David Lindley was a key player in the careers of Jackson Brown and Warren Zevon and has worked with artists as varied as Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton. He has mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar magazine referred to Lindley, not as a multi-instrumentalist, but instead as a "maxi-instrumentalist." The majority of the instruments that Lindley plays are string instruments. They include (but are not limited to) the acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, baÄŸlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüÅŸ, oud, weissenborn, and zither. Lindley has performed as a member of the band Kaleidoscope (late 60s) served as bandleader of his own band El Rayo-X, and has been hired to serve in that capacity for other artists on tour. In addition, he scores music to film and has worked extensively in that capacity.