prep for their final show of the US tour, back where they began in Southern California. After that, the Machine will head to Australia for their first ever visit down under!
DRM plays their final show of the US leg of the tour tomorrow, on Saturday, Jan 16th at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for any remaining tickets!
The preliminary lineup for the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival was announced this morning and the Machine will be making an appearance on the Main Stage! Other artists include Emmylou Harris, John Prine, the Punch Brothers, and many more.
Click here for the rest of the lineup and ticket info!