DAVID LINDLEY & WALLY INGRAM
"Live in Europe!"
If there were a League of Eccentric Guitarists, David Lindley would be a high-ranking member, perhaps seated somewhere between fellow traveler Henry Kaiser and pedal steel upstart Robert Randolph.
Though still best known in pop circles for his long tenure with Jackson Browne, Lindley has carved out his own peculiar -- and peculiarly entertaining -- niche. Not only is he a terrific picker of sundry string things, including Hawaiian lap guitars and the lute-related Turkish saz, he became a champion of offbeat world beat long before the genre acquired a label.
Recorded in Germany and Switzerland, "Live in Europe!" offers a concert overview of Lindley's "Twango Bango" studio collaborations with percussionist Wally Ingram. Suffice to say that there's plenty of twang and bang for your buck here, what with Lindley frequently demonstrating his banjo-bred virtuosity on a variety of instruments -- "I'm paying my thumb extra for working harder," he quips in his liner notes -- and Ingram generating waves of clangorous commotion on a colorfully modified drum kit.
The duo's instrumental interplay is often chummy and witty at the same time, and it's hard to fault a song list that includes both familiar and obscure tunes that were written by (or are reminiscent of) Professor Longhair, Clarence Garlow, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lee Hooker and Bob Dylan. Even so, Lindley's self-penned amusements -- the road warrior's lament "Catfood Sandwiches" and the cautionary tale "When a Guy Gets Boobs" -- have a way of standing out.
-- Mike Joyce
Appearing Friday at Jammin' Java. * To hear a free Sound Bite from David Lindley and Wally Ingram, call Post-Haste at 301-313-2200 and press 8123. (Prince William residents, call 703-690-4110.)