The pair had been touring, playing at shows at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and writing songs along the way, but nothing that was right to record.
Subsequently Welch has been involved in tribute albums such as Return Of The Grievous Angel: A tribute to Gram Parsons and soundtracks such as O Brother, Where Art Thou?The five-part harmonies were subtle and tight, Jones holding down a low bass end, the individual voices sometimes becoming indecipherable from the whole.Watson and Welch, each dressed for Little House on the Prairie, sang lead on a handful of tunes, including “Wayside” and Charley Jordan’s “Keep it Clean,” Welch’s voice haunted or belting, Watson’s a down-home call.: Definitely they date from recent history which was one of my concerns with taking this long. I really didn’t want the songs to be cherry picked from, you know, one song from 2004, one song from 2005. We can usually tell when the songs start appearing that are the record.On November 20th, the Dave Rawlings Machine kicked off its seven-date tour with “Will the Circle be Unbroken” and ended with “The Weight.” They were appropriate bookends for a tour that looks overwhelmingly to be about the pleasure of American song and music making.The dynamic duo were last here a long 11 years ago in 2004.