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Latest addition: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:46:24

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From: Greg Gilbert (Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 13:07:11)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:46:24.

Saw you for the first time (tho I've meant to for years) yesterday @ Golden Gate Park. Thanks for a great time, & especially for your lyric political commentary. The reason for this letter is a special kudos & right on, bro, for your Ash (or was it Ashe) Grove song--that place helped (along with the Lighthouse) put me on my life's path at a young age too, said path branching as far as Baby Gramps & Sun Ra among many others. I'd love a notice of if & when that tune makes it to a cd (& title) & sure can't wait to see you fellers at some sweaty local dive such as the Palms.
Thanks til then
Greg Gilbert

Hey Greg:

Yeah, the Ashgrove and the Lighthouse certainly put us on similar musical/personal paths. I'm glad you enjoyed the show at Golden Gate Park.
Me and the guys were very nervous that day, having driven all night from Reno in order to play that afternoon and not getting enough sleep and nervous about playing with so many amazing artists, but we turned up the amps and had fun anyway.
The Ashgrove song is the title track of my next CD that will be released in June 2004. I hope you like it. And, yeah, see ya at The Palms!

From: rochelle sirota (Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at 15:26:22)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:32:08.

at a recent show (@Tin ANgel in Phili this past AUgust) Dave Alvin prefaced a song with a comment that the song he was about to play was the second saddest song of his that he plays; what is the SADDEST? the show was amazing, and i'm looking foward to when he plays acoustic on the east coast again (are there any upcoming dates scheduled up around the northeast? also, where can i purchase a copy of OUTAKES? many thanks, rochelle
Hey Rochelle

Well, it was either a song called KITCHEN TABLE or a song called ANDERSONVILLE
or it was song from my upcoming album, Ashgrove, called THE MAN IN THE BED.
Three of my personal favorites but all very, very, sad.

From: mike mccoy (Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 19:45:53)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:29:09.

I just wanted to tell you that I have missed seeing you guys play and I am glad to know that you are still around. The first time that I ever saw you was in the early eighties at the Utah fairgrounds. Wow! What a great show I took Blasters music with me all the way to Baghdad with the Marines. There is no better music in the world. Thanks for doing what you have done. I hope that someone follows in your footsteps.

Mike McCoy USMC
Hey Mike:

Thanks for the good words about the music and thanks for taking the Blasters music to Baghdad (Blasters bass player, John Bazz, was just over there entertaining the troops as a member of Bruce Willis's band). I hope you're already home by now (seeing how I'm late in responding to all my web mail) and if you're not home yet, I hope you come home soon. Thanks and keep rockin'.

From: Mike Lawlor (Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 14:58:58)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:22:31.

Dear Dave,

For big fans who are also armchair guitarists and singers, would you consider a section of your web page devoted to chords and lyrics of your songs (or at least lyrics)?

It would be great,

Mike Lawlor
I'm seriously thinking about it, Mike.

From: Eileen (Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 03:52:00)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:21:23.

Great to see the Blasters here in Scotland last Monday but how could Dave come all this way after all this time and not sing a note ??? :(
The gig was good and his playing was great, and I take the point that it's really Phil's band now, but I was so disappointed not to hear him sing even one song - especially when he left saying he'd see us in another 19 years !
Ask him please to come back and sing a lot sooner than that !

Many thanks,
Hey Eileen:

Sorry to disappoint you but I didn't sing with The Blasters back in the old days so I didn't sing with them on the reunion shows. I figure that people came to the Blasters reunion shows to see the original Blasters not me. If they want to hear me sing then they can come to a Guilty Men show. By the way, it won't be nineteen years until I play Glasgow again. I'll be playing (and singing) there with the Guilty Men in May 2004. See you there!

From: queenmarielle (Saturday, July 5, 2003 at 22:25:44)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:12:39.

Yes, I believe that was indeed Dave Alvin in Bad Day (see January 2003 inquiry), a black-and-white short film produced and directed by Exene Cervenka and Modi Frank back in the 1980s.
Yeah, it was me. Fortunately it was a silent movie so no one could hear what a lousy actor I am. Unfortunately there was film in the camera so everyone could see what alousy actor I am. Oh, well, what can ya do?

From: Mark Bulot (Monday, June 23, 2003 at 17:16:10)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:07:07.

Is there a source for published sheet music of Dave's songs? Thanks.
No, not yet, Mark. But I'm gonna do it now that so many people have asked. Stay tuned.

From: lost in sierra madre (Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 19:17:32)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:05:59.

Is it true that Rick Shea will replace you as The Replacement for Charlie Sexton in Bob Dylan's band?
No. Rick is replacing me in the Guilty Men and I'm replacing Rick in the same band. Charlie Sextons gonna play baritone sax and clarinet. It all gets so confusing sometimes

From: Tom (Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 22:21:19)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:02:44.

I have enjoyed all your music from the first time I heard Border Radio in 1980.
I just landed in LA from Tampa and was on the freeway headed into town, "50,000
watts out of Mexico". I saw you perform in Tampa in 2001, the accordian player sang an old song. "I remember when we were young we used to play bang bang shoot'em up". What is the name of that song and is it available?
Hey Tom:

Chris Gaffney is the Guilty Man who sang, COWBOYS TO GIRLS, that night in Tampa.
It's an old r+b song originally recorded in the 60's by Thee Intruders. Chris recorded a duet version of the song with Lucinda Williams on his CD, LOSER'S PARADISE, on the Hightone label a few years back.
I hope you survived the traffic in LA.

From: Tom (Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 22:21:19)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 04:02:31.

I have enjoyed all your music from the first time I heard Border Radio in 1980.
I just landed in LA from Tampa and was on the freeway headed into town, "50,000
watts out of Mexico". I saw you perform in Tampa in 2001, the accordian player sang an old song. "I remember when we were young we used to play bang bang shoot'em up". What is the name of that song and is it available?
Hey Tom:

Chris Gaffney is the Guilty Man who sang, COWBOYS TO GIRLS, that night in Tampa.
It's an old r+b song originally recorded in the 60's by Thee Intruders. Chris recorded a duet version of the song with Lucinda Williams on his CD, LOSER'S PARADISE, on the Hightone label a few years back.
I hope you survived the traffic in LA.

From: Andrew (Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 07:03:44)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:56:31.

Not a question, just soemthing I had to let you know. I had the profound pleasure of seeing The Blasters in Seattle last December. I bought all the new Blastrs CD's too. I have to tell you that "Common Man" is one of the things helping me to get through these insane times. Especially the way Phil intros it on the live CD, "This goes out to the powers that be..." It seems even more accurate now than when it was first written. I guess that's one of the marks of truly great music. Thanks for all you do, sincerely, Andrew Poultridge
Hey Andrew:

Thanks. I'm glad the song is helping you get through these "insane times." It does the same for me. Yeah, I also like Phil's intro. Well, thanks again and good luck out there.

From: ERIC L MCREYNOLDS (Monday, May 12, 2003 at 16:17:58)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:53:37.


I was looking for the song (fools paridise) and the info on the internet said that you wrote the song and the singer Hawkins, did not wright it. Who wrote this song you or Hawkins.???
I got your cd in Hawaii and I realy enjoy it, I like the song (stop the clock). I thought Dwight Yoakam wrote ( long white cad) I found out you guys did and not him.
I wish I would have heard your band years ago,it is some great music to listen to.
Keep up the great music.

Eric McReynolds
Hey Eric:

Better late than never (kind of like my answers to these questions) but glad you finally discovered the Blasters and my stuff.
There have been hundreds of songs titled, FOOL'S PARADISE but if you're referring to the song that the great Dale Hawkins recently recorded, then yes, I wrote that song many years ago for The Blasters. It was a great honor to have one of my songs covered by one of my favorite rock and rollers. It was also an honor when Dwight recorded my song, LONG WHITE CADILLAC. It's hard to explain how good it feels hearing great talents like them singing my songs. I've been very lucky in that regard.

From: Leslie (Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 06:56:17)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:43:25.

I've been searching for Dave's book Crazy Ones for at least 2 years now. Every time I order it, the bookstore tells me that it is out of print or printing in the near future. What's up? I NEED a copy badddd!!! I LOVED "Any Rough Times..." and can't wait any longer to read Crazy Ones. Please advise.

Hey Leslie:

BAD NEWS: I'm sorry to tell you but THE CRAZY ONES doesn't exist. The guy who published ANY ROUGH TIMES wanted a follow up book of poems from me and advertised it even though I hadn't written anything. Go figure.
GOOD NEWS: There should be a new book of poem, though, in late 2004 or early 2005. I haven't decided what it'll be called but it definitely WILL NOT be called THE CRAZY ONES.

From: Victor Kull (Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 05:51:34)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:37:30.

Hi Dave,
I've got all of your albums,but there's one track at the end of the Public Domain album which isn't titled.Could you please tell me what it's called.
I hope to visit San Diego later this year or early next.I've never travelled to the states before but i'd sure like to fit it in with one of your concerts

Keep the Faith,


Hey Vic:

I hope you had a good trip to California and got to see some good shows.

The mystery track on PUBLIC DOMAIN is a medley of Big Bill Broonzy's SATURDAY NIGHT RUB and Big Bill and Georgia Tom Dorsey's HOKUM STOMP and HIP SHAKIN STRUT.

From: John Taylor (Monday, May 5, 2003 at 09:56:14)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:32:57.

I was at your gig at the Bottom Line in NYC on May 3rd with Tom Russell & Nancy Griffith
and it was awesome! You described Tom as your songwriting inspiration and spiritual advisor, and I was wondering how the two of you met and how long ago it was.

As a singer/songwriter myself, seeing the two of you was truly inspiring.

Thanks for the music.

John Taylor 5/5/03
Thank you very much, John.

I met Tom around 1990 through our mutual friend, the brillant Katy Moffat.
I was already a fan of Tom's writing and wanted to write with him. And he is definitely a songwriting inspiration BUT I believe I introduced my right hand man, Chris Gaffney, as my "spritual advisor" because, well, he is.
Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the show that night. It was a very special night,
especially now that the Bottom Line has gone to the great nightclub graveyard.

From: Jackie Irwin (Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 20:22:08)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:27:40.


I recently heard that Dave Alvin is involved in a project to cure psoriasis. Is this true? Are there any sites where I can read about the project?

Thank you.

Hey Jackie:

Not psoriasis but Parkinson's Disease which my father was afflicted with. If you go to a website named Parkinsong.com you can read about a double CD set that is coming out in 2004 featuring tracks from Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Tom Russell and myself, among many others. All the money generated goes to research for treatment and a possible cure.

From: Betty Page 59 (Friday, April 25, 2003 at 09:32:12)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:22:05.

Hi Dave!!!

I'm a CRAZY'N'PRETTY TEDDY GIRL from Barcelona (Spain). I hope that you can remember me, cause I dance with you in Mephisto Club in Barcelona, and later we stay togheter with Hook Herrera in backstage. I hope to see you soon!!!

Kisses and Keep on Rockin'

Can you remember me??? I looks like a "GILDA"
Dear Betty:

How could I ever forget?!?!?
Did you make it to any of the Blaster's reunion shows in Spain? I didn't see you.
Well, tell Hook I said hello and I hope to return to Barcelona sooner than later. Until then, kisses and keep rockin' yourself!

From: Rob Ovitt (Friday, April 18, 2003 at 11:41:51)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:16:16.

I've been a huge fan since my high school days in San Diego in the early 80's. I've seen you with the Blasters and the Guilty Men many times, although we've never met. I'm interested to hear a few of your thoughts comparing the Mustang to a Strat, especially with regards to the 24" scale. Everybody these days seems to think that Kurt Cobain invented them and they are "meant" for that type of music. How did you come to play one in the Blasters days, and do you still play it a lot? Thanks for all the amazing music over all these years. Marie Marie loud on the car stereo in 10th grade changed my life.

--Rob Ovitt

Hey Rob:

James Harman, the great blues harp player, gave me my old 64 Fender Mustang. He paid 75 bucks for it at pawn shop in downtown Santa Ana, California. Even though our childhood home was full of guitars, the Mustang was the first guitar that was MINE. Not community property, if you know what I mean.
I still have the Mustang and would never part with it. A lot of shattered beer bottle glass from the wild old days is permanently embedded in the wood.
Comparing the 64 Mustang to my 64 Strat is, well, it's really apples and oranges. Two different things entirely.

From: Steve Ruddell (Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 12:48:01)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:05:38.

Dave...I'm the guy who was the only person cheering The Blasters when you opened for Queen at the Fourm many moons ago...N-E wayz I do a free fourm radio show at a Washington DC area Public Access radio station...on April 30 I will be doing a Dave Alvin "set" for my entire show...then that night I head to the Birchmere for the show...Now I realize that a radio show from 7:30 am to 9:00am is pretty fuckin early to ask you this but if you should be up and about I'd dig a call...the number is (703) 560-8255 ...Thanx for all the great tunes, and I'll be playing songs from every CD you have put out including "Outtakes From California"...so if you feel the urge please gimme a call and we'll improvise a short interview with the tunes...Thanx again...Steve Your Bogus Disc Jockey...
Hey Steve:

Thanks for playing my stuff but that really is too damm early. You need an afternoon show then we got ourselves a deal.

From: Celine Keating (Friday, April 11, 2003 at 17:01:10)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:02:55.


I'm wondering if there's a new release forthcoming for possible review.


Hey Celine:

Yep. My new CD is called ASHGROVE and will be released in June of 2004.

From: Steve Doolittle (Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 17:33:38)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 03:01:24.


I was just at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. I went to school with you and Eugene Baldoni. (CHIPPER) Would like to come see you in Vegas on the 18th of April. NO FREEBIES. But, could use back stage passes. Your friend, Steve Doolittle, OLPH.

Hey Steve:

You're confusing me with my brother Phil. I was nowhere near the House of Blues in Las Vegas. I hope Phil got you into the show, though.

From: Maureen (Friday, April 4, 2003 at 05:16:49)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:58:51.

Hi Dave; I have two questions- First, when are you going to post some even older photos of The Blasters- by 1982 you were really goin', but we want to see older stuff too,Please?
Second, when exactly did you start wearing the red bandana? Was it there on your first Blasters gig? Did you wear it before the Blasters started? It seems that I remember a kid that looked just like you walking around the L.A. area in about 73-74 preachin' about the blues, maybe even rockabilly- He had the pomp and I remember the red bandana. So when did you start your Blasters look?
I know these questions are the old news to you, but I swear we are keeping up with your new stuff too. Can't wait to see the Guilty Men next time around.
Hey Maureen:

Any photo older than 1982 is strictly blackmail material.
Seriously, if you find a copy of Hightone's reissue of the first Blasters record, American Music, you'll see a couple of vintage 1979 photos of the band.
The recently issued Blaster DVD, Goin' Home, also has a few embarassing photos of us from the years before the Blasters.
In regards to your other question, if you ever went to old Ashgrove you probably did see me amd my brother, Phil, when we were teenage know-it-alls, hanging around spouting off about the blues to anyone who'd listen. I guess not much has changed.

From: Mark Belanger (Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 16:02:30)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:50:11.

My friend told me to check out Dave Alvin saying I'd dig him. Then I read the following:

> 18Mar03: Dave may be cancelling his upcoming Annapolis, Philadeplphia, and
> Delaware gigs due to upcoming war threats. Check the venues for the latest
> words.

Is he kidding? That is such a gross hysterical overreaction as to be laughable. He's far more likely to get hit by a car crossing the street than getting blown to bits in a plane. I guarantee the former is a lot more painful. Such a shame that a grown man is afraid of monsters in the night...

Hey Mark:

Great Big Scary Monsters In The Night!!!!!!!Oh,boy, am I scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No, I'm not afraid of anything like that (but, yeah, bad drivers tend to scare me a bit). And that wasn't the reason those gigs were cancelled but, hey, whatever people want to think or print or write. I can't control that stuff.
Honestly, I don't like to discuss my personal life, and the reasons I do or don't do something, with everybody (including concert promoters) but there were very personal, real reasons for cancelling those gigs that had nothing to do with terrorists or President George W or television news and the culture of fear that so many people want us to live in these days.
I hope you'll undersatnd my desire for privacy and come to a show one of these days. You might like it.

From: PAUL BRIDGES (Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 07:17:48)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:35:06.


Hey Paul:

Well, good luck tracking it down. I heard that theres a possibilty of a Gun Club
box set coming out at some point so maybe The Las Vegas Story would be part of that. You could see if there's a Gun Club fan club webpage. I don't know where to find but I had a ball playing guitar with Jeffrey Lee and the band way back when.

From: mary (Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at 15:40:31)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:31:48.

Any Rough Times are Now Behind You

I am an eighteen year old girl. I have just fallen in love with Dave Alvin through the aforementioned text. thank you.
Thank you, Mary.

From: Paul Snyder (Monday, March 3, 2003 at 16:21:03)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:31:08.

What is Dave's connection to Downey Blues?
Thank you,
Hey Paul:

If you mean the reissue CD on Hightone's HMG label of blues and r+b tracks recorded at Wenzel's Music Studio for the DOWNEY label in the late 50's and early 60's, well, not much. It's a great CD of lesser known west coast blues artists and my only connection is that Wenzel's was the record store in my hometown of Downey, California where I could buy blues, rockabilly, honky tonk and surf records when I was a kid. A million years later I introduced Bruce Bromberg, of Hightone Records, to Tom Wenzel (son of Downey Records owner/producer Bill Wenzel) and they came up with the idea of the reissue CD.
It might be hard to find now but well worth the effort to track it down.
Some good. solid blue collar blues.

From: Mona (Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 14:31:52)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:20:09.

A month ago today, at 6 AM, I was on a plane heading to Los Angeles from the rural flatlands of North Carolina. My destination later that night was the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. I'd never *heard* Dave live before, but had seen him in the audience at "Julie's Hootenanny" at the Roxy almost a year before and was incredibly excited to finally get to hear the band. I had messages to deliver to Brantley and Rick from kindred spirits in North Carolina. It's nice to be the bearer of heartfelt thank you's to people who've reached out and made a difference in friends' lives. (Y'all will know who I'm talking about.)

It was wonderful meeting Brantley and Rick before the show, they were gracious and kind and we chatted while they set up their instruments. Brantley was fun to talk to because we've been to quite a few of the same haunts. He even told me of a show he went to in my present hometown ~ WAY back when I was a kid, before I even lived here.

The really cool part was when I left after the show. I had gone with a dear old friend and four new friends. When the show was over, I noticed that the setlist was still on the floor where Dave had been sitting. I went over and asked the guy on the stage if I could have it and he handed it to me. When I turned around, my group of friends had left. I took one more look around the really beautiful room and then headed out. I decided to go out one of the alternate exits, not the main one where the crowd was. There were probably a couple dozen people going that way, at most. I was surprised as I got to the exterior door to see Dave standing to the left of the exit, greeting and shaking hands with folks who were leaving. He had a beer in one hand and an incredibly warm smile on his face. I had the set list in one hand and switched it to shake his hand and to tell him that I'd come all the way from NC to see them and that it was definitely worth it! I thought about asking him to sign the set list, but I'm not really that interested in autographs (I prefer the memories) so I didn't.

It hit me when I got back to the place I was staying in South Pasadena that Dave standing outside the venue, shaking hands as folks left was just like a preacher meeting his flock on after the sermon. Dave.... it was a GREAT service, I'll go to your church anytime.

Peace. mona in NC
Hey Mona:

Thank you for your wonderful story.
Wow, I never thought about the annual church gig that way. Me as a preacher.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Well, if after the service the preacher can greet the congregation with a beer and a menthol cigarette, then maybe . . . Naaaw, it'll never happen. See you soon.

From: Kevin (Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 09:56:09)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:14:29.


I really like Dave Alvin's "New Highway" but I can't find any info on the song so that I can play it. Any idea what the chord progression is or what key it's in? I would really appreciate it. Thanks,

Hey Ken:

It's a blues picking piece in the key of C with the standard 12 bar blues chord
progression. Sort of a tribute to blues guitar giant Big Bill Broonzy but nowhere near his mastery of the instrument.

From: jen joseph (Monday, February 24, 2003 at 18:05:19)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:11:11.

i'm looking for a copy of dave's poem "any rough times are now behind you." his publisher appears to be out of commission, and i'm not sure where to turn. any ideas?
Hey Jen:

Good luck. Try eBay or the Yahoo American Music Group chat room. I may re-print it with another publisher now that Incommunicado is officially incommunicado. Maybe in 2005 after the next of poems. thanks for being interested.

From: Nick Lomma (Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 15:20:35)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:07:48.

Can you help me!!!!
I'm looking for a Tab & cords for kitchen table.
I've loved the song for the longest time.

I saw dave twice both times at the tin angel in Philadelphia.
My brother wanted to go see Kelly Jo Phelps and Kelly opened for Dave.

I had never heard him before nor heard of the Blasters
His soft powerful voice and heart spoken word blew me away.

I would love to be able to play the song.
Maybe for the letter I to have kept with me.............
Nick Lomma
LaGrange Park, IL
formerly Bristol, PA

Hey Nick:

I'm very touched that Kitchen Table means so much to you. I think it's one of the best songs I've ever written. Unfortunately, as I've stated in other answers, I don't have a songbook or sheet music or even a tab chart for any of my songs but I think that will change soon. Anyway, my songs aren't too hard. Hell, if I can play them then anyone can.

From: jmk (Monday, January 27, 2003 at 21:07:15)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 02:01:33.

Dear Dave,
I am a loyal fan from Austin, TX. I used to live in Houston where I first saw the Blasters at a club called Fitzgeralds. Wonderful little place. That's where I also saw you solo. I've been a fan ever since. Saw you with the Guilty Men recently and really enjoyed the show. I may be the only person I know now who has an old Tex and the Horseheads album so when you introduced the bass player I got the reference.
This note is to say thanks very much for the great songs. I think you are a great writer and performer and I hope you come back this way real soon.
Thanks again, your fan,
Mike Kirby
Hey Mike:

Thanks for the nice words about the songs. It means a lot that you've stayed a fan for so long.
Yeah, Gregory Boas (under the name Smog Vomit) was the bass player in the L.A.
punk rock band, Tex And The Horseheads. A great band with interesting songs and
you never what the hell was going to happen at one of their gigs. Things could get kind of wild.
Years before Chris Gaffney knew Gregory or myself, he went to a punk rock show headlined by Tex And The Horseheads thinking he was going to see a country and western show. Boy, was he surprised.
See you soon in Austin or Houston or somewhere in between.

From: Daniel Cronin (Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 01:14:57)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 01:54:47.

Hi Dave,
I just started listening to your music, and i must say you are amazing. I also just started playing the guitar. Is there any place i can find tabs or sheet music for the song "king of california"? Or could you make up a tab. Can anyone help a young musician who finally found some music worth listening to.
Hey Daniel:

One of these days I'll get a songbook together with guitar tabs but until then,
I play King of California in the key of D using the C chord finger position with a capo on the second fret. I pick the bass notes with my thumb while "flailing" the high strings with my index finger sort of in the clawhammer style of old time banjo masters like Uncle Dave Macon. Good luck with it. It's a fun song to play.

From: Mouse (Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 20:08:01)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 01:46:59.

I wanted to ask Dave about the necklace he always wears; it's very unique. What's the story behind it? Thanks for making such great music -- it's a very real comfort for those of us who like to hear striking strongwriting. And thanks to Scot and Billy, for putting the work into their sites -- it must be a great labor of love for you both. Take care!
Hey Mouse:

Yeah, Scot and Billy deserve a lot of thanks for the time and effort they've put into the websites. In fact, a lot of the credit should go to them for getting all the original Blasters to play together again.
Anyway, the necklace . . . well, let's just say that someone very special made it for me over 20 years ago and I continue to wear it as a way to stay close to someone who is very far away.

From: Mouse (Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 20:08:01)
Answered: Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 01:46:36.

I wanted to ask Dave about the necklace he always wears; it's very unique. What's the story behind it? Thanks for making such great music -- it's a very real comfort for those of us who like to hear striking strongwriting. And thanks to Scot and Billy, for putting the work into their sites -- it must be a great labor of love for you both. Take care!
Hey Mouse:

Yeah, Scot and Billy deserve a lot of thanks for the time and effort they've put into the websites. In fact, a lot of the credit should go to them for getting all the original Blasters to play together again.
Anyway, the necklace . . . well, let's just say that someone very special made it for me over 20 years ago and I continue to wear it as a way to stay close to someone who is very far away.

From: Kiersten (Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 10:48:28)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 22:19:08.

A quick note from a Downey Hometown Girl livin' in Santa Cruz-

I haven't used the computer for fun much, usually work related.
I received the Newsletter flyer at your Catalyst show and decided to check the "sites".

This was fun for me, lots of memories came flooding in on Sunday night-
You gentlemen continue to be some of my favorite Artists.

I used to see the Blasters everywhere, I was so proud to have you boys represent for Downey, I mean-my God before that it was The Carpenters....

I really enjoyed seeing you Brothers Alvin play together again, for me I think that it has been about seventeen years or so.

It was at an KVRE party in Santa Rosa CA in the early eighties........AY! So long ago and yet, it doesn't feel that way.

My beloved friend from "Behind the Orange Curtain" (Anaheim-she can't help it) and I always see you when you come to town, and we have never been let down.

Thank you for your continuing contributions to "American music."

You have become a Catalyst for music education-and I love that.

It has been fun to check out the tremendous amount of effort put into these sites and see what a "following" you have.

Please come and play another acoustic show in Santa Cruz again when you have the opportunity.

(Love the Guilty Men, I would just really enjoy another acoustic gig)

Thank you again for all of the fun, heartfelt, thought provoking music.

"The King of CA" is played played often in my car ( I drive about 2,300 miles a month) that I start to freak if I can't find it on my bi-monthly drive to Fresno.......

Wow, I think that I just wrote my first fan letter since writing to David Cassidy in 1972.

Gracias Dave-

Remind your Brother to bring his reading glasses next time,
it is happening to the best of us- ;)

Hey Kiersten:

Good to hear from a homegirl. I'm glad you discovered the various websites and the great bunch of friends and fans that the Blasters and I have met over the years. I think I've played a couple acoustic shows in Santa Cruz since you wrote
to me, ohh, what was it? Two years ago? Sorry it takes me a really long time to make new CDs and to respond to questions. Anyway, I hope you'll forgive me and I hope you still listen to King Of California on your drive to Fresno (My mother was born and raised in small town south of Fresno called Reedley so that country has a special place in my heart and music).

Also, there was a GREAT Downey band on the early 60's named The Rumblers. They were a hard rockin' surf/r+b guitar band. For the Blasters, The Rumblers were always hometown heroes! If you ever find any of their rare old 45's on the Downey Records label, you're in for a good shock about how hep your hometown was/is.

From: Mark Daleo (Monday, December 2, 2002 at 13:48:27)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 22:10:26.

Hello Dave,

I live in San Diego and love that you play here often, especially small venues like the Casbah, and the Belly up.

My question is where can I purchase Dave Alvin Tee Shirts. I bought one at a show once, but it was stolen, I must replace it.

Thanks for creating great music and putting on spectacular shows. Hope a San Diego date is in the works.

Hey Mark:

I'm sorry some jefk ripped off your t-shirt but I only sell t-shirts at shows You could try the Blasters website at TheBlasters.com. I think they have some of mine for sale over there. Or come to the next show in the San Diego area probably around late summer 2004. Good luck.

From: Robert Lynch (Friday, November 29, 2002 at 22:32:43)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 22:07:16.


I'm a big Bob Dylan fan and a big Blasters fan as well so you can understand my excitement when I heard ( a rumor of course ) that there was a possiblity that Dave Alvin would be joining Bob Dylans touring band in 2003. I was wondering if there was anything to this or is it in fact just a rumor. Just curios hoping you can help me out.

Hey Robert:

I'm a big Dylan fan also but it was strictly an accidental rumor. I sat in with Dylan and his band at a gig and the rumor was off and running. It was a whole lot of fun sitting in but theres no way that I'm good enough to be in his band. Too many songs to learn for one reason. Another reason is I really enjoy playing my songs with my band. I have enough trouble remembering my own songs let alone learning the 2 million songs that Bob Dylan wrote. But Bob is more than welcome to learn any of mine and sit in with us anytime he wants. He's one of the real living giants in American Music.

From: Rick meherin (Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 18:55:29)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:25:26.

Mr. Dave Alvin,Sir. Without kissing the LEAST amount of "ass",I just want to let you ,know,that I know,That THEY know ,THAT,,just kidding,Listen Dave,seriously,You played with Hollywood Fats! that's where I'm going here.I have a question and a suggestion.THe question is,(wasn't Hollywood Fats GREAT!?and are there any videos of the great man?And wasn't Country Dick Montana Great Too?I know you know what I;'m talking about,Ya know?are ther any videos of him?O.K. now the suggestion ....check out chriszalez.com he,s a ft.worth texas boy.I beleive you'll like what ya here. Cya Rick"damn"Meherin
Hey Rick:

Hollywood Fats was maybe the best white blues guitarist I ever heard. Maybe one of the greatest guitarist period.
And Country Dick was the greatest Country Dick I ever knew.
I'll keep an eye open for the guy out in Fort Worth. He must be good if you say so.

From: Jennifer (Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at 11:11:13)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:21:36.

I am just wondering if you are the same Dave Alvin that sang for the 90's band White Trash? Please let me know, I cannot find anything on this band and I am trying very hard to do so. Thank you,
Nope. Good luck tracking down the "other" Dave Alvin.

From: Richard Brunetto (Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 14:15:01)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:20:07.

When will your next CD be released?
Hey Richard:

The new Dave Alvin CD, ASHGROVE, will be released June 15, 2004. We're just about done recording it and I think it's pretty good. Lots of blues guitar and some of my best songs. I hope you like it.

From: Larry Natalini (Friday, October 17, 2003 at 00:47:22)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:17:27.

Is that a Randall amp at the top of your homepage? If so, what model? Commander? If not, What?

Yeah, Larry, it's a Randall Commander. Bill Bateman, the drummer for the Blasters, worked there as a draftsman when we put the band together so they gave us an endorsement. They were good workhorse amps. Too bad they went out of business. You've got a good eye for detail, Larry.

From: Lee Homan (Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 21:04:13)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:14:38.

Hi my name is Lee,im a 50 yr old kiwi(New Zealand) and a fan of Daves music.I recently got sent a ripper cdr of Dave performing at the Palms Playhouse in Davis last year - while this is a boot I was wondering is there a cover for it out there somewhere ? Was my search for a cover that led me here _ also is there anyone out there with any other shows to trade ?? Also any chance of Dave coming here to NZ ?
Hey Lee:

The best way to track down other boots etc is on the Yahoo AMERICAN MUSIC group chat room. They come up with things I didn't even know existed. Yeah, I've never been to New Zealand but will certainly be there sooner than later.

From: Cow-Punk zine (Monday, November 10, 2003 at 07:34:56)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:10:41.

I'm starting up a new Cow-Punk fanzine titled, originally "Cow-Punk zine". I've had a love for countrified punk for ages stemming from Jason & The Scorchers and leading to contemporary country-punk such as Nine Pound Hammer and Reneck Girlfriend. I feel it's the right time to do this with the emergence of so-called "country-rock" bands like The Thrills, Kings of Leon and The Coral all getting so much mainstream and media attention here in the UK.

The plan is to spread the word about REAL country punk rock and roll not only to those already converted, but everyone possible. It's gonna feature news, reviews, interviews, articles etc. from all over the world and I'm planning to market this pretty heavily and sell worldwide. It's gonna be a non-profit-making thing, this is purely as I think cow-punk is the future.

To cut to the chase I'd love to do an e-mail based Q&A interview to be featured in the 'zine as Dave Alvin needs to be featured! Please get back to me if you're interested, I'd love to do this feature. Thank you VERY much,

Edd Moore (Cow-Punk zine)

Sounds very cool, Edd. The best way to set up an interview is thorugh Hightone Records in Oakland, California. I hope things go good with the fanzine. Did you ever hear Blood On The Saddle from back in the old days?

From: Christene LeDoux (Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 17:02:51)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:07:18.

Hi Dave,

I hope this is finding you well. <3

I'm hosting a room at Folk Alliance with my label, "little pumpkin Music."
I've got a great line-up so far; Cosy Sheridan, Steve Seskin, Tracy Grammer,
Tom Prasado Rao, Buddy Mondlock, Michael McNevin, Danny Click (Jimmy LaFave),
The Kennedy's, Laurie Lewis, and more..
This is an invite only room and no charge to you.

I really hope you can come on over to showcase a night. Right now, I am filling
Th, Fri & Sat. night.

Let me know what you think.
I am happy to get your name/pic in the ad we are doing too if you can let me know before
the Dec. 1st ad deadline.

Have a stress-free week, or try anyway right? :)

"little lighthouse", listen/buy @:
"Dust & Branches, songs from a wanderer"
with guest artists Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber (Kate Wolf), Danny Click (Jimmy LaFave) & more.... coming Fall 2003!
Hey Christene:

I'm really sorry I picked up this message so late, (What is it 4 months late?),
because I think Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber are stunning musicians/performers.
A friend of mine was at your Folk Alliance showcase and raved about it. Anyway, good luck and maybe see you next year.

From: Christene LeDoux (Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 17:02:51)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:07:00.

Hi Dave,

I hope this is finding you well. <3

I'm hosting a room at Folk Alliance with my label, "little pumpkin Music."
I've got a great line-up so far; Cosy Sheridan, Steve Seskin, Tracy Grammer,
Tom Prasado Rao, Buddy Mondlock, Michael McNevin, Danny Click (Jimmy LaFave),
The Kennedy's, Laurie Lewis, and more..
This is an invite only room and no charge to you.

I really hope you can come on over to showcase a night. Right now, I am filling
Th, Fri & Sat. night.

Let me know what you think.
I am happy to get your name/pic in the ad we are doing too if you can let me know before
the Dec. 1st ad deadline.

Have a stress-free week, or try anyway right? :)

"little lighthouse", listen/buy @:
"Dust & Branches, songs from a wanderer"
with guest artists Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber (Kate Wolf), Danny Click (Jimmy LaFave) & more.... coming Fall 2003!
Hey Christene:

I'm really sorry I picked up this message so late, (What is it 4 months late?),
because I think Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber are stunning musicians/performers.
A friend of mine was at your Folk Alliance showcase and raved about it. Anyway, good luck and maybe see you next year.

From: Kurrobilly (Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 07:10:57)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 04:02:32.

Hi, Im sorry so much if my english are not right.
I m a Spanish guy, my name is Kurro, I am guitar player since i was a child.
I have all the albums than The Blasters and Dave Alvin, and I could see the Show in Madrid the last summer, the 24 of July.
Thanks for the show Blasters, maybe, one of the greatest nights of my life.
I have played in some bands of rockandroll, but now i canīt.
I am recording my own material at home, itīs my hobbye. And my problem is the lenguage, i donīt know enough english to understand all the lyrics.
I would love to know the lyrics of some songs, but i cant find it.
Its possible that the lyrics of the Blasters appears here?.
I am just to find the lyric of " Help your dreams", i can heard it, and write some parts of the lyrics, but not all.
Thank you so much, best regards from the South of Spain.

Hey Kurrobilly:

I'm glad you enjoyed the show in Madrid. Madrid is beautiful. Spain is beautiful. I can't wait to go back.
I don't have a songbook or lyrics posted on the website but that may change soon. I'm sorry I can't help you there. I'd love to hear HELP YOU DREAM sung in Spanish. Spanish is a great rock and roll language! Anyway, keep rocking!

From: Carol Smith (Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 13:30:16)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:58:29.

I saw Dave at the Lotus Festival in Bloomington, Indiana in September 2002. Is there any chance that Dave will be passing through the midwest again at any time in the not-too-distant future?
Hey Carol:

I should be all over the Mid-West this summer (2004) with my band, The Guilty Men. I think we're playing in Indianapolis on July 2 but I'm not sure what venue.
I hope you enjoyed the Lotus Festival. It was a lot of fun for me to be around so many amazing musicians from around the world and I hope they have me back to play again someday.
Well, see you soon, I hope.

From: Mike Chavez (Friday, December 19, 2003 at 08:45:23)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:53:35.

\ When are you going to play in the Sacramento area?
When can we expect your new CD?
Hey Mike:

New CD, ASHGROVE, will be out in June 2004 and the Guity Men and I should be at The Palms in Winters sometime in August or September. I'll be looking for ya.

From: Juan Arjona/Watsonville, Ca (Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 14:02:25)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:51:38.

The Event: The KPIG Humbug Hoedown
The Place: The Catalyst/Santa Cruz, Ca.
The Date: Saturday December 6th 2003
Today's Date: Wednesday December 31 2003

To Mr. Alvin:
It brings great pleasure to say that I got oppurtunity to see your show that night...and Man, What a Show! You were the prefect replacement to Todd Snider.
I just couln't beleive the energy you and your band had put out that night. WOW, is all I can say!

I'll sure be there when you return to Santa Cruz again!

Great Show!
See you next time...
Juan Arjona
Watsonville, Ca.
Hey Juan:

Thank you very much. We enjoyed playing that show very much and I'm glad you did also. I don't know if I'm any good or not but I KNOW I've got an amazing band!
They can play anything. See you soon in Santa Cruz and keeping listening to KPIG!

From: Kieron Grady (Monday, January 5, 2004 at 12:55:31)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:48:47.

Hi Dave.

Cheap Trick re-issued their live at Budakon album with more songs from the concert that the album celebrated. Talking Heads did the same with Stop Making Sense. I am assuming the Pleasure Barons' concerts were longer and contained more songs than the CD has. I appreciate you probably don't control this but were there more songs? Were they recorded and is there any chance there might be a re-issue with an extended version? With Country Dick gone to that great barhall in the sky, this is all we have to remember the Pleasure Barons by as there obviously will never be a reunion.
Best Wishes,
Kieron Grady
Hey Kieron:

Oh Yeah, theres lots of Barons songs that aren't on the CD but whether they'll ever be released is anyone's guess. Try to get a copy of Country Dick's solo CD called, THE DEVIL LIED TO ME. It features several songs by the Barons in the studio. It's definitley worth searching for. Country Dick rides again!

From: John Stuckey (Friday, January 9, 2004 at 12:27:46)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:44:34.

I saw Dave at The Bottom Line in N.Y. in May 2003 and he said he had a new album coming out in Fall 2003. Obviously that didn't happen. Do you know if Dave is still planning on releasing a new album soon?

I can't get enough of Dave's music and I can't wait to hear some new stuff.

John S
Hey John:

Thank you for the nice words about my music. It means a alot.
The new CD is called ASHGROVE and will be out June 15th 2004, if everything goes the way it should.

From: paul (Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 09:35:54)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:41:50.

I asked a while back if anyone knew where to find a cd or a tape of wild side of life/honky tonk angels that the knitters did and heard nothing. any new leads?
Hey Paul:

I only have one copy and I ain't getting rid of it. Try asking on the Yahoo AMERICAN MUSIC group chat room. Those folks can find just about anything.

From: mick smith (Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 08:51:34)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:40:07.

dave when are comeing back to england for a tour been long over due.can you play the musican in leicester ps TERRY ALLEN PLAYING THERE 28/4/04 THANKS MICK
Hey Mick:

Hopefully, I'll be playing in England sometime this year (2004) after the new CD
is realeased. Tell Terry Allen I said hello and buy him a beer from me. He's one of the greats!

From: Clark Cullen (Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 19:44:57)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:37:30.

Dear Sirs,
This is such a wonderful page with many wonderful pictures from serveral different bands and moments, but I noticed that there are no photos of "The Pleasure Barons" and I'm sure there are some wild ones(Mojo, Dick, the Farage brothers and Dave!!), but all the photos are fun to look at, so thanks for posting them. Adios.
Hey Clarke:

I thought there was a Barons photo up there somewhere. Well, give me a little time and we'll get one up there.

From: chris (scobie) scovitch (Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 09:37:39)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:36:07.

you need some exposure, might I sugest you to get your band and enter into the "Chesapeake Blues Festival" at Sandy Point State Park Md. their website on the internet so you can contact them .And if you do get interested and attend it (you will have a'"Blast of a time") this summer 04 I would appreciate 4 tickets to the show, and we will take pictures, nuff said. chris (scobie)scovitch 9115 grant ave. Laurel Md. 20723 301-498-4180 thank s for your time, Rock On !!!
Hey Chris:

The Guilty Men and I will be playing this spring and summer all around the Maryland and Wasington DC area but have no plans of playing the Chesapeake Blues festival but surely would consider it if they ever asked. I've heard it's a pretty fun gig.

From: Jason (Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 21:00:51)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:32:55.

I want to buy a (guitar) music book (tablature etc..) of the King of California album. Where do I go?
Hey Jason:

There isn't one as of March 04 but I'm SERIOUSLY considering doing a songbook.
I honestly never knew so many people were interested.

From: John Holcomb (Friday, September 27, 2002 at 07:26:24)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:20:23.

Hey there!

My name is John Holcomb, and I write for AMPLIFIER magazine (online version at http://www.amplifiermagazine.com). I reviewed "Trouble Bound" for AMP and am a huge long time Blasters (since the first Rollin' Rock record)/Dave fan. My question is, is there ANYWAY I can obtain a copy of the Outakes in California disc. I live in Southern Illinois, and doubt if Dave will be heading my way soon.

And I'm an Alvin completist.




John Holcomb
Amplifier Magazine
217 E. 4th
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863

Hey John:

Look up the Village Records website on the internet. They could be selling copies but don't tell anyone I told you.

From: Jim Colbert (Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 14:38:21)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:18:41.

I was just wondering if there was any plans for a songbook in the works, hint hint, to help those of us with less than discerning ears? I think it would be a cool idea... was wondering too if, in the meantime, you might offer capo and basic chords for the old Jim ringer tune "waiting for the hard times to go." (man, that and Tramps and hawkers... that man could write some good songs.)

Thanks for all the great music!

Hey Jim:

No, still no songbook (see various questions above) but I'm starting to seriously consider it now that so many people are asking.
And, yeah, Jim Ringer could write a damm good song, couldn't he? He's one of my favorites. An unsung hero.

From: Sarah K. Frederick (Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 07:13:19)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:16:07.

Dave, hey, it's the gal from maine here. i signed the petition for Johnies Broiler. sorry to hear about the situation. hometown place huh? sounds like the place caught the eye of someone from the "establishment." it really amazes me that people can have no feeling for their culture and history. my dad's been involved in antiques and collectibles all my life and growing up around things that have been around longer than you, can really put some perspective on how different times have been. if there's anything more i can do, please let me know. i'd be glad to help. i do have an idea. maybe far-fetched. stephen king lives here in maine in a town called Bangor. he is always helping with things like this. i think it maybe a tax write-off for him. anyway, i also think he plays music and i've seen him in fifties regalia. i think it's a favorite of his. he's probably a huge fan of the blasters. he's really nice and down to earth. maybe he would be supportive somehow. anyway, that's my idea. hope you and your dogs are well. it's already cold here and the leaves are turning. enjoy a beer in the hot sun for me. yours, sarah
Hey Sarah:

Thank you for signing the Johnnies Broiler petition. You'll be relieved to know that Johnnies has been saved for the time being. The original Blasters played a benefit for Johnnies in our hometown and it was quite a homecoming. It was encouraging to know that not everyone wants to tear old stuff down. And we didn't need to ask Steven King but thanks for the suggestion. I'll drink that cold beer in the warm sun for you.

From: Darren Smith (Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 12:10:01)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:10:38.

Years ago in Santa Fe I saw one of the best shows ever, The Pleasure Barons. Considering the loss of Country Dick, is there any chance that Dave, John, Rosie and the others will ever do some shows again as The Barons? Respectfully,
Darren Smith p.s. I think I still have the flyer for that show lying around somewhere.
Hey Darren:

No chance of any more Baron shows. The whole concept was Country Dick's baby and it wouldn't be the same without him. Oh well. Like everyone who crossed his path, I miss him everyday.

From: Per-Ake Persson (Saturday, September 7, 2002 at 09:08:15)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:07:59.

I would like to know if "Between the Cracks" is based on a real life character? And if so, who? Must be somebody well known in boxing ...
Hey Per:

No, it's not beased on anyone famous. In fact, just the opposite. Between The Cracks was based on a hundred small time boxers who are just trying to make a living and will do anything to get by. Kind of like many musicians.

From: bob carson (Friday, September 6, 2002 at 13:18:47)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:05:15.

I bought your "Out in California" CD at the Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival aand track 3 skips (bummer). I contacted Hightone and asked them how to replace the CD. I didn't know how to copy you, so I am sending this to let you kknow

Bob Carson
9515 Sunrise Road
Blaine, WA 98230
Hey Bob,
I'm really sorry that the CD skipped. I hope Hightone replaced it for you. If they didn't and you still want one after all this time, Please contact me through Mongrel Music at 415-485-5100. Just tell them what happened and we'll get you a new one. Please accept my sincere apology for the defective CD and the
two year response time.

From: pablo (Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at 02:04:07)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 03:00:30.


1. are you planning on playing any dates this fall (Oct. or Nov.) in Austin?

2. do you have a favorite show or on stage moment (personal carrer highlight)?

Hey Pablo:

I think I played Austin at The Continental Club since you posted your question
(Yeah, I'm sorry again for being so damm slow) and certainly plan to play there again soon (summer/fall 2004).
As for favorite moments on stage? Well, I've got a lot.
Some special ones that pop into my head were playing with Big Joe Turner, playing with Lee Allen, playing with Sonny Burgess, playing with Billy Boy Arnold, playing with Tom Waits, playing with Hank Ballard, playing with Carl Perkins, playing with Willie Dixon, playing with Ramblin' Jack Elliot, playing with Little Milton, playing with Bob Dylan, playing with . . .

From: BILL DE GRAAF (Monday, September 2, 2002 at 07:25:05)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:51:06.

Hey Bill,

Yeah, legal reasons make it rough to sell the OUTTAKES IN CALIFORNIA CD outside of live gigs but if you check the website for Village Records, a web store specializing in roots music, well, they just might have one for sale. But don't tell anyone I told you.

From: Jan van Gils (Friday, August 30, 2002 at 04:31:29)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:48:14.

Hi Dave,

Here some questions from a big fan of yours in The Netherlands (Europe). Is there any chance we'll be seeing you in The Netherlands soon, 'cause there's a whole lotta people waiting for you overhere.
Yoy write the most beautiful songs and I wonder if all your lyrics are available in bookform. If so, please give me the address where I can purchase it.

Jan van Gils
The Netherlands
Hey Jan,

I'll be in the Netherlands at the Moulin Blues Festival this coming May 2004.
And, no there is no songbook of my songs as of yet but the more people ask, well, it;s looking like I'll have to do one. See you soon.

From: Kieron Grady (Monday, August 26, 2002 at 14:05:39)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:45:42.

Hi Dave. Caught your show at the Royal Hotel in Vancouver on August 17th, 2002. Needless to say, I loved it.
I don't really have a question but just want to say COME BACK SOON!!!
I know you get paid in Canadian dollars when you come up here but at least you get to drink canadian beer (instead of that American swill).


Kieron Grady
Yeah, Kieron, Canadian beer is pretty good. You'll get no arguments here.
And hopefully we'll be back in Vancouver this summer or fall (2004) after the new studio album is released. Until then, have a beer for me.

From: Ferdy Belland (Friday, August 16, 2002 at 23:40:16)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:41:59.

Dear Dave,
Half an hour ago myself and my lovely bride Erin finished watching your wonderful set at the 10th Annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival. I can't tell you the joy, excitement, and knee-knocking boogie abandon I felt seeing you in full-bore action with your Guilty Men...whatever crime you all committed, I want to be your accomplice on your next job...and Erin now understands what I mean when I start talking about the Blasters and such, and my eyes roll back in my head and the shaking begins...
I've been a late-blooming Blasters fan for the past few years. I also have had the privelidge, over the past two years, of being the bassist for Buffalohead, a roots-rock band based in British Columbia's East Kootenay (Rocky Mountain) region, and our bandleader/songwriter/lead guitarist Tim Ross is sort of into your music the way Shi'ite Muslims are sort of into Mohammed - I think our mutual Dave Alvin fandom helped breach our 13-year age gap. Now I have the chest-puffing advantage of watching his face purple up with helpless rage when I tell him how great your Salmon Arm set was.
Maybe the next part of this blurb should be addressed to your booking agency (and I'll track that down), but FYI I'd like to pass the invite along to you to play our hometown of Cranbrook (pop.22,000+) if you'd like a good stop-over gig between Calgary/Edmonton and Victoria/Vancouver, the next time you're planning a Western Canada tour...when I'm not thumping around on the doghouse or the fretless, I keep myself busy with local concert promotion (10 years and counting), and if a Cranbrook show appeals to you, I'd like to host you in our lovely Key City Theatre (cap.625, dynamite in-house PA, huge staff, etc. etc.).
I'll stop schmoozing and get back to the serious business of thanking you once again for an enjoyable evening in a lovely part of British Columbia's Okanagan. It's heart-warming and admirable to see that you haven't lost your stride, and that your voice, your musicianship, and your songwriting still stands strong and firey. Please continue your wonderful career, and Erin and I will be sure to catch your next nearby gig...even if it isn't in Cranbrook!
Ferdy Belland @ Western Front Productions
310 8th Ave.S., Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada V1C-2K9
250-417-3322, ferdybelland@hotmail.com
hey Ferdy:

Yeah, the Guilty Men and I had a blast at the Salmon Arm festival! Everyone was really friendly and the crew and sound were unbelieveable. I'm glad you got to see that show because we were really on that night if I say so myself. We also had amazing shows that summer in Vancouver and at the Edmonton and Victoria Folk Fests and we're looking forward to getting back to beautiful western Canada as soon as possible.

Good luck with your band. Hopefully we can do a show or two together in the future. Tell your singer and your wife I said hello.

From: Barbara Hynes (Friday, July 12, 2002 at 11:44:59)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:33:50.

Hi Dave, I've been a fan since the early days of the Blasters, when I used to catch the band at all the southern California venues I could. (I recall one night in L.A. when we parked right next to your van.) I always thought you and Phil were Downey natives, but I read an article online recently that you grew up in Ventura, California. I'd like to know if that's true, because I've lived in Ventura since 1969 and we are around the same age. Whereabouts did you live, and where did you go to school? I'm looking forward to your new CD, and I'm hoping you play near here again soon.
Like you, I was into roots music when it wasn't "cool". I grew up with a grandmother who sang old-timey songs and played ukelele, and parents who played "hillbilly" music when I was a kid. I love it still!
Thanks, Barbara Hynes
Hey Barbara:

No, my brother, Phil and I did grow up in Downey but our great uncle Otto
(along with his wife, Auntie Kate, and sons Buddy and Porky) lived in Ventura.
We spent many of our childhood days at their home on the northwest side of Ventura (over by the Longhorn Bar). We especially enjoyed hiking and climbing in the hills behind his house. You were very fortunate to have relatives who exposed you to roots music as a child. My older cousins turned me on to folk, r+b, rock and roll, blues, country, etc. I'm forever in their debt.

From: Reed (Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 12:18:18)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:27:24.

I am looking for a Dave Alvin songbook for the King of California album. Specifically, I'm looking for the "Tab/Chord" for the song "Every Night About this Time".

Is the sheet music available?

Hey Reed

No, theres no tab/sheet music for EVERY NIGHT ABOUT THIS TIME but if people keep asking for tabs of my songs, I guess I'll have to get a songbook together. I guess it's probably about time.

From: Erica (Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 11:31:58)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:24:57.

I am 16 and for as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a music producer. I am going into my senior year and I wanted to start to working for a record label or what ever I can do that is involved with music! I wanted to know what would be a good way to get stared? next year I am going to go to RCC and get my Ged then to Fullerton collage (they have a great music department). Because I dont have a degree most labels wont let me near them so what do you recommend that I do? I LIVE for music! It is the most important thing in the world to me! I read an interview with you in blue suede news you said "I want to help the music stay alive"! I want the same thing I just need some Help getting there. I want to go to hootenanny one of these years and be able to see a band that I produced or I singed to my label and see all these people who love the music and know ever word! If you can give any advice I would really appreciate it. thanks for you time.
Rockabilly Rules

Well, Erica,

I'm really sorry that it took me so long to get back to you and your question.
I hope your last year in high school wnt okay. Mine was miserable.

As far as getting into producing CDs and getting into the music business, well there aren't any simple answers. You could go to school to study sound engineering and music or you could start a band and live in van on the interstates playing bars for the next ten years. I know it seems daunting and almost impossible but it can be done. the only thing I can say is, do ANYTHING involving music. Play in a group even if it sucks. Be a roadie (I've done that myself). Go to gigs and bother the soundperson behind the sound board, they get awful lonely back there. Go to gigs and try to meet people who are as passionate about music as you are. Again, DO ANYTHING.
And don't let the music industry take away your love for music. It's a hard struggle at times but worth it.
Good Luck

From: Mark C Horn (Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at 07:55:14)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:16:38.

Just a letter to find out what the Blasters' members have been up to? I know they probably will never be able to come through Ohio again like they did oh some 18 or so long years ago. I miss seeing them and the Knitter members. What ever became of Billy Zoom, Billy Ray Bartel and Exene (Mrs. Viggo Mortensen)? Well, if you get a sec, I would love to find out more about them. I just got married for the second time and recently turned my wife onto The Blasters thanks to the new box set, Testament. I also pulled out a tape of an interview I did with Dave from the Hard Line tour stop in Cleveland. Anyway, take care thanks for this venue for Blasters fans and Rock On!


Mark C. Horn
Hey Mark

Well, the original Blasters did play 2 gigs in Ohio (fall of 02) since you posted your question. (Man, I really have got to answer these questions more promptly.) I hope you made it to one of the gigs.
Everyone is fine. The original members of X (John, Exene, DJ and Billy) have reformed and play shows out here in the west every 6 months or so and The Knitters have reformed for several shows also out here on the left coast. I'll tell them you said hello and I'm happy you've made your wife a Blaster fan.
And another, "sorry it took 2 years to answer your question."

From: Roger A. Liddle (Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 20:14:16)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:09:47.

I manage a CD store here in Auckland New Zealand and have sold quite
a few copies of Out in California.Several of my customers have commented on the great cover and we were wondering if a T.shirt is going to be made available.
Just wondering down here in Godzown.
Rog and the fans downunder.
P.S. when are you coming down this way Dave?
Hey Roger:

Thanks for the compliment regarding the Out In Cali cover. My good friend, Lou Beach, did the artwork for that CD as well as most of my other covers. I tell him that his work is appreciated down under. There are no plans to make the cover into t-shirts but, hey, feel free if you want to do it yourself. Just make one for me, I'm a large to extra-large.
I hope to get to Australia and New Zealand in the next year or so. Hopefully by 2005.
And, ahh, sorry this answer took two years

From: Bruce (Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 15:12:55)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 02:04:49.

My name is Bruce and im a huge dave alvin fan. I was wondering if there is any Dave Alvin footage out there of concerts shows or whatever that is able to be bought online or over the phone....please get back to me thank you very much.

Hey Bruce:

If you're still a DA fan after these two years, the best place to track down any videos of shows of mine would be through the Yahoo AMERICAN MUSIC chat room.
I've never done a professional live performance video/dvd for me and the Guilty Men (that could change this year - 2004) but I encourage the swapping of live shows, either audio or video, between fans because they're so different than the studio performances.

There is, though, a new live Blasters dvd from the Shout label that just came out this Febuary (2004). I think it captures the Blasters at what we did best.
Check it out.
Oh, Yeah, another apology for taking 2 years to answer.

From: Mark and Deb (Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 05:13:28)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 01:57:50.


This is Mark and Deb (you remember us, don't you??? Mark gave you a charm for
your noose at The Knitters show at The Great American Music Hall in May. Did
you put it on yet? Anyway, got a couple of questions for you, if you don't mind.

Did you have any posters made up of any of your shows recently (or older ones)?

And where could I find the chord charts or tablature for "Abeline"?

That's all......Oh, by the way, Deb and I purchased the first and second seats
for your show coming up on August 23rd at Slim's in S.F. Can't wait.....
and of course, we'll see you back stage.......and as you told us at The Knitters
show, if we have any problems getting back stage, we'll tell the security people
to come and get your ok.....

See you then....Take care......Peace....

Mark and Deb
(925) 370-3797.....Fell free to call anytime...really.....
Hey Mark

Well, if you go to www.voodoocatbox.com you'll find beautiful show posters available of both me and the Guilty Men as well as The Knitters. They're pretty cool. As far as tabs or chord charts for Abilene, no I don't have any. One of these days I might get around to putting together a songbook of some of my songs if I think enough people would in interested. Again, sorry it took so long to get back to you.

From: sean callahan (Thursday, June 6, 2002 at 10:04:01)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 01:52:47.


I've been rediscovering the late, great john hartford. I was wondering if u ever had the pleasure of playing with him & if so is they any recording of it?



sean callahan

ps - see u at fitzgerald's on 7/4...cant wait to see those "napkins in the air"! ;-)
Hey Sean:

No, I was never lucky enough, or even talented enough, to have played with John Hartford. I know some people who knew and played with him and they were all stunned and inspired by his talents and personality.

I'm playing Fitzgeralds this year (2004) on either the 3rd or 4th of July so I hope you make it to this years gigs and throw some napkins. And, sorry, it's taken so long to respond.

From: Don Adler (Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 23:17:07)
Answered: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 01:33:42.

I love your work with Christy McWilson. And now I am start
ing to hear about Jill Olson. How do the artists compare? If I like Christy, which I do (esp.Bed Of Roses), would I like Jill? And does she tour?
With you in the band?


Hey Don:

Thanks for the nice words about Christy McWilson. She's an amazing singer and songwriter. I'm very proud producing her two solo albums and look forward to doing more with her. Now, Jill Olsen is another singer/songwriter that I've been blessed to work with and (to answer your question two years after you asked it),
Yeah, if you like Christy you'll probably like Jill. Both are highly influenced by roots and country/folk but Christy is perhaps has bit more of the poet Sylvia
Plath in her work while Jill has a bit more 60's pop in her songs. Jill also plays bass in the country/rock band, Red Meat, that I've had the pleasure of producing two CDs for. Both are wonderful and I'd do anything for them.

From: john cuthbertson (Monday, November 11, 2002 at 23:12:55)
Answered: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 00:57:25.

I'd like to buy a copy of the 'Outtakes In California' CD - is that possible?

Yes, you can now get a copy of Dave's
Outtakes in California CD (while their limited supplies last) at


This is the disc that the band has been selling only at their recent shows.

Scot and Billy

From: Mary (Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at 16:28:43)
Answered: Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 12:14:08.

Hi Scot, you've done a nice job on these web pages. My question is, does Dave still read emails from this site? It looks as if it's been a while since he responded to any.
Yes, believe it or not, Dave, and some of the other band members, do
look at these questions and occasionally respond. Dave, specifically, has
been super-busy these past few months, so hasn't gotten to a lot of
the questions. He usually saves things up, then answers a lot at once.
If his time is ever freed up (with the new Original Recipe Blasters Tour
on, it could be a while), I'm sure he'll be back with his usual witty remarks.


From: Jesse (Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 12:56:05)
Answered: Friday, October 4, 2002 at 01:57:05.

Who is the man that has started off several shows recently with 2 songs of his own? I see that he is in the Guilty Men, but what is his name? Mostly, what are the songs that he is doing, one of them really cooks (but reminds me of another song...forget which one right now...maybe something from The Band). Does he have any solo albums?

San Diego
(26 yo)
Hey Jesse, the long eared lad about whom you inguire is none other than Rick Shea. The song you mentioned is probably Wanted Man by Johnny Cash. Joe

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