Listen to Dave Alvin on "Home Again," from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
RollingStone.com premiered "Home Again," the first track off the upcoming Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, where Dave joins Sheryl Crow, Phil Alvin and Taj Mahal.
June 4th will see the release of the long-in-the-works Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the Southern gothic musical borne out of an unlikely collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King. King wrote the play after Mellencamp told him about two brothers who had gotten into a fight over a girl at a cabin on the musician's property; one brother was killed accidentally in the scuffle, and the surviving one and the girl died in a car crash soon after.
The roots and blues-heavy soundtrack was assembled with the help of T Bone Burnett and features array of artists like Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and Neko Case. Now you can take an exclusive first listen to "Home Again," a sparse acoustic number tinged with simple percussion and deep, chilling harmonies from Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin and Taj Mahal.
Dave Alvin’s version of the Darrell Scott song “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” was featured in the closing moments on the 4th season's finale of the FX hit TV show Justified, (air date 4/2) marking the fourth time Dave and his music have been featured on this show. The song is now available on iTunes and at the Yep Roc Store.
Dave’s music has been featured several times on Justified and its official soundtrack, including original tracks “Harlan County Line” and “Beautiful City ‘Cross the River,” and he appeared on the show as himself. Justified music supervisor, Greg Sill, has said that Dave’s voice “was that of a voice that would be playing in [main character] Raylan’s head.”
“Harlan County Line” and “Beautiful City ‘Cross the River” are both included on the Eleven Eleven expanded edition, available now at the Yep Roc Store and on Amazon.
Listen to Dave talk about the song and its appearance on Justified
Listen to the song
JAN 8 2013 - JUSTIFIED SOUNDTRACK ALBUM RELEASED FEATURING MUSIC BY DAVE ALVIN!
We are very pleased to announce that the FX show JUSTIFIED will present the season premier Jan 8, 2013. At the same time, the first JUSTIFIED SOUNDTRACK album will be released featuring "Harlan County Line" and "Beautiful City 'Cross the River"!
Comedian/social commentator/satirist Marc Maron interviewed me a few months back for his very popular podcast WTF and it is now available to be downloaded. We discussed childhood, my folks, my influences, old blues musicians, the 80s LA music scene and various poets, troublemakers and visionaries I known, etc. He even talked me into singing an vintage song of mine called Help You Dream and, like a polite guest, I let him play lead guitar. He wasn't bad at it either. - Dave Alvin
"Starting in May 2011, my great band, The Guilty Ones and I hit the highways blasting and rocking our blues in every bar, theatre and joint that we could get into across America. Some of 'em we even hit twice! As you might guess, I love playing with this band and I think it shows in the live performance that was recorded last summer (2011) at The Ark in Ann Arbor. We were in Cincinnati the night before we taped this show, and we were in Chicago the night after, so this is a document of one night (mistakes, sweat and all) traveling down the endless interstate. I'm happy to be able to release this to you on DVD in a new swanky package of Eleven Eleven (expanded edition), complete with three previously unreleased songs from that album's sessions. I hope you enjoy the music and I look forward to seeing you soon somewhere down the road."
- Dave Alvin
Along with Dave, we too at the Yep Roc Store are happy to announce the release of Eleven Eleven Expanded Edition. "But what could be better than Eleven Eleven?" you may ask. Well, try on these boots.
*A unique slip-case hardcover box containing all three CDs and the DVD
*The original Eleven Eleven album on digipak CD
*A second CD featuring 9 songs recorded live on the official Eleven Eleven US Tour at the Ark in Ann Arbor, MI on July 2, 2011 including Dave's classic songs "Fourth of July," "Out Of Control" (see full tracklisting HERE)
*A bonus CD including 3 unreleased bonus tracks from the original Eleven Eleven recording session, including "Never Trust A Woman," "Signal Hill," and "Beautiful City 'Cross the River" featured in FX's hit television show "Justified".
*A DVD [NTSC] of live performance footage featuring Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones live at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI including a live performance of "Abilene" (see full tracklisting HERE)
Every pre-order of the Eleven Eleven Expanded Edition will include instant digital download of the bonus song "Beautiful City 'Cross the River" and the full Eleven Eleven digital album instantly in your Stash to start enjoying right away!
Click the player below to watch the live performance of "Johnny Ace Is Dead" taken from the Eleven Eleven Expanded Edtion DVD. The performance was filmed at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI during last year's Eleven Eleven tour.
Alvin's song "Beautiful City 'Cross the River" will be featured on FX's critically-acclaimed series Justified on Tuesday February 21 at 10:00 PM EST. The song, which was recorded in late January, was written specifically for the scene, highlighting a Tex Mex feel.
This is the third time Alvin's music has been featured on Justified; his song "Harlan County Line," which was also written and recorded for the program, premiered last season and "Every Night About This Time" was featured on this season's premiere.
You can get an instant download of "Beautiful City 'Cross the River" now when you pre-order the Eleven Eleven Expanded Edition.
"Dave Alvin's music speaks to our show, both melodically and lyrically. We were fortunate enough to have him perform on the show last season, and it was a song that he felt spoke to our characters and the overall attitude of Justified," said Greg Sill, music supervisor for the show. "He was absolutely spot on. It is a rarity to find an artist who speaks the visceral 'language' of a character as well as Dave's music does with Raylan Givens. Graham Yost (creator/executive producer), Michael Dinner (director/executive producer) and myself decided that Dave's voice was that of a voice that would be playing in Raylan's head. Especially when you consider the breadth of our story lines this season. The poignancy is scary, because it's so real and kind of haunting, but amazingly good. We love you, Dave Alvin."