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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Musician Dave Rawlings Goes Solo

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Mojo Magazine calls Dave Rawling’s first solo CD, “A Friend of A Friend,” one of the best Americana records of the year. Rawlings is perhaps better known as bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch’s musical partner, but she supports him on his first record as a headliner. We revisit our conversation with Dave Rawlings from earlier this year.

  • Here & Now: Bluegrass band ‘Cherryholmes’ keeps it all in the family

    Songs From This Segment
    “Caleb Meyer,” performed by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings (written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch )
    “I Hear Then All,” performed by Dave Rawlings (written by Dave Rawlings )
    “Monkey and The Engineer,” performed bv Dave Rawlings (written by Jesse Fuller)
    “Cortez The Killer,” performed by Dave Rawlings (written by Neil Young)
    “Sweet Tooth,” performed by Dave Rawlings (written by Dave Rawlings )
    “Bells of Harlem,” performed by Dave Rawlings (written by Dave Rawlings)


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  • http://john-s-allen.com John S. Allen

    The song “Sweet Tooth” which is described on the December 30, 2010 show and on this page as written by Rawlings is nearly identical on both melody and theme to “CandyMan” as sung nearly 5 decades ago by Dave Van Ronk — maybe traditional, maybe by Van Ronk in all or in part — I couldn’t find information online with a quick search. It is not the same as the song “Candy Man” sung by Sammy Davis Junior, though some sources confuse the two.

  • Alex Ashlock Here and Now producer

    Thanks John, I’ll look into this. It’s possible that Dave’s Rawlings’ Sweet Tooth is based on a traditional tune. You’re right, reading the lyrics of both songs by the Daves, they are similar. Thanks for listening.

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