Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Under the Covers: Dave Rawlings Machine - Going to California / To Be Young

Feels Like: Alison Krauss, Parker Milsap, The Wood Brothers

Dave Rawlings Machine sports some members with serious pedigrees. Featuring Dave Rawlings (ace songwriter, guitar virtuoso), Gillian Welch (O Brother chanteuse), Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Willlie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, now doing a stand-up job as a solo artist), and John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN), I'm pretty sure I could stop writing now. The fact that these songs (Rawlings wrote "To Be Young" so I wouldn't call it a cover) perfectly fit their sound only helps. I saw these extremely gifted folks last weekend at the Ryman, and was, unsurprisingly, blown away.