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Third Solo Album On Vinyl LP!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Acclaimed songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings released his freshly pressed third album, Poor David's Almanack, on August 11, 2017 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.
A single LP mastered for vinyl direct from the analog tapes by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on their own custom-built VMS 80 lathe with Ortofon amplifiers, this pressing of David Rawlings' Poor David's Almanack is the first new album on Acony to come out on vinyl simultaneously. With artwork & illustrations by Gillian Welch, the package includes an old-style tip-on jacket printed on special paper and a printed sleeve. Limited time download card included.
This release marks the 8th studio collaboration between Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Their creative partnership spans over two decades and includes the GRAMMY-nominated The Harrow and the Harvest (2011), the much lauded and latest Rawlings release, Nashville Obsolete, which landed on numerous 2015 year-end best-of lists, and the 2001 GRAMMY-nominated masterpiece Time (The Revelator). Together they founded the independent record label Acony Records in 2001. In recognition of their remarkable career, Welch and Rawlings were honored with the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and the Berklee American Masters Award in 2016.
"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
"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, 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
Mastered for vinyl direct from the analog tapes on custom-built VMS 80 lathe with Orton amplifiers
Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Artwork and illustrations by Gillian Welch
Old-style tip-on jacket printed on special paper
Limited time download card
David Rawlings, vocal, guitar, strings (4), Scratch (8), Harmonium (10)
Gillian Welch, vocal, guitar, hands and feet (2), bass (3 and 7), drums (3, 4, 7 and 10), bass drum (8 and 9), bongos (8)
Willie Watson, vocal (except 3 and 7), guitar (1, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10), banjo (2)
Paul Kowert, bass (except 3 and 7)
Brittany Haas, fiddle (except 3 and 7)
Ketch Secor, bass vocal (5, 9 and 10), fiddle (6)
Taylor Goldsmith, organ (3 and 7)
Griffin Goldsmith, drums (3 and 7)
Billy Thomas, drums (1)
Austin Hoke, saw (8)
Critter Fuqua, vocal (9)
1. Midnight Train
2. Money Is The Meat In The Coconut
3. Cumberland Gap
5. Lindsey Button
6. Come On Over My House
7. Guitar Man
9. Good God A Woman
10. Put 'Em Up Solid