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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

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Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

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with Jay Souza

From The New Yorker “Listening Room” about the new recording from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin:

“Last year, the brothers reunited to record material for “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a musical project masterminded by Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T-Bone Burnett. And now they have extended the revived partnership with an entire album, “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” (YepRoc).”

The rest of the article is here, complete with a full stream.

About Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

“There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both.” – Dave Alvin

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. A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin grew up in Downey, California as the local landscape quickly evolved from orange groves and dairy farms to tract homes and freeways.

Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, with his brother Phil in 1979, 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.”

Brothers Dave and Phil have reunited to make a new record, ‘Lost Time.’ Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the blues, the most transcendental form of American music.” Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner. The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life. They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for ‘Lost Time.’

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, and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning CD Public Domain, to the electric blues of his Ashgrove CD. Alvin has always managed to unite seemingly disparate genres into a cohesive vision of contemporary roots music.

Dave Alvin’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton, Robert Earl Keen, Marshal Crenshaw and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alejandro Escovedo 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.