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David Lindley

David Lindley in Oslo, Norway, October 31st 1981. Photo: Helge Øverås
Background information
Also known as De Paris Letante, Mr. Dave
Born March 21, 1944 (1944-03-21) (age 65)
San Marino, California
United States
Genres Rock, country, world music
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Music scorer
Instruments Acoustic and electric guitar, Upright and electric bass guitar, banjo, oud, mandolin, lap steel guitar, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, ud, weissenborn, zither
Years active 1966 - present
Labels Asylum, Atlantic, Epic, RCA Victor, Shanachie
Associated acts Kaleidoscope, El Rayo-X, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon
Website Official Website
Notable instruments
Weissenborn lap slide
Danelectro guitar models

David Perry Lindley (born March 21, 1944 in San Marino, California) is an American musician who is notable for his work with Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and other rock musicians. He has worked extensively in other genres as well. He has mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar Magazine referred to Lindley as a "maxi-instrumentalist" in a cover story on his work.[1] The majority of the instruments that Lindley plays are stringed instruments. 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.

Lindley has performed as a member of the band Kaleidoscope, served as bandleader of his own band El Rayo-X, and has been hired to serve in that capacity for other artists on tour.[1] He is noted as one of the premiere session musicians today. In addition, he uses his talents to score music to film and has worked extensively in that capacity as well.




Early work

During 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 bandleader of his own rock band, El Rayo X, from 1981-1983, which produced three albums.

Work with other artists

Lindley with Ry Cooder, Brisbane, 1980

Lindley is particularly well-known for his work as a session musician, especially for rock musicians. Aside from his own solo and band efforts, it is difficult to list all the musicians who have collaborated with Lindley. He has contributed his talents 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 and Rod Stewart. 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 among 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.

While Lindley is not known as a vocalist, his voice has been widely 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 done first by Browne, then by Rosemary Butler, then by Lindley in falsetto.[2]


Lindley has an extremely large collection of rare, and to the majority of Westerners, 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 website[3] but admits that he has "absolutely no idea", how many instruments he owns and plays, having gathered them since the 1960s.[1]

Solo discography (excerpts)

  • 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 Records) with Henry Kaiser in Madagascar
  • 1994 : The Sweet Sunny North (Shanachie Records) with Henry Kaiser in Norway
  • 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
  • 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 : David Lindley—Big Twang

Discography with other musicians


  1. ^ a b c Kotapish, Paul (2005). "BIG little MUSIC: The Weird and Wonderful World of String Wizard David Lindley". Acoustic Guitar Magazine. pp. Cover Story. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ Browne, Jackson (1978). "Jackson Browne The Load Out / Stay 1978". Jackson Browne In Concert Live At Shepherd's Bush Theatre, London 1978 distrubted on YouTube, time mark 7:03. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ Lindley, David (2005). "The Official David Lindley Web Page". Official Website. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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