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DAVID LINDLEY R.I.P. 1944 - 2023

Notable session musician David Lindley, a multi-instrumentalist known for his prolific work and collaborations throughout the ’70s and ’80s, has died on March 3 at age 78, Rolling Stone confirmed. No cause of death was given. An active musician since the ’60s, Lindley was a popular session musician whose skillset when it came to playing string instruments like the fiddle and guitar made him a must-have collaborator for artists like Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Toto, Rod Stewart and Joe Walsh.

Lindley stood out among the other session musicians, not only because of his impish demeanor, but also because of his raw talent. Known as one of the legendary rock and roll sidemen of his era, the musician played in Jackson Browne’s band for most of the ’80s, making a name for himself beyond the studio. In return, Browne produced Lindley’s 1983 album El Rayo-X. Ry Cooder enlisted him for “Jazz” and “Bop Till You Drop” in the late 1970s, sparking a collaboration that continued for decades; the pair would occasionally tour as a duo, with one of these ventures captured on the 2019 release “Cooder/Lindley Family Live at the Vienna Opera House.”

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Santa Barbara 1981/Hollywood 1995 [no label, 2CD]

With El Rayo-X - Stop Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Benefit Concert. Santa Barbara County Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA; July 25, 1981. With Ry Cooder - A Show Of Friends. The Palace, Hollywood, CA; March 5, 1995. Very good audience recording.

Stop Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Benefit Concert, Santa Barbara County Bowl
Santa Barbara, CA; July 25, 1981.

Thanks to zuma66 for sharing the show at Dime.

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Track 01. Twist and Shout 3:12
Track 02. She Took Off My Romeos 4:09
Track 03. Your Old Lady 4:50
Track 04. Brother John 8:38
Track 05. Fiddle Tune 4:07
Track 06. Don’t Look Back 5:44
Track 07. Quarter of a Man 4:29
Track 08. Tu-ber-cu-lucas and the Sinus Blues 4:02
Track 09. Mercury Blues 3:47
Track 10. Before the Deluge * 4:50
Track 11. Doctor My Eyes * 4:17
Track 12. Redneck Friend * 4:10
Track 13. The Harder They Come * 3:32
Track 14. Boulevard * 5:27
Track 15. El Rayo-X * 4:43
Track 16. Tender Is the Night * 4:39
75 mins

* with Jackson Browne

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A Show Of Friends. The Palace, Hollywood, CA; March 5, 1995

Thanks to flyingm for sharing the show at Dime.

From master DAT tape recorded by Bill W
Sony ECM-909A Electret Condenser Stereo Microphone > Sony TCD7
Transfer by Flying M
Otari DTR 8S > Korg MR 2000S @ 16-48
Har-Bal 3.7 & iZotope RX 8 advanced (prep) > CD Wave > Korg Aqua (16-44) > TLH

Track 01. Introduction 0:59
Track 02. Jesus On The Main Line 6:35
Track 03. Hold That Snake 8:31
Track 04. Poor Old Dirt Farmer 4:54
Track 05. Well, Well, Well 8:44
Track 06. Jimmy Hoffa Memorial Building Blues 7:50
Track 07. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live 8:02
Track 08. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home 6:33
53 mins

Ry Cooder - vocals, guitars, mandolin
David Lindley - vocals, guitars, violin, tambur
Joaquim Cooder - percussion
Rosanne Lindley - vocals

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  1. 5 Responses to “DAVID LINDLEY - SANTA BARBARA 1981/HOLLYWOOD 1995 [R.I.P. 1944 - 2023]”

  2. Thanks BigO. Even a Ry Cooder bonus

    By sking on Mar 4, 2023

  3. Most excellent! Thanks, BigO!

    By sdw0418 on Mar 4, 2023

  4. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Mar 5, 2023

  5. Rumor has it David had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Mar 5, 2023

  6. Hey Jocko P, rumors recently circulating that it is your very own self who keeps starting these rumors. We all know you are an attention seeking numbnut - so stopping ask stooopid questions!.

    By HHH on Mar 5, 2023

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