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Dave Rawlings Machine

  • Capitol Theater 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Gillian Welch (left) and Dave Rawlings. Photo by Henry Diltz.

Gillian Welch (left) and Dave Rawlings. Photo by Henry Diltz.

Singer/guitarist Dave Rawlings has one of the most enviable collaborative gigs in American music, using his reedy harmony vocals and prickly acoustic guitar to provide a subtle shadow to Gillian Welch. The two have flipped things on three albums under Rawlings' name and with Rawlings singing lead and other musicians in the mix. The latest, this year's Poor David's Almanack, might not have quite the eerie weight of Welch's albums, letting Rawlings steer things in a slightly more lighthearted direction, especially on tracks like "Money Is The Meat In The Coconut" and "Come On Over My House." "Yup" is a new take on a, um, humorous folk song about the devil taking a man's wife to hell. But the level of craft is still there, especially in the way the duo's voices mesh and in their just-understated-enough instrumentation. There's still emotional depth to be found in between the lines here, and more overtly on standouts like the beautifully sad "Airplane." —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 24
Orton Park Festival (free)
Later Event: August 25
Funky Fridays