Wailin’ Wednesday: Who Is David Lindley?
Since we announced that David Lindley was receiving our Artistic Achievement Award this year, folks who have been in our office have been praising the talent of the man. Or should we say talents – plural.
He plays a multitude of stringed instruments. So many that Acoustic Guitar magazine deemed him, not a multi-instrumentalist, but a maxi-instrumentalist. Lindley riffs on the acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin and zither. He picks the strings of instruments from around the world including the Norwegian hardanger fiddle; the Greek bouzouki; Renaissance instrument, the cittern; Turkish instruments bağlama, gumbus and cümbüş; the Andean charango, and the oud.
It’s clear in his instrument selections that the Californian brings a great amount of world influences to his music. Collaborations like we’ve seen at the Winnipeg Folk Fest, including as frontman of his rock/world band El Rayo-X (1987, 1988) and another with Jordanian percussionist Hani Naser (1991), are evidence of this. He combines Americana with African, Arabic, Turkish, folk, blues and even Celtic.
Lindley’s talents have made him an in-demand musical collaborator, having worked with some of the greatest musicians of the past decades. He’s made music with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few.
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