They include (but are not limited to) the acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, oud, weissenborn, and zither. Career: As a teenager, Lindley took to playing the banjo and the fiddle. By his late teens he was acknowledged as an award winning player having won the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest five times. From 1966 to 1970, Lindley was part of the eclectic psychedelic band Kaleidoscope. Between his work in the studio as a session musician or on tour as a sideman or bandleader, Lindley has worked on learning new instruments.
He was the leader of his own band El Rayo-X from 1981 to 1983, which produced three studio and two live albums. Work with other artists: Lindley is known for his work as a session musician. He has contributed to recordings and live performances by Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Curtis Mayfield, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Terry Reid, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and Joe Walsh. He has also collaborated with fellow guitarists Ry Cooder and Henry Kaiser. Artist Ben Harper has credited Lindley's distinctive slide guitar style as a major influence on his own playing and in 2006 Lindley sat in on Harper's album Both Sides of the Gun.
He is known in the guitar community for his use of "cheap" instruments sold at Sears department stores and intended for amateurs. He uses these for the unique sound they produce, especially with a slide. In the early 1990s, he toured and recorded with Hani Naser adding percussive instruments to his solo performances, and his instrumental repertoire which he uses in his session work. In recent years, Lindley has also toured extensively and recorded with reggae percussionist Wally Ingram.
It is his touring around the world that has exposed him to part of his array of instruments that appear exotic to many Western audiences. Lindley's voice is heard in the version of Stay performed by Jackson Browne. Browne's version is a continuation of The Load Out, and its refrain is sung in progressively higher vocal ranges. The refrain of "Oh won't you stay, just a little bit longer" is sung first by Browne, then by Rosemary Butler, then by Lindley in falsetto. His slide solo in Jackson Browne's Running On Empty is one of his best-known collaborative works as well. Lindley joined Jackson Browne for a tour of Spain in 2006.
Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino, a 2-CD set of recordings from that tour, was released May 11, 2010, with Browne and Lindley touring together starting in June of that year. The duo also won an Independent Music Award for Best Live Performance Album. Instruments: Lindley has an extremely large collection of rare, unusual looking and sounding instruments. There is a large and detailed display of quite a few rare guitars, as well as instruments that originate from the Middle East and other parts of the world. Lindley has listed and categorized many of them on his [url=http://[officialsite]www.davidlindley.com]website but admits that he has "absolutely no idea" how many instruments he owns and plays, having gathered them since the 1960s. Solo discography (excerpts): 1967 : Side Trips (Epic Records – with Kaleidoscope 1967 : A Beacon from Mars (Epic Records – With Kaleidoscope) 1969 : Incredible Kaleidoscope (Epic Records) 1970 : Bernice (Epic Records) with Kaleidoscope 1981 : El Rayo-X (Asylum) 1982 : Win This Record! (Asylum) 1983 : El Rayo Live 1985 : Mr.
Dave 1988 : Very Greasy (Elektra) #174 US 1991 : OST The Indian Runner with Jack Nitzsche 1991 : A World Out of Time (Shanachie) with Henry Kaiser in Madagascar, three volumes 1994 : The Sweet Sunny North (Shanachie Records) with Henry Kaiser in Norway, two volumes 1994 : Wheels of the Sun by Kazu Matsui (Hermans records) with Hani Naser 1994 : Official Bootleg #1: Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good with Hani Naser 1995 : Cooder-Lindley Family Live at the Vienna Opera House with Ry Cooder 1995 : Song of Sacajawea (Rabbit Ears) 1995 : Official Bootleg #2: Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better with Hani Naser 2000 : El Rayo-X Live!! (Ulftone Music) with El Rayo-X in the mid '80s 2000 : Twango Bango Deluxe (with Wally Ingram) 2001 : Twango Bango II (with Wally Ingram) 2003 : Twango Bango III (with Wally Ingram) 2004 : Live in Europe (with Wally Ingram) 2008 : Big Twang (solo) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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