The Dave Rawlings Machine is rolling into the Beacon in NYC tonight in support of their new album Nashville Obsolete. Check out some of the recent album reviews that have come in below!

“…now he and Gillian Welch mean business.”
– (9/10 Stars)

“There is so much on Nashville Obsolete that impresses, but what lingers longest is a rare and persuasive ability to tap into the ageless mythos of true American folk.”
– Uncut Magazine (8/10 Stars)

“…another haunting collection of deep folk, simultaneously timeless and incapable of being made by anybody else”
– Relix Magazine

“They are the kind of songs that you listen closely to because you are sure the singer has something important to tell you…”
– Performer Magazine

“…it’s loveliness front to back, songs about rootlessness and travel, the tension between being tied down and feeling free.”

“Once again you are wrapped in their acoustic world…”
– Faster/ (8/10 Stars)

Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, who have been out touring the US in support of their new Dave Rawlings Machine album Nashville Obsolete, are featured on the cover of the latest issue of American Songwriter magazine.

The Nov/Dec 2015 issue of the magazine will hit stands today, with a feature article interviewing the pair about the new record, the album title, their origin story, their influences, and more.

You can subscribe or purchase a digital version of the magazine by clicking here.


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The first leg of the Dave Rawlings Machine US tour, promoting the new album Nashville Obsolete, is about halfway finished! Below are a couple of our favorite live reviews of the tour: – “Welcome to the Machine, Nashville Style” – Cleveland, OH – “The Dave Rawlings Machine @ The Egg, 11/7/15” – Albany, NY
For US fans, you can still catch Dave along with Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert (of the Punch Brothers), and Brittany Haas (of Crooked Still) in Northampton tonight, NYC on Wednesday, and several more dates in the southeast through Thanksgiving. The tour will pick back up again after Christmas and finish up out west. Current tour dates are on the website Tour Page.

Watch & Listen below, to Tom Jones’ beautiful tribute to his friend Elvis Presley, in the form of a cover of Gillian’s song, “Elvis Presley Blues.” On his new album Long Lost Suitcase, a companion piece to his autobiography, both available for purchase now.

Dave Rawlings Machine is pleased to announce the release of their first music video, ‘The Weekend.’ The video was shot on a breakneck road trip from Nashville to California. “It was the craziest idea,” says Rawlings, “to document a weekend trip from Music City to the beach and back.” The opening scene shows Rawlings and Welch packing up the ’65 Chevy Impala they first toured in. West-coast bound, outfitted in Nudie Suits and armed with guitars and a beach blanket, the story unfolds over the course of ‘The Weekend.’ The trip is real, the breakdown is real, the mechanic is real, unplanned, but evidence that Dave Rawlings Machine will go wherever the road leads them.

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Gill and Dave’s recent performance at the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be airing on PBS on Saturday, October 3rd. Gillian had the distinct honor of inducting the late Townes Van Zandt into the ACL Hall of Fame and she and Dave performed one of Van Zandt’s legendary songs. Click below to watch the bonus footage of Gillian’s induction speech and click here to see when the show will be airing in your area.


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Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are very honored to be included in the upcoming photography exhibit and slide presentation by the world renowned Henry Diltz and the infamous Pattie Boyd. Diltz photographed the duo for the new Dave Rawlings Machine record Nashville Obsolete. henrydiltztour

Shows will be held in Los Angeles (sold out!), Nashville, Chicago, New York, and Fall River, MA. This promises to be a historic night. Get your tickets now. Click here to buy tickets.

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Fresh off their shows in the midwest leading up to last night’s appearance at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Gillian and David have just added two California shows in Santa Barbara and Monterey in early October. Monterey is on sale now, and Santa Barbara goes on sale this Thursday, 8/20, at 10am. See the Tour Page for all updated info.


Acony Records proudly presents Nashville Obsolete, the highly anticipated second album from Dave Rawlings Machine.

Recorded on analog tape at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, Nashville Obsolete features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Produced by Rawlings, Nashville Obsolete highlights the brilliant musicianship of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, Willie Watson on vocals and guitar and guest appearances from Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Jordan Tice (mandolin).

Nashville Obsolete is available for pre-order now ahead of its September 18th release date at the links below:

iTunes Preorder
Amazon Preorder

Special Acony pre-sale packages will launch on September 1st.


The beloved duo will add another accolade to their career accomplishments as they accept the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association. The award will be presented at the association’s 2015 Honors & Awards ceremony held September 16th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which will be taped to air on PBS later in the year. Nashville Obsolete marks the 7th studio album on which Welch and Rawlings have collaborated together in their acclaimed two decade long creative partnership, including their most recent offering, the GRAMMY nominated Gillian Welch release The Harrow and the Harvest (2011), the 2009 Dave Rawlings Machine release A Friend of a Friend which MOJO hailed as “the best Americana debut of the year” in their 4-star review, and the 2001 Gillian Welch masterpiece Time (The Revelator).

Dave Rawlings Machine, whose rousing live show has prompted critics and fans alike to call them “one of the hottest string bands on the planet” (SF Weekly) will support Nashville Obsolete with a world tour to be announced soon. In the meantime, the duo will make a handful of special appearances as Gillian Welch, including the closing slot at the inaugural AmericanaFest concert at the new Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville on Saturday, September 19. Tickets are on sale now.


Last Sunday night, Gillian and Dave helped curate an evening performance dedicated to Bob Dylan’s historic appearance at Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Click the link below to read the The New York Times piece about the festival and watch their opening number, a cover of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

Click here to read the NYT article. Be sure to check out the Dylanesque correction at the bottom.

Watch Below!