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David Lindley


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What he played did as much to form my music as my writing those songs. . . . This is one of the great slide players of all time.

—Jackson Browne

A David Lindley performance isn’t just an awe-inspiring demonstration of string prowess. It’s a portal to far-flung realms, a magic carpet ride skittering around the globe offering vivid glimpses of Jamaica, the Mississippi Delta, Madagascar, Turkey and Cuba.

San Jose Mercury News

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array 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. His uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show. Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager. In 1971, he joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Browne’s most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. Lindley created his own remarkable band, El Rayo-X, in 1981, integrating American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Throughout his long and distinguished 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.

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