David Lindley - El Rayo-X (1981)
- Me, just now.
David Lindley has one of those names that would fit both a rock star and a professor at a liberal arts college. This David Lindley is a rock star, although far from a typical one.
Perhaps most famous for his guitar work and vocals in Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty," Lindley's career has included a little bit of everything - from session musician to band leader to scoring films, the man has a rich tapestry of accomplishments
Lindley is well known for being able to play most anything with strings. Lindley can play guitar and bass, sure, but also mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, oud, weissenborn, and zither. I think my favorite is the charango, because it's made out of an armadillo. I saw a flattened charango in Florida once. I didn't want to touch it.
El Rayo-X was Lindley's debut album as a solo artist, and not unlike Nils Lofgren's solo debut, it delivers in very unexpected ways. Take it for a spin, and you'll definitely recognize a tune or two. How about this FM radio classic:
[ mp3 ]: David Lindley - Mercury Blues
[ mp3 ]: David Lindley - She Took Off My Romeos
Just so you know - "Romeo" is a brand of slip-on shoes. An appropriate opener, since you should listen to the rest of the album shoe-less and patio-perched, and preferably with beer in hand. My other favorite is "Quarter of a Man," which is a little bit lower energy than the rest of the record, but altogether groovy.
[ mp3 ]: David Lindley - Quarter of a Man
Maestro work from a rock'n'roll journeyman. If David Lindley is the Wallace Shawn of rock, then this is his "My Dinner With Andre."