David Rawlings-Poor David's Almanack
I can't believe I forgot to write about this gem. I was listening to it last night and that's when it hit me that I had forgotten. The record is billed as a David Rawlings record. But just as the David Rawlings Machine included a major contribution from Gillian Welch, and all Gillian Welch records might as well be David Rawlings records, "Poor David's Almanack" might as well be a Gillian Welch record or a David Rawlings Machine record or even a David Rawlings & Gillian Welch record. More important, this record is the best thing either has done since "Time (The Revelator)" in 2001.
I know this isn't for everyone. Old timey folk and mountain music might not be the first thing you want to pull off your shelf. But the beauty of the singing and playing is undeniable. I'm a sucker for harmony and when Rawlings and Welch harmonize, they become one, much like Phil & Don. I love "Poor David's Almanack" and it might have to knock something out of the top 15. Or, I need to have a TOP 16.