Dave Rawlings Machine
The dynamic duo of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch were last here a long 11 years ago, in 2004. No one had quite expected the sublime beauty and simplistic complexity of their voices and instruments in their live shows. From the grandeous Forum Theatre in Melbourne to the tiny Meeniyan Town Hall, they slayed ‘em all in shows that continue to be talked about.
Dave Rawlings Machine play in support of the recently released (and critically acclaimed) album Nashville Obsolete which features 7 original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.
The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, as well as Willie Watson, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and incredible fiddler, Britt Haas.
Nashville Obsolete marks the 7th studio album on which Welch and Rawlings have collaborated together over a two-decade long creative partnership. In 2015, The Music referred to them as the ‘Americana dream team’, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree because they, at every outing—be it the GRAMMY nominated Gillian Welch release The Harrow and the Harvest (2011), the 2009 Dave Rawlings Machine release A Friend of a Friend or the 2001 Gillian Welch masterpiece Time (The Revelator)—they’ve constantly moved the musical goal posts with the same brilliant results. As Fasterlouder recently said about Nashville Obsolete, ‘It’s possibly the recording career high point for Rawlings and company.’
These are the must-see shows of 2016. It has taken 11 years to get them back and it will be at least another 10 before we see them here again.