I am actually writing this to thank Dave Alvin for recording " Boss " by The
Rumblers, and to thank him for the kind comments also.
I am Adrian Lloyd and I was the drummer on the original, and co-writer.
It was so good to hear Dave's version.
I just heard about it from Rex Delong.
Nationally-renowned author Gerald Haslam and Grammy Winner Dave Alvin will
appear for a free program on Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. in the South
Pasadena Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Gerald Haslam is one
of the most acclaimed California authors now working and the Long Beach Press-
Telegram called him “the writer’s writer.” His widely-praised books include
That Constant Coyote, The Great Central Valley, The Other California, and
Coming of Age in California, selected as one of the 20th Century’s Top 100
nonfiction books from the West in a San Francisco Chronicle poll. His
presentation will center on his groundbreaking book Workin’ Man Blues: Country
Music in California. It won Rolling Stone Magazine’s Ralph J. Gleason Award as
best music book of the year and was made into a feature documentary for PBS.
Haslam’s publisher, Heyday Books will be selling his books during the event and
all profits will be donated to the Friends of the South Pasadena Library.
Also, appearing will be L.A. singer, songwriter, and musician Dave Alvin who
won the Best Traditional Folk Grammy Award for his 2000 album, Public Domain:
Songs from the Wild Land. His new album is West of West: Songs from California
Songwriters, Vol. 1. The Author Night Event is presented by the South Pasadena
Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South
Pasadena Chinese American Club. The Bissell House and S& B Sound Engineering
are co-sponsors. No tickets or reservations are required.
Ride the train with Dave. A round trip from Tucson, Arizona to Mexico's Copper
Canyon on board the Sierra Madre Express with Dave Alvin, Laurie Lewis & Tom
Rozum, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen.
Sept. 13-20, 2007.
For details, see: http://www.flyingunderradar.com/
Just letting you know that your album, 'Public Domain', has made the Folk
Fringes 'Top 100 New Folk' list and is currently at #62. The list can be viewed
More info on Dave's XM Satellite Radio Show. Dave's "9 Volt" will be heard
the third week of every month on X Country XM 12: Monday at 11 AM with replays
on Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 11 AM. All times are Eastern.
Hey I read today that Dave's hosting a radio program on XM Satellite called
"9 Volt" beginning Sept 18th. Sweet!
Dave appears on LOWE PROFILE: A Tribute to Nick Lowe and does an
incredible version of "Failed Christian" from Nick's last album, The
Convincer. You can hear a sound clip at the Brewery Records website
Here is the scoop from Dave and YepRoc on his new album, West of the West:
One afternoon in 1969, my mother and I were eating lunch at the
kitchen table and watching a local L.A. daytime talk show on our black
and white TV. The host introduced a young singer/songwriter named John
Stewart. He sang "Daydream Believer," a song he wrote that The Monkees
had covered and made into a massive hit. I'd always kind of liked the
song but, in my infinite 13 year old wisdom, I thought The Monkees
were pretty jive so I didn't really listen closely.
But then he did�"July, You're a Woman"�and he sang the line, "I have
not been known as the Saint of San Joaquin." �My mother smiled and
said, "He's singing about where I'm from, the San Joaquin Valley."
Then I paid closer attention. �The TV host asked Stewart questions
about songwriting, his time in The Kingston Trio and about growing up
in California. I don't remember his answers but when he
sang�"California Bloodlines"�at the end of the show, I do remember my
mother telling me, "That's what you have, just like him, you've got
California bloodlines." Maybe that was when the idea for this CD first
entered my mind."
West of the West mixes much loved songs by Merle Haggard, John
Fogerty, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Jerry Garcia, Kate
Wolf, Robert Hunter and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Louis Perez, with
unearthed gems from such previously overlooked talents as Blackie
Farrell and Jim Ringer.
Pre-order now from Yep Roc, and not only will you get your copy
delivered to your door on or before the official May 30 release date,
but you'll also get a bonus disc with two additional songs, "Mr. Moto"
and "Rumble." Strictly while supplies last.
Plus, check out the special 2-CD deal at the Yep Roc Web Shop. Buy
West of the West and the live album The Great American Music Galaxy
for one special price. And if you're one of the first 500, you'll get
the bonus disc, too!
1. California Bloodlines - John Stewart
2. Redneck Friend - Jackson Browne
3. Kern River - Merle Haggard
4. Blind Love - Tom Waits
5. Here In California - Kate Wolf
6. I'm Bewildered - Richard Berry
7. Sonora's death Row - Blackie Farrell
8. Between The Cracks - Dave Alvin/Tom Russell
9. Down On The Riverbed - David Hidalgo/Louie Perez1
0. Tramps and Hawkers - Jim Ringer
11. Don't Look Now - John Fogerty
12. Loser - Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter
13. Surfer Girl - Brian Wilson
Dave is currently working on his new album, to be titled West of the West.
It's a CD featuring a host of California songwriters - some you've probably heard
of (including a song or two from a guy named Dave Alvin) and some you probably haven't. Dave says:
I've been in the studio for 2 weeks and everything is coming along just great except that I'm exhausted and a bit slap-happy. It'll be called WEST OF THE WEST and it's turning out to be a pretty cool cd, a sort of blues/folk/doowop/country/psychedelic/norteno/surf record (I think that covers everything).
The new album us scheduled for a May 30th release.
As for his current release, the live Great American Music Galaxy CD, Dave says:
I'll see what I can do. It is about the best live thing I've ever
done. Pretty damn good band if I say so myself. ... Is my live cd as
good as James Brown's Live At The Apollo? Ah, umm, well, ahhh, ummm,
I can't really answer that question honestly ... but ... I do know that
mine has more guitar solos for whatever that's worth.
Dave's recent live CD, The Great American Music Galaxy, previously only available at live shows, is now available via
Recorded in early 2005 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, "The Great American Music Galaxy" features Dave Alvin backed by The Guilty Men: Chris Gaffney, Chris Miller, Gregory Boaz, Bobby Lloyd Hicks and Joe Terry.
Click above to order directly.
[ed: OK - this is a bit commercial, but still looks like it might be
of interest to many here, so why not?]
Dave Alvin appears on Tales from The Tavern compilation
A live performance of Dave’s song, “King of California” (accompanied by Greg Liesz) appears on the outstanding compilation CD “Tales from the Tavern, Vol. 1,” which features 12 artists from the first three seasons of the critically-acclaimed concert series that takes place on the Central Coast of California.
The project includes:
Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen (joined also by David Crosby on a magical rendition of “Turn Turn Turn”)
Michael On Fire
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Jon Dee Graham
Jesse DeNatale, and
“I cannot recommend these sessions too highly. Each, it seems to me, is destined to become a one-of-a-kind memorable musical event.”
– Jim Buckley, The Montecito Journal
“It’s part consciousness-raising, part adult education, part U.S. music history … and one of the best small concert venues on the West Coast.”
– Leah Etling, Santa Barbara News Press
Order your copy here (at your website) or at:
Tales From The Tavern
PO Box 1672
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Hi, I am a staff writer for www.beingtheremag.com and I wanted to let you know that Dave Alvin's King of California was selected as one of our 25 Greatest Country Albums of All Time.
Here's a direct link
Dave is joining the Knitters for a summer 2005 tour (but NOT breaking up the Guilty Men, fear not). Here are the dates:
7/19 - San Francisco, California at The Great American Music Hall
7/20 - San Francisco, California at Slims
7/22 - Seattle, Washington at The Showbox
7/23 - Portland, Oregon at McMenamin's Lodge
8/2 - Minneapolis, Minnesota at The First Ave
8/3 - Madison, Wisconsin at High Noon
8/4 - Chicago, Illinois at Park West
8/5 - Detroit, Michigan at The Magic Stick
8/6 - Cleveland, Ohio at The Beachland Ballroom
8/7 - Toronto, Ontario at Lee's Palace
8/9 - Northhampton, Massachusetts at The Iron Horse
8/10 - Boston, Massachusetts at The Paradise
8/11 - New York City at Irving Plaza
8/12 - Alexndria, Virginia at The Birchmere
8/13 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The Trocadero
8/14 - Baltimore, Maryland at The Rams Head Live
8/16 - Carboro, North Carolina at TBA
8/17 - Charlotte, North Carolina at TBA
8/18 - Greenville, South Carolina at The Handlebar
8/19 - Nashville, Tennessee at City Hall
8/20 - Atlanta, Georgia at The Masquerade
8/23 - New Orleans, Louisiana at Tipitina's
8/25 - Houston, Texas at The Continental Club
8/26 - Dallas, Texas at The Sons Of Herman Hall
8/27 - Austin, Texas at The Parish
8/30 - Tucson, Arizona at The Rialto Theatre
8/31 - TBA Arizona
9/2 - Los Angeles, California at The El Rey
9/3 - Anaheim, Califonia at The House of Blues
9/4 - San Diego-Solana Beach, California at The Belly-Up
10/1 - San Francisco, California at The Not Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Dave Alvin has been muzakified!
I'm sitting in the San Jose Airport and a muzak, no words version of So Long Baby Goodbye is playing in the background. Now I really know that Dave has finally made it to the mainstream big time.
Saw Dave and Amy Farris this past Saturday afternoon at Fingerprints, an independent record store in Long Beach. They did about 10 songs from his past and latest album. It was just a wonderful opportunity to witness some extraordinary musicianship. What they did together on "King of California" was just magical. I think it made believers out of some folks.
And thanks to the folks at Fingerprints for pulling Dave down from Silver Lake to do a free show like that too.
Note the wonderful review in the September edition of Stereophile. Congratulations!!!
I just got home from a taping of the Woodsong Oldtime Radio Hour featuring Dave and a Celtic Band called Seven Nations. Dave was great, and it turned into a real community affaiar with the local boys filling in with Dave and his guitarist (I'm sorry - I didn't hear his name clearly) and Seven Nations on Marie, Marie for an encore. It was a genuine thrill to hear an acoustic version of Ashgrove. And Dave was supercool throughout - even when the MC - Michael Jonathan - called him "Dave Evans". He also did a moving version of "Blackjack David" It looked like Dave was having a good time. We hung out after the show and chatted with the Seven Nations boys, but word came back that Dave was bushed and had left. So we went for Tacos and beer.
Now this is the start of a big week here in Lexington. Dave is scheduled to play with Los Straitjackets on Wednesday at a Main Street Club called "The Dame". Then Thursday night back at the Kentucky Theatre is Los Lobos. Whew. Two Dave Alvin Shows and a Los Lobos show in a span of four nights. Man, I'm flippin'.
To top it off, the Woodsongs tickets were but $5, and the Dame tickets are $10.
My life is changing for the better this week. Maybe Dave will be out and about town tomorrow - be great to Say Hey.
The Woodsongs show was #317, and will ultimately be available for online viewing. Check it out.
Dave Alvin is featured in the new book and CD, "Live from FitzGerald's, Songs and Stories of an American Music Club." Through words, pictures, and song, the book looks at a year in the life of FitzGerald's Nightclub in Berwyn, IL. Dave is a FitzGerald's favorite. "New Highway" leads off the book's companion CD and is followed by live tracks from Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Rosie Flores, Alejandro Escovedo and more. The book includes a full section on Dave, with live-action and still photos of the man. The book is available at the club or online at www.livefromfitzgeralds.com. Dave will headline the club's July 4th music festival July 3rd and 4th. We'll try to get him to sign copies of the book and his much-anticpated new CD.
Dave reports his new album is now scheduled for a 15June (2004) release on YepRoc.
A tour should start the 17th, in Missouri. The album was produced by Greg Leisz.
Lou Beach again did the cover art (we hope to preview that before the CD is released.) Dave says the album is a bit more electric than his past couple CDs and he's really proud of the new songs. I know I can't wait to hear it!
Dave reports he just signed to the YepRoc label. He says,
They're very, very
good people who have very, very honest deals with musicians. They've got Nick
Lowe, Rev Horton Heat, Southern Culture, Big Sandy, Los Straightjackets, Doyle Bramhal, The Fleshtones, The Iguanas, and
more on the label and I'm very happy to join them.
Dave and the very Guilty Men just finished recording a new album, to be released
hopefully this June 15th, entitled Ashgrove. Dave says it's mostly electric along
the lines of a Bluesier Blue Boulevard with a few accoustic numbers as well.
I am from Spain and I have a publishing house in Spain (although since last year I am leaving in the States) and two years ago I published the translation of his book (Any rough times are now behind you) in Spanish. You can see it in my web site www.gamuzaazul.com (section "Libros").
DAVE ALVIN/BLACKJACK DAVID ON ULTRADISC UHR SACD
Sebastopol, CA - The Blasters rocketed out of California during the punk and new wave explosion writing great rockabilly originals and what they called in one of their hits, “American Music”. When both brothers in the band finally released solo albums, it was lead guitarist Dave who was utterly transformed into a country noir chronicler and dust bowl balladeer. Each subsequent album refined his sound and songwriting and reached the highest standards with Blackjack David. It is a record of incredible depth, both sonically and lyrically. The acclaimed 1998 compact is now fully-realized in this SACD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. The album also features new liner notes from Dave Alvin and Americana newspaper columnist and music critic Dave Hoekstra.
Release Date: April 22, 2003
Distributed by KOCH
Submitted by: Coleman R. Brice
Dave Alvin played at the Dylan show last night playing on 2 songs.
There's an article about Dave and his musical support of union workers in the August 2002 issue of International Musician, the monthly musician's union newspaper.
Extensive on-line chat/interview with Dave.
P.S. Check out
www.moviesunlimited.com for info on Dave's three movie "appearences".
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