ZZ Top records “It’s Too Easy”
ZZ Top’s new album, La Futura, features a cover of Gillian and Dave’s song “It Too Easy.” Appearing as track 9, the song is called “It’s Too Easy Mañana” on the new album, ZZ Top’s first in 9 years. “It’s Too Easy” was originally recorded by Gillian and Dave on the Dave Rawlings Machine album, A Friend of a Friend.
La Futura can be found at your favorite retailer or downloaded from iTunes here.
Dave wins AMA Instrumentalist of the Year Award
Acony Records is delighted to announce that Gillian and Dave took home two Americana Awards last night. The ceremony, held in Nashville, TN, at the Ryman Auditorium, featured live performances by Lifetime Achievement Award winners Booker T. Jones, Bonnie Raitt, and Richard Thompson. Dave won the Instrumentalist of the Year award in a strong category featuring friends Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott, and Chris Thile. Gillian won Artist of the Year, the last award of the night. This marks the first AMA Award for either Gillian or Dave.
Tune into A Prairie Home Companion tomorrow for a rerun of DRM’s performance
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a colorful mix of two shows from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee will be re-broadcast. Featuring Emmylou Harris and Sara Watkins as diner waitresses in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Fred Newman as teenage heartthrob Justin LaFever, dueling fiddlers Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan, the Dave Rawlings Machine, and signs of spring in Lake Wobegon. Click here to find a radio station that carries the show in your area, or listen to the live stream Saturday, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. CST by visiting www.prairiehome.org (You can hear a rebroadcast of the live stream on Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST).
New Dave interview in Acoustic Magazine
I’d seen some bands play that were just two people on guitar [...] and figured it was not too strange to have a band with two guitarists,’ he continues. ‘I thought that perhaps there might be some ground there to be broken’
DRM’s version of “This Land Is Your Land” on NPR
A clip of Dave’s version of “This Land Is Your Land,” including his spoken introduction, can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered from January 31, 2011. The clip is taken from Dave and Gillian’s performance at the Concert For Equality in Nebraska last year. The episode, which can be streamed online or downloaded as an MP3, interviews Conor Oberst about the concert and his new album.
(Photo by Lindsey Best)
Here & Now – Dec. 29th
Dave’s recent Here & Now interview will be rebroadcast on your local NPR station on Wednesday, December 29th at 12:39pm EST. Click here to view a list of the NPR stations and their local Here & Now broadcast times. Or you can listen live on the web at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET by choosing a live stream from WBUR.
A Friend of a Friend in MOJO’s top Americana albums of 2010
The Dave Rawlings Machine’s A Friend of a Friend just turned one year old! And just in time for its first birthday, it is gracing the pages of MOJO in their “Best of 2010″ list, #2 following Willie Nelson, in the January 2011 issue.