David Rawlings

David Rawlings

born in in North Smithfield, RI, United States

David Rawlings

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David Rawlings
Origin North Smithfield, Rhode Island, U.S.
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 and harmony singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.

David attended the Berklee College of Music & studied with Guitar Professor, Lauren Passarelli.

He is also known in his own right as a producer, having produced Welch and bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show. He has recently performed under the billing of "The Dave Rawlings Machine". 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 guitars lower bout measures 13 5/8 inches wide, and it has three piece f-holes [3]

The Dave Rawlings Machine album A Friend of a Friend has a release date of November 17, 2009. Rawlings recorded the album in Nashville, and produced it himself. Co-writers and musicians on the album include Welch, members of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bright Eyes, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.[4]


  • David Rawlings Machine -"A Friend of a Friend" (To be released November 2009 · Acony Records)

Album appearances

  • Bright Eyes  Four Winds (2007 · Saddle Creek)
  • Bright Eyes  Cassadaga (2007 · Saddle Creek)
  • Ryan Adams  Heartbreaker (2000)

External links

  • David Rawlings at MySpace


  1. 1934 Epiphone sales catalog
  2. David Rawlings' guitars, Acoustic Guitar Central
  3. 1934 Epiphone sales catalog
  4. Graff, Gary (September 29, 2009). Dave Rawlings Steps Into Spotlight With 'A Friend Of A Friend'. Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2009-09-30.
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