David Rawlings performs songs from his new album, 'Poor David's Almanack'

David Rawlings and Gillian Welch perform "Cumberland Gap" live on Radio Heartland in the studios of 89.3 The Current, Minnesota Public Radio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • David Rawlings - Come On Over My House (Live on The Current) 03:33
  • David Rawlings - Midnight Train (Live on The Current) 03:12
  • David Rawlings - Cumberland Gap (Live on The Current) 02:58

David Rawlings is out with a new record this month on the Acony label featuring 10 new, original tunes. It's his third project under his name, rather than under his partner Gillian Welch's name. But rather than calling the band "The Dave Rawlings Machine" as he has in the past, it's now simply David Rawlings. That's because the songs on the record are slightly more in the folk realm than his previous recordings.

Poor David's Almanack features David on lead vocals and guitars with Gillian Welch on harmony vocals (and guitar, drums and body percussion); plus an all-star lineup, including Willie Watson on guitar and fiddle, Brittany Haas on fiddle and Paul Kowert (of the Punch Brothers) on bass.

Considering that roster, we all wondered who David would bring into the studio for this session. We got lucky. The very same personnel listed above all marched through the door, gathered around one microphone and gave us three songs. Enjoy!

Songs Performed


"Come On Over My House"
"Midnight Train"
"Cumberland Gap"
All songs from David Rawlings' 2017 album, Poor David's Almanack, available on Acony Records.

Personnel


David Rawlings: guitar, vocals
Gillian Welch: guitar, vocals
Brittany Haas: fiddle
Willie Watson: guitar and fiddle
Paul Kowert: bass

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan

Resources


David Rawlings - official site

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    David Rawlings performs in the studio of Radio Heartland and The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Brittany Haas performs with David Rawlings in the studio of Radio Heartland and The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    David Rawlings and Gillian Welch in the studio of Radio Heartland and The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Willie Watson, David Rawlings, Paul Kowert and Gillian Welch in the studio of Radio Heartland and The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    From left to right, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, Willie Watson and David Rawlings warm up before their session in the Radio Heartland studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • David Rawlings in the studio
    David Rawlings in the studio for Radio Heartland and The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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