Dave Rawlings Machine

Aug. 23
8 p.m.
Alt-Country, Americana, Singer-Songwriter

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch have issued eight albums as a duo, each attributed to one performer or the other, with Rawlings getting top billing on the latest, Poor David’s Almanack. Welch is there all the way, co-writing half the songs and harmonizing throughout, but Rawlings’ expressive, reedy voice leads off, and he laces the tracks with excellent, intricate guitar work. There’s plenty of help from the likes of fiddler Brittany Haas, banjoist Willie Watson, and Dawes’ Goldsmith brothers, infusing exquisitely crafted songs like “Midnight Train” with rustic mountain spirit. Rawlings has a whimsical streak too. On the drawly, deadpan “Yup” even the devil can’t abide a farmer’s annoying wife, and the Carter Family-like “Good God a Woman” is a creation tale in which “the big man” nearly neglects lust. Finally, two electric country-rockers seem straight out of Crazy Horse’s songbook: “Guitar Man” and the magnificent, hazard-strewn “Cumberland Gap.”