is the consummate musician's musician. A much-respected session player,
has added his melodic string playing to albums by a lengthy list of artists, including
, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. From 1971 until 1981,
's recordings and concert performances.
(1967 -- 1970) and El Rayo X (1981 -- 1990).
A native of Southern California, Lindley
began playing banjo as a teenager and soon added the fiddle. By his late teens, he had acquired a reputation as California's best young instrumentalist, winning the Topanga Canyon banjo and fiddle competition five times.
After playing with a series of traditional folk and bluegrass bands, including the Smog City Trestle Hangers, the Mad Mountain Ramblers, and the Dry City Scat Band
joined a rock band, the Rodents. When the group disbanded, he formed his own group, Kaleidoscope
, that blended traditional music with rock influences.
Accepting an invitation to join Jackson Browne
's band in 1971, Lindley
remained with the singer/songwriter's group for a decade. When not touring or recording with Browne
, he continued to explore a variety of projects. In 1979, he began working with Ry Cooder
, contributing heavily to his albums Bop Till You Drop
and the soundtrack to the film The Long Riders. The collaboration continues and in the early '90s, Lindley
toured as a duo. Lindley
found time to work on his music, as well. Shortly after releasing a solo album, El Rayo-X, he formed a band of the same name with Bernie Larsen
(guitar), Jorge Calderon
(bass), Ian Wallace
(drums), and Ras "Baboo" Pierre (percussion).
In 1990, Lindley
began performing in a duo that he shared with Jordan-born percussionist Hani Naser
. The two musicians continued to tour and record together until 1995. Lindley
has collaborated with avant-garde guitarist and ethnomusicologist Henry Kaiser
on several albums based on their field recordings. A two-week field recording expedition to Madagascar in 1991 yielded six albums of Malagasy music, including the award-winning, two-volume set A World Out of Time. A trip to Norway in 1994 inspired two CDs, Sweet Sunny North, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.