“It’s so good to be back for another night,” Gillian Welch said as the Dave Rawlings Machine took the stage at Austin’s Parish Room Monday.
Their last show of the first tour and the second night at the venue, the five-piece band (also including Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig and Willie Watson of Old Crow Medicine Show) pulled out all the stops for a fantastic evening of music.
Rotating through all the songs from the new album, A Friend of a Friend, they played for nearly two hours. “It sure is a swinging town if this is what Mondays are like,” Gillian laughed.
An assortment of covers like This Land Is Your Land weaved into I Hear Them All, the gospel number He Will Set This World On Fire and Dylan’s Diamond Joe and Queen Jane Approximately fleshed out the set.
They even managed to slip in a few Gillian songs, No One Knows My Name, Throw Me A Rope (which David mentioned will be on her next record) and Look At Miss Ohio with special guest guitarist Mark Ambrose.
Throughout the night, the five traded jokes. After a shouted request, which was quickly followed by a “Sorry.” Dave said, “That was the first request-slash-apology I’ve ever heard. People who yell ‘Free Bird’ are never sorry.” He added that there has to be a “Free Bird Clock” like the Population Clock counting down the time until yelling “Free Bird” will stop being funny.
Gillian teased the guys about their denim outfits, noting that Ketch had picked up some new duds at Allen’s Boots on South Congress. “The Canadians called, they want their tuxedos back,” Dave laughed. And, as usual, there were the many light-hearted laughs about tuning the banjo.
Returning for the encore, Willie Watson sang a slowed version of the Old Crow Medicine tune, CC Rider and Gillian’s song about a “farm boy who can’t get clean,” Red Clay Halo. They ended the show by trading verses on The Band’s The Weight.
Opening the show was 18-year-old rising star, Sarah Jarosz, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for her song Mansinneedof from her first record, Song Up In Her Head.
The multi-instrumentalist (banjo, mandolin, guitar and piano) played a short set including Tim O’Brien’s Red Dog Morning, Patty Griffin’s Long Ride Home and several new originals.
How’s About You
Hot Corn, Cold Corn
I Hear Them All > This Land Is Your Land > I Hear Them All
Monkey and the Engineer
Throw Me A Rope
It’s Too Easy
No One Knows My Name
Look At Miss Ohio
Method Acting > Cortez the Killer
He Will Set This World On Fire
Bells of Harlem
Queen Jane Approximately
Red Clay Halo
To Be Young (It To Be Sad, Is To Be High)