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).”
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About Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones
This 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 recordings and live performances move through loud, aggressive rock and roll to contemplative acoustic storytelling.
Alvin’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of contemporary roots artists like Los Lobos, Little Milton, Joe Ely, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X. Alvin’s songs 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.
“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. 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. 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, backed by Dave’s regular road band, The Guilty Ones.