David Lindley, a notable Los Angeles session musician identified for his work and collaborations with quite a few stars throughout the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s, died on Friday (March 3). He was 78.
The extremely proficient multi-instrumentalist — whose guitar and fiddle expertise made him a go-to collaborator for icons like Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and others — had been in poor health for quite a few months, in keeping with the Los Angeles Instances. A reason behind dying was not supplied.
“The loss of David Lindley is a huge one,” Jason Isbell wrote on Twitter. “Without his influence my music would sound completely different. I was genuinely obsessed with his playing from the first time I heard it. The man was a giant.”
Graham Nash additionally paid tribute on Instagram to Lindley, calling him “one of the most talented musicians there has ever been.” He added, “David could play pretty much any instrument you put in front of him with incredible versatility and expression.”
Lindley was born in San Marino, Calif., on March 21, 1944. He grew up surrounded by music and started enjoying banjo and fiddle as a toddler. By his early twenties, Lindley had developed an curiosity in electrical music and fashioned the psychedelic folk-rock band Kaleidoscope. The group launched its debut album, Facet Journeys, in 1967. That very same yr, he labored as a session musician on Leonard Cohen’s first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in keeping with the Instances.
After splitting with Kaleidoscope in 1970 following the discharge of 4 albums, Lindley joined Jackson Browne’s band, establishing himself on albums like 1973’s For Everyman, 1974’s Late for the Sky and 1977’s Operating on Empty. Throughout his time with Browne, Lindley additionally joined studio periods with different notable artists throughout the mid-’70s, together with Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Crosby & Nash, Rod Stewart and Ry Cooder.
Within the early Eighties, Lindley put his session work on maintain and fashioned the group El Rayo-X, which went on to launch two albums. Later that decade, he appeared on Bob Dylan’s Underneath the Pink Sky, Iggy Pop’s Brick by Brick and John Prine’s The Lacking Years. Through the ’90s, Lindley collaborated on albums releases with avant-garde guitarist Henry Kaiser and Jordanian oud participant Hani Naser. He reunited with Browne for a tour of Spain in 2006.
Lindley launched his final solo album, Massive Twang, in 2007. That very same yr, he and Kaiser scored Werner Herzog’s documentary Encounters on the Finish of the World.
See extra tributes on social media to Lindley beneath.