in praise of ... david lindley

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Lindley = hero!

(Lindley wailing on oud or bouzouki there)

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 29 April 2010 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 29 April 2010 05:17 (twelve years ago) link

lindley has a funny-sad cameo in FINAL CUT, steven bach's bk abt HEAVEN'S GATE - he pretty much got screwed over his contribution to the s/t

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:16 (twelve years ago) link

saw that episode of sunday night as a kid and was blown the fuck away. always meant to dig deeper into lindley's music, but for whatever reason, i never did. guess i was holding out for "the one with bon temps rouler", and never stumbled across it. can anybody recommend albums/recordings that stick to the one-guy-one-guitar vibe of that performance? cuz i dig mercury blues, but the full band arrangement gets me down, no matter much ass lindley is kicking. farty drums...

contenderizer, Thursday, 29 April 2010 07:40 (twelve years ago) link

such an awesome player... his "official bootleg" live discs are the best. even if you can't handle his voice, his guitar playing is pretty undeniable.

hobbes, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

i was having a drink down at the bar
i was worried about my image; i can't wash my car

hobbes, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:47 (twelve years ago) link

"i had just ordered some nachos and my hair was very very greasy"

hobbes, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

yah xp to contenderizer the "official bootleg" is really stripped down.. just david plus hani naser on oud and stuff

hobbes, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:51 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

About to play some El Rayo-X at a pool party. So good.

the who cares (okamax), Saturday, 19 June 2010 20:52 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, El Ray-O pretty much kicks ass.

firehorse, Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Always loved hearing him on Jackson Browne's records. And yes, El Ray-O is an excellent record.


birdistheword, Saturday, 4 March 2023 02:42 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I love that and the one after, super fun records. And this is hot hot stuff.

And this song is uh complicated but has choice Lindley guitar lines all through it.

praise be, love those browne records


corrs unplugged, Saturday, 4 March 2023 08:53 (three weeks ago) link

ah fuck! what a shit week for losing musicians... his work on Late For The Sky in particular is what makes the record... sometimes Jackson drops some almost-clangers lyrically, but Lindley seems to hint at feeling and depth that the words don't quite reach.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Saturday, 4 March 2023 11:16 (three weeks ago) link

I really enjoyed his first record with Henry Kaiser, A World Out of Time. I was more of a Kaiser guy but Lindley’s slide parts were really nice.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 4 March 2023 16:46 (three weeks ago) link

...and his other set of Kaiser collabs, <i>The Sweet Sunny North</i>, opened up a whole genre for me.

Moniker? I barely know 'er! (SlimAndSlam), Saturday, 4 March 2023 17:06 (three weeks ago) link

I'm not a huge fan of the sound exemplified by the SoCal albums of that era, but Jackson Browne's records are a major exception, as well as some of Warren Zevon's stuff like his self-titled album and most of Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like a Wheel - Lindley alone usually made those albums sound musically distinguished. Could be a great lap steel solo, could be his fiddle running through an entire song (especially on Late for the Sky, hard to keep count because he played so many instruments. I love those particular records and the songs themselves are great, but if you took him out of the equation, they would lose a LOT.

birdistheword, Saturday, 4 March 2023 23:42 (three weeks ago) link

I never realized that he was Linda Ronstadt's cousin.

aphoristical, Saturday, 4 March 2023 23:54 (three weeks ago) link

Is he really?

Wile E. Galore (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 5 March 2023 00:14 (three weeks ago) link

4-part podcast interview with Lindley last year. Super in-depth - gets into the early LA folk scene centered around the Ash Grove and the Pasadena/Arcadia clubs and goes from there.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 03:48 (three weeks ago) link

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 03:48 (three weeks ago) link

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 03:48 (three weeks ago) link

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 03:49 (three weeks ago) link

One song forgotten in the remembrances was this dynamite psychedelic soul single from Larry Williams and Johnny Watson-with the Kaleidoscope backing them up. Disappointing that they never did a full album together like this.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 03:52 (three weeks ago) link

Jackson Browne, yesterday on FB:

David Lindley, the guitarist, lap steel and fiddle player who gave his personality and his inspiration to so many of my songs, passed away on March 3rd. The outpouring of love, and the widespread recognition of his mastery has been very moving. I want to join in the resounding chorus of appreciation for his gifts, but nothing I write seems quite good enough. Words have never been enough to describe what David Lindley brought to a song.

I played with David for the first time in a dressing room at the Troubadour in 1969. My friend Jimmy Fadden of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had brought him to say hello, and pointed out that David had his fiddle with him, saying he would probably sit in if I asked him to. I already knew him from the band Kaleidoscope, whose first album, Side Trips, was one of my favorite records.

We started to play my song These Days, and my world changed. His playing was so emotional, and immediate - it cast a spell over me and everyone there. It didn’t matter that he had never heard the song before. What he was playing made it more emotional and more real than it had ever sounded in the years I had played it alone.

David was in England playing with Terry Reid when I made my first album. When he came back, I tried putting together a touring band with him, but it wasn’t as good as with just the two of us. I decided we would tour that way, as a duo, despite having a single on the charts that required drums, bass, and congas to play properly. We didn’t even play it. We played a lot of songs I had written up until then, some old songs we both knew, and songs friends had written. Eventually I did have a band with him, and it was a rich and varied musical environment. We co-headlined a national tour with Bonnie Raitt. That was the band on my third album, Late For The Sky.

David is a very large part of me - who I became, and who I remain. No one ever played like him. In my later bands, after David left to form El Rayo - X, we would play the songs’ structure, more or less based on what he had played, but it was, and still is today, up to the players to summon their own Lindley nature. Good luck! It's a very good thing to go for. He didn’t play the same thing each time. He was always exploring, always hearing something new. Always in the moment.

David’s musical interests were so far ranging, and his genius so evident, he attracted and played with many of the great artists of our day. Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash and David Crosby, Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen. But it was his band, El Rayo - X, that became the rich and fertile environment that gave him free rein to develop and mix his influences, and create the unique synthesis that will now and forever be known as David Lindley.

With Henry Kaiser, David continued the exploration of world music that he had begun in Kaleidoscope. I’m grateful to Henry for posting his Requiem For David Lindley, and for all the other posts and clips on the internet that attest to the many different cultures David navigated, weaving them into one world.

My own world is shattered by David’s passing. He was my friend and my teacher. It was with great pleasure and certainty that I revisited our special connection over the years. I guess I thought that he would always be around.

I've been struggling to write something and post it for the past two weeks. It was hard to begin, and it’s hard to conclude, I guess, because I don’t want to let him go. David was kind to everyone, and so funny. Incapable of uttering a dishonest word, or playing a dishonest note. There will be tribute concerts, and a documentary about him, for sure. There will be ways for us to continue to celebrate his life. And we all know there will never be another David Lindley.

- Jackson Browne

beautiful, real talk

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:52 (one week ago) link

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