Dave and Phil Alvin, who founded the Blasters, get to play Big Bill Broonzy's guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music
By Bill Hageman, Tribune reporter 10:44 a.m. CDT, April 16, 2014
Phil and Dave Alvin, who founded the influential group the Blasters in the late '70s and who have been an integral part of the American music scene ever since, made a special stop when they passed through Chicago earlier this week.
The Brothers Alvin had just concluded a leg of a Roots on the Rails trip, in which musicians and fans cross the country by train (rootsontherails.com). They arrived at Chicago's Union Station Monday afternoon, then performed at FitzGerald's in Berwyn that evening along with trainmates Jon Langford, John Doe, Rick Shea, David Olney and Christy McWilson.
On Tuesday, Dave Alvin had a train to catch -- another leg of the trip that would take him and a group of fans to Glacier Park, Mont.; Portland, Ore.; and eventually Los Angeles -- and Phil was going to grab a plane home to California.
But first, they slipped off to the Old Town School of Folk Music to get a look at a piece of history.
It was a 1946-era guitar that belonged to the late Big Bill Broonzy, the folk and blues legend who lived in Chicago and who was a major musical influence on the Alvins. (In fact, the brothers' first studio collaboration in 30 years, "Common Ground," is an album of 12 Broonzy songs; it comes out in June and can be ordered at davealvin.net/home).
After Broonzy's 1958 death, the guitar was donated to the Old Town School. And Tuesday, it was brought out for the brothers to enjoy.
"History aside, it's an amazing guitar," Dave Alvin said, relaxing in a chair in the building's lower level, alternately picking out tunes, studying the instrument and asking questions about Broonzy's Chicago days.
He passed it to Phil, who played and sang a little.
"Gee, I wish I could have played this when I could play," he said with a laugh.
And back and forth it went for almost 45 minutes, one brother playing, then handing the guitar off to the other. As he played, Dave would frequently stop, mutter "Wow," then resume. At one point Phil handed it back to Dave and he repeated. "Wow."
"I know," Dave said. "Wow's the word." As their visit was winding down, Phil passed the guitar back to his little brother one last time. "I am not worthy," he said.
Dave then handed the guitar back to Tim Joyce, an instructor at the school.
"It's like holding Big Joe Turner's voice," he said. "Thank you. Thank you, thank you."
For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard exclusively premieres the track "All By Myself" (listen below).
The brothers from Downey, Calif., will debut their act at SXSW on March 13 and tour the U.S. and Europe throughout 2014; their hometown gig in L.A. will be June 14 at the Troubadour.“The whole idea is to showcase the breadth of his songwriting,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Alvin. “On the couple of songs I sing, I took some liberties, but I am always playing Bill Broonzy chords.“His influence on a variety of players went from the uptown musicians to the country blues guys like Big Joe Williams. He was an influence on Muddy Waters, an influence on the folk musicians of the early 1960s and one of the first blues guys to go over to Europe where he was an influence on skiffle bands and guitarists like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.”In the 1920s, Broonzy worked as a fiddle player in bands in Chicago until he made his first recording in 1927 and became one of the city’ most prominent blues stylists. He filled in for Robert Johnson at the first "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. He was one of the first musicians to use electric instruments in the very early 1940s. While he made more than 200 recordings between 1927 and 1942, his best-known work is the blues standard “Key to the Highway.” Broonzy died in 1958.Prior to forming the Blasters in 1979, singer Phil Alvin, 60, had a blues band that covered a good number of Broonzy songs. “I felt I had a connection with him,” he says, mentioning a guest appearance once with former Broonzy associate Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson at a show that “solidified that connection.”“He influenced how I became a singer and the kind of singer I became,” he says. “These are songs I’ve been singing for so long. I don’t think I could have done the record without doing ‘Feel So Good’ or ‘Trucking Little Woman’ - those were the natural ones for me to choose. And I always loved ‘Tomorrow’.”The Alvins’ performances together since Dave’s departure from the Blasters in 1986 have been mostly limited to a reunion tour in 2003 and tracks on the John Mellencamp-Stephen King musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” and Dave’s last album, “Eleven Eleven.” Famous for not getting always along, they joked that doing Broonzy songs would eliminate the arguing.The project began as an EP that Yep Roc executives encouraged the Alvins to turn into a full album. Former Blaster Gene Taylor backs the brothers on piano with bass duties split between Bob Glaub and Brad Fordham and drummers Don Heffington and Lisa Pankratz.As they fleshed out the material, both Alvins wanted to cover every element of Broonzy's career – the guitar skills he showcased in the late 1920s and early ‘30s, his songwriting in the late ‘30s and 1940s and his versatility in the 1950s. “It’s hard to pick a peak time for him,” Phil Alvin says.
“He was denigrated because he had such a long career and he wasn’t afraid of the purists,” Dave Alvin says. “He didn’t like to be pigeon-holed. In the early ‘50s he’s playing acoustic folk shows to progressive white crowds, then playing uptown with an electric band and then heading to Europe where he’ll play (traditional folk songs) like ‘John Henry.’ It’s a lot of different styles and a lot of great songs to play around with.”
DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN RECORD FIRST ALBUM TOGETHER IN 30 YEARS: ‘COMMON GROUND: DAVE ALVIN + PHIL ALVIN PLAY AND SING THE SONGS OF BIG BILL BROONZY’ OUT JUNE 3 ON YEP ROC
“We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave Alvin when explaining why he and brother Phil, who haven’t made an album together in almost 30 years, were inspired to record ‘Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy’ set for June 3 release on Yep Roc. The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend.
‘Common Ground’ includes 12 songs that capture a 30-year cross section of Broonzy’s canon, performed by the Alvins’ in their signature style of rollicking roots and stomping country blues. Billboard has the premiere of album track “All By Myself” and an exclusive Q&A here
“He looked so slick,” says Phil about the cover of his first Broonzy album, which he purchased in a department store at age 12. Dave agrees, “I remember the day Phil brought that record home. It’s a strong childhood memory – like stealing a Playboy for the first time.”
The Alvins’ interpretations of Big Bill range from faithful to loose and Dave and Phil both play guitar and sing. They are joined on some tracks by Dave's band members Lisa Pankratz (drums) and Brad Fordham (bass) as well as The Blasters’ pianist Gene Taylor. Other tracks feature noted session musicians Bob Glaub (bass) and Don Heffington (drums). All tracks were recorded at Winslow Court Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Though this is their first album together in decades, the Alvin brothers collaborated last year on ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’ the critically acclaimed “southern gothic supernatural musical” by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. They also sang a duet on “What’s Up With Your Brother” for Dave’s last Yep Roc release ‘Eleven/Eleven.’
Dave and Phil will tour extensively in 2014, including dates with the popular Roots on Rails series in April. A Record Store Day exclusive release of four songs from ‘Common Ground’ cut at 45RPM on two 10-inch records packaged as a 78-style album book will also be available via Yep Roc on April 19.
1. All By Myself
2. I Feel So Good
3. How You Want It Done
4. Southern Flood Blues
5. Big Bill Blues
6. Key To The Highway
8. Just A Dream
9. You’ve Changed
10. Stuff They Call Money
11. Trucking Little Woman
12. Saturday Night Rub
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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County musical, featuring Dave Alvin, available now
An all-star recording of the southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King (libretto), John Mellencamp (music & lyrics) and T Bone Burnett (musical direction). This extraordinary collaboration features original music and key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Dave Alvin and his brother Phil, Elvis Costello, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. Check out the tracklisting below, with the five songs featuring Dave in bold.
The musical’s superb blues ‘n roots songs, performed by a stellar collection of guest artists, drives this haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, 13 years in the making.
This special deluxe 2-disc edition also contains a bonus DVD featuring the short film "A Look Behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" as well as the in-studio video recording of the song "Truth" with John Mellencamp.
1. That’s Me - Elvis Costello
2. That’s Who I Am - Neko Case
3. So Goddamn Smart - Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
4. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me - Elvis Costello
5. Brotherly Love - Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
6. How Many Days - Kris Kristofferson
7. You Are Blind - Ryan Bingham
8. Home Again - Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
9. You Don’t Know Me – Rosanne Cash
10. My Name Is Joe - Clyde Mulroney
11. Tear This Cabin Down - Taj Mahal
12. And Your Days Are Gone - Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
13. Jukin’ – Sheryl Crow
14. What Kind Of Man Am I - Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
15. So Goddamn Good - Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
16. Away From This World – Sheryl Crow
17. Truth – John Mellencamp
JUNE 5, 2013 - An excerpt from today's LA Times article - What happens when John Mellencamp is crossed with Stephen King:
The recording's cast also includes Elvis Costello — gleefully inhabiting his role as the Beelzebub-like provocateur known only as "The Shape" — Neko Case, Rosanne Cash and, as the titular ghost brothers, Dave and Phil Alvin, co-founders of the L.A. roots-rock group the Blasters.
"That was my idea!" said King, who also takes to the stage now and then to play charity events with Dave Barry and several other writers in the ad hoc band the Rock Bottom Remainders. "I'm a huge fan — of both of them. I've still got all my old Blasters records, and I made a 60-mile trek to see Phil play in Florida last year. I'd still like to see one of Dave's shows."
“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is a collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King that features an all-star cast of singers on the soundtrack album, including Dave Alvin. The musical is now available to stream via The Wall Street Journal. Dave Alvin is featured on five tracks as one of the Ghost Brothers with brother Phil Alvin and Sheryl Crow including "So Goddam Smart" and "And Your Days Are Gone" Click on the song title to listen here.
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 HERE 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.
Dave Alvin's Yep Roc debut, Ashgrove is now available on vinyl. With the amps on high, Dave produced one of his career's best and reminded fans that he could not be neatly placed into any particular genre. Ashgrove mixes the acoustic folk styling of his albums King of California and the Grammy Award winning Public Domain along with the raucous electric energy of his groundbreaking work with The Blasters, while always keeping his poignant songwriting at the forefront. This exclusive vinyl release also includes a uniquely bluesy version of Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" that Dave recorded during the Ashgrove sessions. Listen to songs from Ashgrove hereelow.
JANUARY 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"!
Please show your support by adding your comments on the Itunes page and on the Justified Facebook page. Hopefully we will see more of Dave's music in this seasons episodes! See Dave's Facebook page
Dave was thrilled and proud to be asked to play some lead guitar on two great new releases: Australian aboriginal protest/country singer Roger Knox’s new CD, Stranger In My Land (produced by Waco Brother Jon Langford) on Bloodshot Records and an album by California rocking roots/norteno/blues band Tremoloco’s album, Salsipuedes on Casa Julia Records. See Dave as Guest Guitarist for more info.
"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.
FEBRUARY 20, 2012
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."
JUNE 03, 2011
DAVE ALVIN FEATURED IN LA, LOS ANGELES TIMES MAGAZINE
JUNE “MUSIC ISSUE” ON STANDS THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
IN-DEPTH PROFILE CHRONICLES THE ICONIC SONGWRITER
AND HIS POETIC MUSICAL TAKE ON THE GOLDEN STATE
NEW ALBUM “ELEVEN ELEVEN” OUT JUNE 21st ON YEP ROC RECORDS
30+ DATE U.S. SUMMER TOUR KICKS OFF JUNE 11th
Los Angeles, CA – June 3, 2011 – “The King of California” Dave Alvin is featured in the June 2011 “Music Issue” of LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine on stands this Sunday, June 5th, inside the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
Penned by writer Mark Barabak aboard the Coast Starlight “Roots on the Rails” steamliner train earlier this spring, Barabak provides an insightful and intimate portrait of one of the Golden State’s most revered songwriters, set along the backdrop of the California coast. Preview the in-depth profile titled “Troubadour of Troubled Times” online now:
Flip through the LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine “50 Best L.A. Bands” photo feature to debate “the best groups ever to come out of the City of Angels” and cast your vote for who should be #1:http://www.latimesmagazine.com/2011/06/50-best-la-bands.html (see #39 The Blasters, also making the list at #13 X)
Dave Alvin and Yep Roc Records recently teamed up with Facebook to offer fans an exclusive, first-listen of his new studio album “Eleven Eleven” for a limited time on the official Dave Alvin Facebook page. Listen to the entire record and pre-order the album on iTunes before it hits stores on June 21st. Beginning June 11th, Alvin and his band “The Guilty Ones,” will take to the road on a 30+ date coast-to-coast U.S. summer tour in support of the album. For a complete tour schedule, please visit Dave Alvin’s tour page.
BLASTERS REUNION AND RECEIVES PARDON IN CALIFORNIA
NEW STUDIO ALBUM "ELEVEN ELEVEN"
TO BE RELEASED JUNE 21 ON YEP ROC RECORDS
Los Angeles, CA - April 13, 2011
The "King of California" Dave Alvin and his band "The Guilty Ones" have announced their U.S. summer tour in support of the new studio album "Eleven Eleven" to be released by Yep Roc Records on June 21. The tour, officially kicking off June 11th, will take Alvin and his band to theatres, clubs and venues coast-to-coast with stops at several music festivals throughout June, July, August and September, additional dates will be announced. Recently debuting the new track "Harlan County Line" on an episode of FX's critically-acclaimed show Justified, view a video of the band performing the song live at the SXSW music festival on Music Fog, the Americana music show.
On May 22, Alvin will reunite with The Original Blasters for one-night-only, performing at the Doheny Blues Festival. Formed in 1979 in Downey, California, alongside brother Phil Alvin, The Blasters pioneered a new musical movement blending elements of the blues, rockabilly, punk and R&B creating their self-described "American Music." Notorious for their legendary, energetic live shows, in 1982 the group was officially banned from performing in the city of Davis, California following a particularly raucous concert. Recently, on April 5th, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza presented Alvin with a formal proclamation pardoning the band and inviting them to once again play in the city. Read all about it at the Los Angeles Times music blog Pop & Hiss.
Alvin's new studio album "Eleven Eleven" has been described as his most driving, electric blues and rock oriented album since 2004's critically acclaimed Ashgrove. The set includes 11-tracks, featuring a host musicians Alvin had not recorded with since his days in The Blasters, the result is an album with songs rich in vivid stories, stretching from R&B royalty to labor history to Harlan County in Kentucky, with Dave's guitar work punctuating each tale, reinforcing moments of urgency, remorse and reflection.
A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. "My songs are just like California," says Alvin. "A big, messy melting pot."
Dave Alvin has been a member of two seminal bands, the Blasters and X, penned a rock anthem, "4th of July," traveled the world as an ambassador for the folk-blues-country amalgam known as roots music, and, over nearly three decades, crafted one of the great California songbooks.
But until early Wednesday, he suffered a more dubious distinction: banned in Davis.
In 1982, Alvin and the Blasters were performing at a small venue in the college town near the California capital when, out in the sardine-packed crowd, push literally came to shove. Next thing, a riot: police, helicopters and, in the days that followed, a civic ban on all things Blaster. (Which apparently extended to its members, emeritus).
"We were innocent," Alvin protested, recalling that fated night. "We were just doing our job."
Late Tuesday, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza -- a serious Alvin afficionado -- set out to rectify the long-ago injustice. Shortly before midnight, just outside Berkeley, he boarded a Portland, Ore.-bound train and presented Alvin a formal proclamation -- calligraphy, gold seal, much "whereas" -- absolving him of any wrongdoing and welcoming (no, practically begging) him to play again in Davis.
Twenty or so beery passengers, joining Alvin on his Kings of California Roots on the Rails tour, attended the ceremony and offered all the solemnity they could muster. (A few even offered to riot, for old-time sake.)
Krovoza rode along as far as Davis, and used the 40 minutes to coax Alvin into a discussion of several of the mayor's favorite songs. ("Abilene" was about a girl, it turns out, not the Texas city.)
A bemused Alvin declined the chance to give a speech, though he thanked the mayor several times and took time to thumb through the lengthy resolution. Despite the late hour, he whipped out his cellphone and rang his brother and Blasters cofounder, Phil, suggesting he'd never guess what just happened.
"He says, 'Oh, wow, that's great,' " a grinning Alvin related to Krovoza, who smiled in turn. "Scot free!"
-- Mark Z. Barabak, aboard the Coast Starlight
MARCH 28, 2011
DAVE ALVIN TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "ELEVEN ELEVEN" JUNE 21 ON YEP ROC RECORDS
U.S. SUMMER TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Los Angeles, CA - March 28, 2011 - Yep Roc Records has announced the upcoming release of Dave Alvin's new studio album titled Eleven Eleven on June 21st. Eleven Eleven, described as the "King of California's" most driving, electric blues and rock oriented album since 2004's critically acclaimed Ashgrove, includes 11-tracks, for the first time in his career, written and recorded on the road and during breaks while on tour. The album features a host of musicians Alvin had not recorded with since his days in The Blasters, and for the first time ever, sings on record with his brother Phil, the lead singer of The Blasters.
A full U.S. summer tour in support is to be announced. While the backing cast varies with different musicians at sessions separated by weeks of time, the one constant is Alvin's assured guitar-playing. Whether it's finger-picking on an acoustic against an accordion on "No Worries Mija" or blazing riffs on electric over a Bo Diddley beat on "Run Conejo Run," Eleven Elevencasts a consistent gritty, bluesy feel from start to finish. The result is an album with songs rich in vivid stories, taking listeners on a bounty hunt in "Murrietta's Head," a tawdry scene of seduction in "Dirty Nightgown" and a true crime recollection in "Johnny Ace is Dead." Dave's guitar work punctuates each tale, reinforcing moments of urgency, remorse and reflection.
"The songs on Eleven Eleven are all about life, love, death, loss, money, justice, labor, faith, doubt, family and friendship. The usual stuff," said Alvin. "Mortality has been an issue on my mind ever since Ashgrove. Since finishing that album, I lost some great friends - Chris Gaffney, Amy Farris and Buddy Blue of the Beat Farmers. That weighed on me."
The album reunites Dave with pianist Gene Taylor, whose barrelhouse blues sound has not been heard on an Alvin project since the final Blasters album, 1985's "Hard Line," and features three duets: brother Phil Alvin and Dave on the simmering blues "What's Up With Your Brother"; Dave and Christy McWilson from the Guilty Women on the gentle country number "Manzanita" and the whimsical song, "Two Lucky Bums," the final recording of Dave and his best friend, the late Chris Gaffney. The rest of the material, rich in stories that stretch from R&B royalty to labor history to Harlan County in Kentucky, was written over the course of seven months.
Recently, Alvin released the first single from the new album set, "Harlan County Line." The song, now available on iTunes, was written and recorded specifically for the FX television seriesJustified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. Alvin and his band appeared in an episode earlier this season (episode 3 titled "The I of the Storm"), performing during a barroom scene. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. "My songs are just like California," says Alvin. "A big, messy melting pot."
A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, his 30 years of recordings and live performances move through loud, aggressive rock and roll to contemplative acoustic storytelling. His songs have been recorded by a who's who of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X; while they have also been featured in many movies and television shows including The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Justified, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.
New Album + Live at SxSW + King and Queens of California Train
The "King of California" Dave Alvin and his band have announced two new upcoming events this spring at SXSW in Austin, TX and aboard the "King and Queens of California Train." As previously announced, Dave Alvin will release his new studio album this summer on Yep Roc Records and currently has a new track from that set, "Harlan County Line," on sale at iTunes; a full summer U.S. tour in support to be announced.
On Thursday, March 17th Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones will perform in Austin, Texas as part of the annual Bug Music SXSW showcase alongside Bobby Long, John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours, The Features and Yelawolf. Alvin will debut a slate of new songs from his forthcoming new full-length album, along side a set of favorites.
Sunday, April 3rd through Friday, April 8, the Golden State's master songwriter will host the"King & Queens of California Train," an unforgettable adventure on board vintage streamline railroad cars from Los Angeles to Portland and back. Travel along with the artists as the streamliner hugs the ocean for over 100 miles, over brawny hills, through wide, flat fields and high, lonely plains; past towering Mount Shasta and over the stunning Cascade Range on one of the most scenically spectacular rail routes on earth! Joining him will be fellow Californian Peter Case, legendary acoustic blues guitarist Chris Smither, "Guilty Man" guitar-slinger Rick Shea and, for the return Bay Area-Los Angeles leg of the trip, "Guilty Women" and instrumentalists extraordinaire Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber. The trip is limited to 45 people total, with a few select tickets still available.
Recently, Dave Alvin and his band was featured and performed their new song "Harlan County Line"on FX's critically-acclaimed series Justified (episode 3 titled "The I of the Storm"). The "Harlan County Line" single is now available for purchase on iTunes and will be included on Dave Alvin's new studio album to be released this summer on Yep Roc Records. Alvin, appearing in the opening of the episode, wrote and recorded the new song "Harlan County Line" specifically for the show Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY.
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
DAVE ALVIN TO PERFORM NEW SONG “HARLAN COUNTY LINE”
ON FX TELEVISION SERIES JUSTIFIED WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
BAND CURRENTLY FINISHING NEW STUDIO ALBUM TO BE RELEASED THIS SUMMER ON YEP ROC RECORDS
U.S. TOUR DATES TO BE CONFIRMED
Los Angeles, CA – February 22, 2011 – The “King of California” Dave Alvin and his band will perform their new song “Harlan County Line” in the opening of the new episode of FX’s critically-acclaimed series Justified on Wednesday, February 23rd at 10:00pm EST/PST (episode 3 titled “The I of the Storm”). The “Harlan County Line” single is now available for purchase on iTunes and will be included on Dave Alvin’s new studio album to be released this summer on Yep Roc Records. Click here to preview the entire track online.
Alvin, appearing in the opening of the episode, wrote and recorded the new song “Harlan County Line” specifically for the show Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. In turn, the producers wrote Alvin and the band into the script.
"I have been listening to Dave Alvin since his days with The Blasters," said Justified Executive Producer/Writer Graham Yost. "Our star, Tim Olyphant, is also a big fan, as are executive producers Sarah Timberman and Michael Dinner. Greg Sill, our music supervisor, and I discussed ways of working Dave and his music into the show. Dave wrote 'Harlan County Line' for fun, sent it along and we just flipped for it. We decided to create a scene in a roadhouse where we could have him play it. In editing we saw that it worked so well we had the song continue on into the next scene. Having Dave Alvin on our show has been one of the highlights of the season."
A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are "just like California. A big, messy melting pot."
Dave Alvin's 30 years of recordings and live performances move through the loud, aggressive rock and roll of The Blasters to the contemplative acoustic storytelling of his solo albums, KING OF CALIFORNIA, BLACKJACK DAVID, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning album, PUBLIC DOMAIN, to the electric blues of ASHGROVE. Dave Alvin's songs have been recorded by a who's who of contemporary roots
artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X. His songs have also been featured in many movies and television shows including Justified, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.
The FX channel’s crime-drama series “Justified,” which just launched its second season and is airing Wednesday nights, is set in the coal-mining country of southeastern Kentucky. That gives it something of a “Coal Miner’s Godfather” vibe with its storyline of a deputy U.S. marshal who patrols the back roads of Appalachia on the lookout for dope dealers, thieves and murderers.
The rural setting makes it an ideal forum for an Americana-heavy soundtrack, but even roots-music fans might shake their heads in disbelief during the Feb. 23 episode “Harlan County Line,” when none other than singer-songwriter Dave Alvin makes a guest appearance.
Not only does Alvin appear on-camera -- as a musician in an out-of-the-way roadhouse where star Timothy Olyphant, as Dep. Raylan Givens, is having a clandestine meeting -- but he also sings an original song he wrote for the episode.
When Givens is joined at the bar by a guest who asks what he’s doing, he responds, “I’m waiting for Dave Alvin to go on.” Sure enough, there’s Alvin tuning up and then launching into the song “Harlan County Line,” backed by guitarist Rick Shea and other members of his real-life band. But even miracles have to end sometime, and after a few seconds of the song, the action shifts away from the bar and the episode moves on.
It turns out that the show’s creators are longtime Alvin fans themselves, and decided during the second season to write him into the show. We’re told at Pop & Hiss that his song will surface in its entirety on a forthcoming “Justified” soundtrack album. It’s also scheduled to be on a new Alvin solo album that's due in June.
Join us for an unforgettable adventure on board vintage streamline railroad cars from Los Angeles to Portland and return, April 3-8, 2011. Be one of just 45 participants on this journey the length of California and into Oregon... our tracks hugging the ocean for over 100 miles, over brawny hills, through wide, flat fields and high, lonely plains; past towering Mount Shasta and over the stunning Cascade Range on one of the most scenically spectacular rail routes on earth!
Your host is the Golden State’s master songwriter Dave Alvin , a towering figure in American music whose 1994 album gives this trip its name. Joining him is fellow Californian Peter Case , legendary acoustic blues guitarist Chris Smither, “Guilty Man” guitar-slinger Rick Shea and, for the return Bay Area-Los Angeles leg of the trip, “Guilty Women” and instrumentalists extraordinaire Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber.
There will be a starting and end night at the excellent Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles, a kickoff show featuring Dave, Chris and Peter, then once on board, plenty of music, laughter and camaraderie. Naturalist Elsabe Kloppers will be with us to point out the outstanding natural features of our route. Freshly-prepared meals in our own dome car with glass-enclosed 360 degree views and lovingly restored sleeping cars from the golden age of streamliners make for an unforgettable travel experience. Live on-board concerts and informal jamming in the Performance Car will go all trip long. Get ready for a non-stop musical adventure with Chris, Peter, Nina, Laurie, Rick and Dave... the Kings (and Queens) of California!
"We had the time of our lives... We met many wonderful people with whom we hope to keep in touch... Fun, fun, fun - it was the BEST!" - trip participants
"If you would like to leave this planet for a wee journey, we suggest you contact Roots on the Rails and get ready for the trip of a lifetime... The best experience we have ever had. We can hardly wait for the next one!" - trip participants
Price: $2,879.00 per person for semi-private berth accommodations (Oakland-Portland return; common space LA-Oakland return). $3,138.00 per person for one or two person private rooms Oakland-Portland return.
$3,278.00 per person for private, enclosed room, sleeping car space (one or two person rooms) LA-Portland and return, includes all train activities, meal and beverage service, beer/wine enroute, shower in each car, two nights shared hotel room in Los Angeles (April 3 and 7. Single supplement for private hotel rooms in LA, $75/night additional), concerts in Los Angeles and Portland. Gratuities and transfers not included.
$300 per person non-refundable deposit to hold space. Payment plans happily accommodated. Payments outside of deposit are refundable until 60 days prior to departure. Reservations are transferrable. Liability release signature required.
Sign up today, by e-mailing Roots on the Rails at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 866-484-3669 (toll free in the US & Canada) or 802-258-1397.
Sunday, 3 April - Hotel check-in in afternoon. Shuttle bus to/from evening concert at McCabe’s.
Monday, 4 April - We depart from the mission-style/art-deco masterpiece Los Angeles Union Station. Lunch is served on board, we’ll have a music program and our first Open Mic, as our train runs for over 100 miles hugging the rugged California Coast. After dinner and shows from Peter Case and Dave Alvin, we add our Oakland sleeper (we are limited to just four cars from LA to Oakland; special rates apply for Oakland sleeper passengers).
Tuesday, 5 April - During the night we head east to Sacramento, then turn north through Chico and Dunsmuir, past snow-covered Mt. Shasta, and then over the Cascade Mountains, one of the most breathtaking crossings of a mountain range in the US, passing through over 20 tunnels! Breakfast and lunch on board, nature program, guitar workshop with Chris and Rick, Open Mic in Performance Car. Arrive Portland, “the City of Roses,” in afternoon. Train serves as our hotel for the night. Dinner on own, and an evening concert in town.
Wednesday, 6 April - Continental breakfast is available on board, with morning and early afternoon free to explore this fascinating city. In the afternoon, as the return trip begins, we’ll have a solo concert by Rick Shea, then dinner and an evening show from Chris Smither in the Performance Car.
Thursday, 7 April - During the night we retrace our route, with morning arrival in the Bay Area. Chris Smither departs the train here, and we add Nina Gerber and Laurie Lewis. The return journey to LA unfolds onboard with breakfast, concerts by Nina and Laurie, lunch, Open Mic, a “Kings of California” concert finale and dinner, with late-evening arrival in Los Angeles. A night at the Kyoto Grand is again provided.
Friday, 8 April - hotel checkout and return home.
RECORDING NEWS: DAVE AND PHIL ALVIN RECORD DUET
Dave Alvin and his brother Phil have recorded a vocal duet for Dave's next
CD. The song, called "What's Up With Your Brother?," marks the fist time the
Alvin Brothers have sang together on an Dave original song. Dave is
recording a new CD of all original songs during breaks in his hectic touring
schedule and tentatively plans to release the CD in the spring of next year.
There's more big recording news involving Dave and Phil that we're not at
liberty to announce yet but we'll let you know as soon as we can.
Besides working on his next CD, Dave has been busy recently in the studio
with projects by other artists. Just released are acclaimed songwriter Stan
Ridgway's latest, Neon Mirage, (that features 2 songs produced by Dave), and
a CD from the unique and soulful songwriter Stanley Wycoff, Swim Into The
Whirlpool, (featuring Dave on guitars as well as performances by the late
Chris Gaffney). Also released is WE ARE ONLY RIDERS: THE JEFFREY LEE PIERCE
SESSIONS PROJECT, a tribute CD to the legendary founder of the
post-punk-blues-garage band, The Gun Club. Dave plays lead guitar on an
X-rated track (Walking Down The Street Doin' My Thing which Dave originally
recorded with Jeffrey in the 80s) by poetess Lydia Lunch.
Dave has been in the studio in the past months playing guitars on fellow
Knitter Exene Cervenka's new solo CD. Dave was thrilled to be part of these
session which also feature the renown jazz bassist Christian McBride (Wynton
Marsalis, Herbie Hancock) and the killer drummer Brady Blade (Emmy Lou
Harris, Dave Matthews). Speaking of great musicians, Dave also played guitar
on an all Everly Brothers tribute CD recorded by Cindy Wasserman and Frank
Drennan (from LA band Dead Rock West) with an all-star band that included
bassist Rob Wasserman (Bob Weir), drummer DJ Bonebrake (X) and guitarist
Elliot Easton (The Cars).
Dave also took part in a very different recording session, this one for his friend, Lou Beach. Besides being a renown visual artist (he’s done artwork for many magazines, newspapers and CDs including several of Dave’s), Lou is also a very interesting writer. Award winning actors Jeff Bridges and Ian McShane, along with Dave, can be heard at 420characters.com reading Lou’s intriguing short pieces of unique fiction.
DA ON TOUR:
Dave and The Guilty Women are heading out for a late summer and fall tour.
Check the ON TOUR schedule to see when they'll be performing near you.
Besides touring most of this year in various acoustic and line-ups, Dave
also reunited with his brother Phil and the rest of The Blasters for two
nights at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Illinois on July 3rd and 4th. Dave
explained his reason for doing these rare two shows: "Fitzgerald's is one of
my favorite clubs and The Blasters are obviously one of my favorite bands,
so it just sounded like fun. And it was. But I wouldn't make a big deal out
of it, just a chance to make a racket with all my brothers." making the two
even more special, legendary Chicago bluesman (and big Blasters influence)
Billy Boy Arnold also joined Dave and the guys on stage. The original 4 man
Blasters also performed an impromptu set at downtown LA's Redwood Bar.
Also in July, Dave reunited with many of The Guilty Men from various
incarnations of his "dude" band for a wild show at The Echoplex in Los
Angeles. Chris Miller and Rick Shea joined Dave on guitars along with
bassist Gregory Boaz, harmonica wizard Jack Rudy and drummer Steve Mugalian.
Dave said of this performance, "It was great to play with The Men again. The
only people missing were Joe Terry and Bobby Lloyd Hicks and, sadly, my
other brother Chris Gaffney."
A surprise guest at The Guilty Men reunion show was Dave brother Phil who sang 2 songs with Dave and the guys in the encore: Junior Parker's Hear Me Crying as well as a Spanish language version of Dave's classic Marie Marie.
For those of you who live on the California coast, look out for a December tour by Dave with The Gene Taylor Blues Band. This solid blues and boogie woogie outfit group features the powerhouse pianist Gene Taylor along with fellow Blasters John Bazz and Bill Bateman. These gigs are extremely rare so try to get out and catch them while you can.
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women is the featured artist on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage during the June 18-20 weekend. Mountain Stage will broadcast the group’s live concert featuring songs from the 2009 self-titled Yep Roc release. A complete list of stations that carry the program with the broadcast time can be found here: http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageaffiliates.aspx
For more information on NPR’s Mountain Stage and for continued access the following week after initial broadcast, please visit npr.org/mountainstage where the concert will be archived.
December 13, 2009 Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women named as No Depression's TOP 50 Albums of 2009! Read the article HERE>
December 6, 2009 Dave Alvin shares his down-to-earth blues and modern Americana in an
exclusive performance at Disney Hall on Dec 6th as a part of their West
Coast Left Coast series celebrating the unique spirit of California's
creative renegades. Also performing are Brian Wilson, The Living Sisters
and Harper Simon.
October 27, 2009 REMEMBERING AMY FARRIS
MEMORIAL SHOW IN LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 8, 2009
DAVE ALVIN, STAN RIDGWAY, PETER CASE & I SEE HAWKS ARE AMOUNG ARTISTS PERFORMING NOVEMBER 8 AT MCCABES (Santa Monica, CA) – With the sudden and tragic death of Austin native and revered musician Amy Farris, it is announced today that friends and fellow musicians will come together for a night of music and remembrance on November 8, 2009 at McCabes in Santa Monica, CA. Confirmed to perform are Dave Alvin, Stan Ridgway, Peter Case, I See Hawks and more to be announced.
Amy Farris, 40, was an accomplished musician, a beloved human of light and a giant heart with sparkling eyes, packed into a pint-sized frame. An Austin native, Amy moved to Los Angeles to expand her music career and talent for playing violin, viola, cello, mandolin and some of the sweetest vocal harmonies ever recorded. Among the artists Amy worked with through the years include Ray Price, Kelly Willis, Brian Wilson, Bruce Robinson, Charlie Robinson, Alejandro Escovedo, Stan Ridgway, Peter Case, Greg Dulli, I See Hawks and many others. Amy was seen and loved by millions having performed on Late Night with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, The Grand Old Opry and Austin City Limits. Most-recently, Amy recorded and was touring the United States as one of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Women.
Cover for the show is a suggested donation of $10, with all proceeds going to Amy’s charity of choice, Hungry For Music. Hungry For Music is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire underprivileged children by bringing positive musical and creative experiences into their lives through musical instrument donations, concerts and workshops. Visit www.hungryformusic.com for more information.
We encourage you to bring a favorite photo, item or note to post on the memorial bulletin board for viewing. Items left will be put into a scrapbook for Amy’s family.
AMY FARRIS (violin, viola and harmony vocals for Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women) passed away Saturday, Sept 26th after battling a long illness.
A native of Austin, Texas, Amy started playing violin at age ten. She is a vet of the Austin music scene, playing with artists such as Ray Price, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Amy moved to Los Angeles when Dave offered to produce her first solo CD Anyway, released by Yep Roc in 2004. Along with Dave Alvin and Kelly Willis, Miss Farris has also performed and/or recorded with Brian Wilson, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Stan Ridgway, Greg Dulli, Peter Case, and many others.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to send a donation in her honor to Hungry For Music, Inc, a nonprofit effort to provide musical instruments to underprivileged children with a hunger to play.
THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR CONTEST! The Meet and Greet contest for Philadelphia and NYC are now closed. All winners have been notified. There may be last minute cancellations so come down to the shows anyway and ask if the Meet and Greet has any openings. Maybe you'll get lucky!
YOU COULD WIN !!!!
Dave Alvin Meet & Greet in New York and Philadelphia July 10-11, 2009
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women are doing two highly anticipated concerts this weekend in Philadelphia at the World Cafe on 7/10 and in New York City at the Highline Ballroom on 7/11.
In honor of this special event, 'American Music: the Blasters Dave Alvin newsletter' will host 10 contest winners at each venue for a special after show meet and greet with Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women.
The first 10 contest entrants who have the correct answer to the following question will win the meet and greet opportunity. Note: you must purchase your own admission to the concert
Question: What song on Dave Alvin's new Guilty Women record has he recorded before with the Blasters?
Email your answer to email@example.com
Your email subject header should read "Dave Alvin Meet and Greet Philadelphia" or "Dave Alvin Meet and Greet NYC." There will be 10 winners for each show.
If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions. Contest closes 6 PM day of each show. Good luck
GET ONBOARD THE KACHINA EXPRESS
Join Dave, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock (The Flatlanders)
for an amazing southwestern adventure on the Kachina Express this September
26th-30th. The good people at Roots On The Rails have put together a unique
musical railroad vacation into the starkly beautiful lands of the Hopi and
Navajo with side trips to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and other stunning
natural wonders of Arizona and New Mexico. Go to www.flyingundertheradar.com/rails/kachinaexpress.htm for more
information and a complete description of the trip. If you missed Dave's
last musical train excursion into the Mexico's Copper Canyon (with Tom
Russell, Terry Allen, Laurie Lewis and Butch Hancock), here is your chance
for a one-of-a-kind experience with four of Americana's greatest songwriters
DOUG SAHM TRIBUTE CD RELEASED
Vanguard Records has released the long awaited Doug Sahm Tribute CD KEEP
YOUR SOUL. Besides Dave's rocking version of Doug's DYNAMITE WOMAN, the CD
features stirring performances of Sahm classics by Los Lobos, Alejandro
Escovedo, Terry Allen, Little Willie G with Ry Cooder, Flaco Jimenez, Jimmie
Vaughan, Charlie Sexton, Delbert McClinton, The Gourds, Greg Dulli, Joe King
Carrasco and Doug's son, Shawn Sahm. This passionate memorial to one of the
greatest and most influential musicians to come out of Texas should not be
Hidden Love comes to aid of musician Peter Case following his emergency open-heart surgery.
Santa Monica, CA--Friends, fans and fellow artists of singer-songwriter Peter Case have rallied toward his medical relief following the musician's unexpected open-heart surgery in January: They have established the Hidden Love Medical Relief Fund and Benefit Concert to cover the cost of his medical and related expenses.
Emergency open-heart surgery was not on Case's itinerary this winter: he had just begun a session of his popular songwriting class at McCabe's Guitar Shop and was preparing to celebrate his 25th Anniversary performing there in February. Following the show, he was set to leave for a tour of the U.K. and parts of Europe through mid-March. Instead, Case spent the winter successfully recovering at home from double bypass surgery. His doctors have declared him strong and stress that he will be back at work as soon as recovery is complete. However, until then, the question of the cost of his care remains unresolved. Case, a three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer is among the 47 million+ Americans, many of them musicians, who are uninsured.
"Hidden Love was established because we care for Peter and for his work," says the fund's director, Arthur Shingler. "No one is going to profit from this venture. We simply feel that at the end of the day, we need to take care of each other." The money raised through the Hidden Love Medical Relief Fund will be applied to Case's expenses related to his hospitalization and post-surgery recovery.
Additionally, McCabe's is producing a Hidden Love Benefit Concert in the spring. Details will be forthcoming once the date and line-up are confirmed.
In December, Dave was busy down in Austin, Texas recording his latest CD with an all female band he put together for the project, The Guilty Women. The CD is tentatively titled simply DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY WOMEN and will be released on Yep Roc Records. The stunning group features guitar virtuosos Cindy Cashdollar and Nina Gerber, the superb vocalist Christy McWilson, the soulful violinists Laurie Lewis and Amy Farris, legendary bassist Sarah Brown and renowned drummer Lisa Pankratz. Special guests include Louisiana piano boogie specialist Marcia Ball and cajun/blues accordionist Suzy Thompson. The CD, which is scheduled for a May release, features several new Dave Alvin songs as well as songs written by Christy, Sarah and Amy plus covers of songs written by Kate Wolf and Tim Hardin as well as a unique version of the old Doris Day chestnut, Que Sera Sera. Dave and The Guilty Women will be hitting the highway throughout 2009 so keep checking the Tour page to see when they'll be appearing near you.
In March Yep Roc Records will be releasing the Chris Gaffney tribute CD that Dave executive produced. It's titled: MAN OF SOMEBODY'S DREAMS - A TRIBUTE TO CHRIS GAFFNEY. Besides Dave's version of Chris's bittersweet ARTESIA, the CD features recordings of Chris's timeless songs by Joe Ely, Boz Skaggs, Los Lobos, Peter Case, Tom Russell, Calexico, James McMurtry, Freddie Fender with The Texas Tornadoes, Jim Lauderdale with Ollabelle, The Iguanas, Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, John Doe, Dave Gonzales, Big Sandy with Los Straitjackets and Bill Kirchen, Dan Penn and, sadly, Chris Gaffney's last vocal performance, THE GUITARS OF MY DEAD FRIENDS. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the tribute album goes to Hungry For Music, a non-profit group that Chris supported, that gives musical instruments to underprivileged children.
NEW DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY MEN LIVE DVD COMING SOON!
The long awaited live at The Great American Music Hall DVD will soon be available for purchase at shows and online. Directed by the brilliant cinematographer Joe Murray, the film captures Dave, Chris Gaffney, Joe Terry, Chris Miller, Gregory Boaz and Bobby Lloyd Hicks at their best in front of an amazing San Francisco audience. The film is as loud, rocking and passionate as the music the guys play. Check back for more information regarding how to get a copy.
GENE TAYLOR BLUES BAND UPDATE: We thought that we'd have the Gene Taylor Blues Band CD, LIVE!!! 605 BOOGIE!!!, ready for release last November but we're still working out the legal/business issues. Although we can't say exactly when it will be officially released, Dave promises that it will be very, very soon and that the musical reunion of Dave with his old hometown (and Blasters) pals is well worth the wait. We'll let you know as soon as we know.