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David Lindley

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A musician so virtuosic he’s been called a “maxi-instrumentalist,” David Lindley’s kaleidoscopic career began, appropriately enough, as lead guitarist with the Middle Eastern-inspired ‘60s psychedelic outfit Kaleidoscope. Along with acoustic and electric guitars, he became infamous for his skill on a stunning range of pan-cultural stringed instruments, including upright and electric bass, banjo, mandolin, oud, Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, and Irish bouzouki. In the 1970s, Lindley was among the extraordinary circle of California-based sidemen whose work can be heard on era-defining albums by Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, and most notably, Jackson Browne, with whom he has long served as a key collaborator. While famously known for his role as Best Supporting Musician, Lindley stepped out front with his own band, the one and only El Rayo-X. Albums such as 1981’s El Rayo-X and 1982’s Win This Record saw Lindley and his crack combo melding diverse sounds like American roots music, world beat, and reggae into a truly idiosyncratic sonic stew. A major figure on the world music front, Lindley has collaborated with such fellow six-string explorers as Ry Cooder and Henry Kaiser, while also pairing with Jordanian-born percussionist Hani Naser for a series of world tours. He continues making adventurous music today, smashing barriers and fusing idioms as bandleader and session player and solo artist.


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