An entertaining performer and accomplished player of multiple stringed instruments, David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, who is known for his work accompanying the likes of Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon in addition to his own music, has long championed the concept of world music. His electro-acoustic performances combine American folk, blues and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical sources. He incorporates a collection of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud and Irish bouzouki. Lindley and his array of instruments will appear at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Sept. 13 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 ($12 with student ID). Lindley’s recording history dates back to the late 1960s when he formed his first notable band, Kaleidoscope, which is now considered the first world music rock band. In 1971, Lindley started a 10-year stint as Jackson Browne’s most significant accompanist, and played lead guitar on most of Browne’s classic 1970s recordings. During this time Lindley also struck up a close relationship with Ry Cooder, working with him on “Bop Till You Drop” and “The Long Riders” soundtrack. The Cooder-Lindley collaboration continues, and the acoustic duo has released several recording projects and played associated world tours. In the early 1980s Lindley formed El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music with world music and a heavy reggae influence. Lindley’s fascination with world music was full steam ahead in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he and Henry Kaiser traveled to Madagascar to record and play with some of the area’s greatest players. They recorded six albums of indigenous Malagasy music, including two collaborative CDs. The quality of the Grammy-nominated music on the two-volume Shanachie release “A World Out of Time” and the fair and ethical dealings with the Malagasy musicians made a major impact on the world-music scene. Around the same time, a chance meeting with Jordanian-born percussionist Hani Naser led to an impromptu jam and an instant decision to take the music on the road. Lindley and Naser toured the world for the following six years and released two albums––”Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good” and “Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better”––on Pleemhead Audio. Lindley has also performed and recorded with noted drummer/percussionist Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Timbuk 3) and continued his long-time associations with Browne, Cooder and others. Throughout his career, Lindley has also been one of Hollywood’s most in-demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon and many others. In solo performance, Lindley weaves together traditional tunes drawn from many cultures, restyled contemporary songs and quirky originals, all bound together by his off-beat and far-ranging banter. “Jesus on the Main Line,” Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” performed on the Middle Eastern saz and Lindley originals like “Cat Food Sandwiches” and “Methlab Boyfriend” rub shoulders in “Mr. Dave’s” sets. Tickets are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and davidlindley.com.]]>
David Lindley brings instrumental mastery, quirky humor to The Palms on Friday, Sept. 13
Lindley and his array of instruments will appear at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Sept. 13 starting at 8 p.m.