ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Roots Americana fans have got used to looking for hints and suggestions of Gillian Welch on liner notes and in festival line-ups while waiting for the follow-up full-lengther to 2011’s glorious The Harrow & the Harvest. So the emergence of a third “solo” album by long-term musical partner David Rawlings holds extra appeal. And it’s not just the odd harmony, duet and knee slap from Welch that, in reality, marks Poor David’s Almanack as the pair’s eighth joint outing, because the song choices fit firmly into the rustic, old-time storytelling style they tend to favour together over Rawlings’ more rambling electrical solo outings. When he does power up on Cumberland Gap and Guitar Man, the result is wonderfully Crazy Horse-ish, but the standouts remain the refinedyet-naive hoe-down hollers Yup and Good God a Woman and back-country ballad Put ’Em Up Solid.
POOR DAVID’S ALMANACK, David Rawlings (Southbound)