Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dave Rawlings Will Put on the Pants at the Paradise

The Dave Rawlings Machine will play the Paradise Rock Club on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on Saturday, June 5.

I've been listening to Dave Rawlings for years as the musical partner of Gillian Welch. They have been recording together since Revival in 1996. Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings) went big after being on the soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou.

Famously, Gillian said that she and Dave were equal collaborators in a band named Gillian Welch. But no one ever doubted that Gillian wore the pants in that band. It had been a while since the last Gillian Welch album Soul Journey in 2003. Fans had begun to wonder.

Then the Dave Rawlings Machine appeared in 2009 with the release of A Friend of a Friend in November. And who is in the Dave Rawlings Machine? Gillian Welch. But this time Dave is wearing the pants.

I saw Gillian and Dave as part of the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue at the Fleet Pavilion alongside the Boston Harbor in August 2004. They performed with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Buddy Miller. I will have to cross the Charles River again to see them at the Paradise.

In a curious coincidence, Patty Griffin will be appearing with Buddy Miller at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston on June 6.

Here's a problem, the Dave Rawlings Machine's MySpace page say the show starts at 10:15pm. Ticketmaster says the shows starts at 8pm. The Paradise says the doors will open at 7pm.

I've got to believe that the Dave Rawlings Machine won't go on until 10:15pm. So who goes on at 8pm?

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