Dave Rawlings is a professional guitarist and harmony singer, who is best known as the long-time musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, who appears on eight of the nine tracks on A Friend Of A Friend and co-wrote five of them, including this tune.
The Dave Rawlings Machine started "accidentally," Rawlings told Billboard magazine, as a vehicle to semi-anonymously road test some new material. He added: "You start out singing other people's songs 'cause you love them, and at some point you start to feel like you'd like to sing some of your own. I think that happens to most people. It's just happening to me much later."
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.