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June 11, 2010 | 12 am

Acony Records is proud to announce another leg of the Dave Rawlings Machine tour in support of its critically acclaimed debut record, A Friend of a Friend. Released in November 2009, this is the first record by Dave Rawlings, the guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter best known for his work with Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show. These long time compatriots made the record with Rawlings as did newer friends Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, Karl Himmel, and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes. The touring Machine will include Rawlings and Welch along with members of Old Crow Medicine Show. Dave Rawlings is performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts in beautiful downtown Bristol, TN/VA on Friday, June 11 @ 8:00PM. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the Paramount Box Office, 423-274-8920 or online at www.etix.com.
Live reviews for the Machine have been stellar across the board. The Chicago Tribune said, “The Dave Rawlings Machine allowed Rawlings and Welch to focus not on the message or the mood, but the sheer joy of the music.” and the Wisconsin State Journal which exclaimed, “The band flew through the set with that elusive combination of abandon and precision…it was hard to miss the big smiles on the faces on stage as the almost overwhelming energy from the crowd poured over them.”

The reviews for A Friend of a Friend have been equally stellar:

“Songcraft as soul-baringly timeless as Twenties Delta blues.” 4 stars – Rolling Stone

“Hail to the best Americana debut album of the year.” 4 stars — MOJO

“In his debut as Dave Rawlings Machine, Gillian Welch’s better half proves he can hold center stage with a reedy voice that ranges from raucous bluegrass to soft potency.” – Time Magazine

“For nine songs over 40 minutes, Rawlings proves fascinating company…Rather than delivering a dry seminar on Americana, Rawlings keeps things lively and raucous thanks to energetic performances and a light touch on the production…he’s already been everywhere, but this debut suggests Rawlings is really going places.” — Paste

“This admirably self-effacing ‘friend of a friend’ and fondly regarded virtuoso has more than earned his 15-minutes plus in the musical spotlight.” 4 stars – Uncut