David Rawlings

If you’re going to go to the trouble of watching a total solar eclipse, it might as well be in the middle of a cornfield in Nebraska. “I had never see(...)

Apparently the Malibu recording session flowed with “weed, beer and coke” and drugs do get fond mention. But whatever was driving him that August nigh(...)

A quick catch-up lest anyone hasn’t been paying attention. Lukas is a son of Willie. Having a famous father probably didn’t hurt when Neil Young gave (...)

The measure of this impressive album is that it is the first of Rawlings’s three solo albums where the listener doesn’t immediately yearn for the thri(...)

About six months ago, Conor Oberst released his seventh solo album. Ruminations is so titled because it was written following a period of exhaustion i(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a g(...)

For his acceptance, Bob Dylan is giving a concert, not a reading – which says it all. Photograph: Istvan Bajzat/AFP/Getty Images

For the times they are a-changing . . . No doubt they are, and few artists know more about flux than Bob Dylan, this year’s surprise choice of Nobel L(...)

Lance Armstrong will appear at the RDS in October. Photograph: Elizabeth Kreutz/Reuters/Lance Armstrong Foundation/

I know someone heading to Desert Trip next weekend, in Indio, California, a new three-day music festival which features a grand total of six artists: (...)

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves as he steps out of his plane for a rally  in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has upset theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and the co-creators of the stage musical Les Misérables after playing one of their songs(...)

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in London, 1965. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The 1960s doyenne of protest music, Joan Baez, once said songwriters could choose one of two options for saying something, anything, of importance in(...)