Even when serving as ever-reliable back-up guy for high-caliber acts like Gillian Welch, Bright Eyes and Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings has never been one to be outshined. His mutable Americana pickings, which glean as much 70s folk rock as antique tin-can country with remarkable authenticity at both ends of the spectrum, have always brought a tailored polish to their respective forms. Now, as the frontman for his long-awaited solo project The Dave Rawlings Machineout behind his recent debut A Friend of a FriendRawlings still humbly refuses to be detached from his peers. Composed half of covers from the aforementioned groupsas well as Neil Young and Ryan Adamsand half of originals co-written with Welch, Rawlings is only restating what his continuously stellar career has said all along: Music is nothing if not a collaborative effort.
Thu., Dec. 3, 9 p.m., 2009