Dave Alvin Rumors and Sightings
- Blasters Rumors here
- Tell us your story here
- 25Apr02: Dave will appear tonight on the Craig Kilborn show. Dave
only got the invitation on the 24th, so sorry for the late notice. Dave is
schedule to perform Out in California with Rich Shea, Chris Gaffney, and
possibly Brantley Kearns.
- Read DJ Johnson's
interview with Dave Alvin on the Blasters Reunion!
- www.dcn.com will be Webcasting Dave's
appearance at Smith's Old Bar on 17May01 and the Belly up Tavern on 31May01.
- Dave is currently (June 2000) the guest Artist DJ on the
House of Blues
Mojo Blue internet radio show. Check it out while it's still online!
- Dave has been seen recently (20Sep99) at a few Richard Thompson gigs.
There is is some buzz that he may be there for the rest of the tour!
- Dave plays 3 hours of requests in Cleveland, 1997
- Rumors are saying the upcoming (Sep 99) Slim's Knitters gigs just
might be recorded for a live album!
- Fred Rudofsky ran into Joe Ely recently, who said of Dave:
Dave is a fantastic musician and
friend..... His song "Every Night about this Time' is the greatest
f---ing country song ever written!
Pretty cool, uh?
- The October, 1999 edition of
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
has a 5-page article on Dave Alvin, including 3 photos, lots of
Dave quotes and the transcription of the song, Tall Trees.
- Look for Dave in the 16 Jul 99 edition of Goldmine.
They have a 2-page interview and Dave is even on the
cover (to the lower right of the Ventures)!
- Dave rids a house of Bubble Gum Pop
- A Testimonial from a new Dave fan.
- Dave will appear on the American Routes radio show on NPR - scheduled
to air the week of 9 June nationally. You can find local affiliates
at the American Routes WWW
- The complete Dave Alvin Acoustic Cafe interview of 11/12 1998
can be found online at
The Acoustic Cafe WWW site.
- Dave to appear at an LA book signing: 15 June 1999
- Dave is in the May 1999 issue of Gig magazine with Katy Moffatt.
- Dave will have an online Radio interview 10 April
- An interview with Dave on Blackjack
David appears online at
- Dave appears in the new (April 1999) issue of
Blue Suede News
- Dave Makes a Guest Apperance at a Bughouse
- When Dave was in San Antonio July 26, he stopped by San Antonio
College radio st ation KSYM 90.1 and talked with local journalist Jim
Beal Jr. A Real Audio version of the interview can be found on the
Third Coast Music Network
Sound Archive site.
Recently discoverd old review of Dave in a Philly newspaper
- Here's a few more links to WWW sites which had some top list of albums
Music has Dave in its top 12, and
has Dave at #5. Thanks, Anne for the URLs.
- Twang Magazine has several
recent relevant tidbits. Dave gets a
#9 Album of the
Year on one list and an
Mention on another. Plus Blastered
makes a Top Ten
List as well.
- Billy Davis Reports on Dave Alvin's Austin City Limits
- Listen to Blackjack David Original Versions
courtsey of the Library of Congress!
- 1 Feb 99: Dave is featured in this week's
Hot Star of the
week at Pollstar.com
- Dave Seen at Chicago Jimmie Dale Gilmore/Dale Watson Show
- Dave in Aug '98 American Country Music Monthly
- NO DEPRESSION Features Dave
- The Maintenance Shop
- Cover Model: Dave Alvin
- Dave Alvin: Nice Guy
- Dave and Bill Bateman and Jack's
- A Blasters Reunion?
- Dave and Band Play Jack's Sugar Shack
- The Official Hightone Press Release of the
Rolling Rock Reissue
- First Blaster album to be Re-released!!!!
- Dave Remembers Johnny Guitar Watson
- New Album
- A Small Screen Cameo
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot
- Dave Spotted on the Big Screen
- Dave at Jeffrey Lee Pierce Funeral
- Dave at Dallas
- Dave and Phil Getting Along in Austin
I was in Cleveland Ohio in 1997. Dave was playing Wilberts in the
flats. Having lived in California for many years I've seen Dave play
many times solo and with the Blasters. Before the show I had a chance
to talk to dave and he told me they had played 5 or 6 nights in a row
and they were beat. I thought to myself this will most likely be a
short set. When the band took the stage Dave told the audience what he
told me,Then asked what we wanted, the set list show or we could just
call out requests. You know what we chose! Dave and the band tore that
place down for almost 3 hours! He played every song we asked for and
then some. Forget the grammys Dave should be on mount rushmore!
Submitted by Steve Romick
Dave was playing off the beaten path. On the outskirts of San Antonio
Texas, Ciblo Creek Country Club, (more like a dance hall). My wife, who
listens to Tony Bennett, Nat Cole, well you get the picture -
neo/conservative - went to pick me up from work. I had seen the ad for
the Dave Alvin show, but lo and behold my wife picked me up with our 4
daughters (ages 5-13). Granted this was a school night, yet we showed
up for the show, and NO ONE wanted to leave. My kids even posed for a
picture after the show with Dave, (very gracious) and they still talk about
this event. My kids even say that they "know" THE DAVE ALVIN to their
school friends. Yet the gist of this story is the Musical Floodgates at
the Martinez household was broken, "Thanks Dave"! Instead of singing
the "weekly-one-hit-wonders" our MiniVan blares out THE KING OF
CALIFORNIA. We will drive any where in Texas to see you perform
I saw Dave Alvin close up at the Guinness Fleadh
[ed:???] in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, June 5,
1999. It was my first hearing of anything he's done, although my
brother in Florida has been telling me about him for quite some time.
He was in a tent off to the side of the main stage and I managed to
work my way up to the front, where I saw him do about 6 songs. He
calls it folk music, loud and quiet. I'd say it's a mix of country and
blues. He's got a good, deep country voice that sounded really sharp
through the p.a. system they had. They had really good lighting, with
moving colored lights that followed the soloes and kept time with the
music. He played some hot country and blues licks on the guitar and
had a couple of really good sidemen on piano and pedal steel/lap
steel/mandolin/electric & acoustic guitars. He'd tune his guitar in
the middle of a song when those guys were soloing, so there was no dead
time between songs. He'd go right from one tune to another without a
pause. His act was polished and tight from no doubt long years on the
road. His lyrics had good characters and stories in them. The music
had interesting progressions, with tasty fills and hot licks. It was
good to finally catch up with another American musician/storyteller who
loomed large in his legend and delivered the goods onstage.
sold! Count me another foot soldier in the army of Dave ravers.
Dave will be playing at a Gerald Haslam book signing at Book Soup in LA
on June 15th, 1999. The title of the book is Workin' Man Blues:
Country Music in California and Dave and the Blasters have a strong
presence in this book - with quotes and reference throughout. There is a
San Francisco Examiner Review of the book on the
Dave Alvin taped a segment for Canadien radio some time ago. The show will
air Saturday 4/10.
Here is what the Radio Sonic radio station reports: Dave Alvin fans
anywhere in the world can hear his session on RealAudio, this Saturday
night April 10, 1999, at approximately 8:10PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
(tune in at 8:00PM to be sure- there will be CBC news on from 8 to
8:05PM). To listen on Real Audio, go to
www.radio.cbc.ca and click on
Radio Two. We'll be there!
Dont forget Dave Alvin's Austin City Limits will air the same night on
select PBS stations across the nation. It will be a full night of Dave
SPECIAL NOTE FROM BILLY DAVIS: Will anyone have the means to tape this
off real audio? I will not be able to get it and of course I would love
to hear a tape of it. If you have any leads, let me know. Thanks
Dave Alvin recently played the folk festival in Vancouver. I didn't go,
it cost a whole lotta money, of which I am less than blessed with. The
same night, I did go see a local band called Bughouse 5. (Guest list,
drank water all night, smoked sparingly.) The singer of Bughouse 5 had
also played at the folk festiv al that day. He loves Dave and invited
him to see the show. It was a dark and stormy bar. A lone (actually he
was with a friend) man sat in brooding, cowboy silence ( actually he
seemed quite amiable ). It was, in all his faded denim glory, Dave
As soon as word passed around that he was in the bar, he was slowly
swarmed with rockabilly posers who all wanted to talk about the
Blasters. He patiently sto od for photo after photo, signed autographs
and was absolutely a gentleman. As for me, I was shy, but when finally
introduced to the man I adore, managed to retain my equilibrium, shake
his hand and say with all sincerity "It's an honor to meet you." When
you fall in love with someone's writing, you hope that the real person
is worthy of your intellectual pangs of longing. Usually they aren't.
Dave Alvin is.
Submitted by an anonymous Web Fan
January 29, 1999
Dave Alvin and the Guilty men were invited to tape an episode of the
prestigious concert TV show, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. The PBS broadcast series has
aired for 24 years and has featured concerts by many renowned blues, country
and folk artists. The taping took place before a live audience of 400 at the
KLRU TV studios in Austin Texas. Dave's first impression of playing the ACL
show was, "Fear and panic! It's like playing the Grand Ole Opry or the Apollo.
It's an institution."
Dave Alvin had already been in Austin most of January and February producing
the new Derailers major label debut album. With the pressure of producing and
the ACL taping, Dave brought Chris Gaffney to town to lift their spirits up.
Chris is another West Coast roots rock singer On HighTone records (Dave
produced his last CD) and has a reputation for providing a million laughs.
Dave Alvin often introduces him to the audience as, "One of our best friends
in all the world." After the taping Dave recalled, "Chris has a stand-up
comedians perfect timing."
The band arrived at the studio at 11 am to do a sound check and full run
through of the set. Equipment was provided by the studio. Joe Terry was happy
to play a Hammond B3 organ with a rotating Leslie speaker cabinet. Joining
Dave and the Guilty Men on a few songs would be Austin based harmonica player
Ted Roddy. Ted played on Dave's live Interstate City CD on JUBILEE TRAIN.
Tonight he would reprise his part on the song. They started the rehearsal
going over the songs Roddy would play on. JUBILEE TRAIN was perfect. Next Dave
had a surprise, changing the set list, adding BARN BURNING. Ted wasn't
familiar with the song so Dave played and sang the song on an acoustic guitar
off mic. In only a few minutes they had it down. The band played KING OF
CALIFORNIA, BARN BURNING, and what Dave coined "The American Trilogy": JUBILEE
TRAIN. After running through the whole song list, the last song was to be
AMERICAN MUSIC. But last minute Dave changed to MARIE MARIE and called out to
the producers, "Would it be a problem if we got another human up on the
stage?" Dave then yelled, "Hey Gaffney. You're playing accordion, get up
here." So Chris played and sounded great. He played with song before on Dave's
Italian tour, so he knew the arrangement. After the song, I said to Gaffney,
"Did you know Dave was gonna do that?" He said very sincerely with a pair of
raised eyebrows, "I had no idea at all!!"
Through this web site and Dave Alvin's AMERICAN MUSIC newsletter a lottery
determined 8 lucky fans who were able to travel from all over the country to
see the historic taping.
Show time came and Monte Montgomery opened the show playing for an hour. Dave
was impressed with Monte's playing and stated to the audience, "He may be
better but I'm louder. (laughing)" Each band member was really decked out.
Gregory had a 1940's style suit complete with hat and cigar (Unlit of course).
Dave wore his traditional black jacket but was wearing a turquoise shirt. It's
rare to see Dave with some color on him. Rick wore a jacket with Native
American design accents on the back and sleeves. Chris Gaffney probably looked
the best of all. He had a big white cowboy hat with shades and a cool gray-
green suit. Joe was partly responsible for Chris's choice, "I found that suit
for Gaffney AND convinced him that he needed to have it, which the owner of
the shop then GAVE to him, despite the $60 price tag."
Dave kept the mood light by making jokes to the audience. He talked about
having the make up applied and how he was told if you have to wipe your face -
Dab. Don't rub. Everybody laughed about that. Joe said sarcastically, "I'm
thinking of wearing heavy make-up that gives you a creepy looking tan, all the
They started with KING OF CALIFORNIA which has become a signature song for
Dave. He greeted the audience saying, "It's an honor for a bunch of bar room
guys like us to be on Austin City Limits." Next Dave introduced Teddy Roddy,
"One of the best harmonica players in the known universe," playing BARN
BURNING. Ted left the stage and they went into MARY BROWN, BORDER RADIO, DRY
RIVER, and OUT IN CALIFORNIA. After 2 false starts on this song Dave said,
"I'm glad this isn't live TV." In-between he said, "I hear you have free beer
here. Is there any of that free beer left?" Everybody laughed and Joe Terry
later joked that he wished no one told Dave that he was allowed to restart
songs like that because it was too nerve racking. ABILENE, JUBILEE TRAIN, and
BLACK JACK DAVID flowed right along. 4TH OF JULY was next and took two takes
when Dave thought he heard a defective speaker in his stage monitor. The stage
hands changed the cabinet while Dave and the boys took it all back to the
barroom, launching into what Dave cued them as SHUFFLE IN C. After a minute of
that they played a complete take of 4TH OF JULY. MARIE MARIE finished off the
set with Ted Roddy and Chris Gaffney joining in. Dave's thinking was that,
"Having Ted and Chris at the end gave it a celebratory vibe." It was a
rocking finish, probably way heavier and louder than the ACL people are used
to. One of the final stories Dave told to the crowd was, "I remember being
very young and sitting at the kitchen table in Downey California watching a
show with Townes Van Zandt and Lightnin Hopkins. It was the first time I saw
Austin City Limits. So having seen them on this stage, it's now very
intimidating to be up here."
After the taping the band sat down watching a rough directors mix of the set.
Dave decided on the songs for the 30 minute segment: KING OF CA, BORDER, DRY
RIVER, OUT IN CA, BLACK JACK, and MARIE MARIE. Joe Terry after watching said,
"I was surprised to see that TV actually adds about 35 to 40 pounds on to a
usually fit and slender person such as me!!" Dave had a mixed view of playing
ACL. He said, "It's an institution. On the other hand I felt we deserved to be
there. So I felt cocky and totally intimidated at the same time."
Dave had now finished the Derailers recording and ACL. It was time to unwind.
The following night the legendary Continental club was the place to be.
Outside a neon sign stands out as the only light on the block. But on this
special night, Austin had a full moon looking down over the neon. The small
club featured a revolving mirror ball in front of the stage sending out beams
of light touching every wall. A red sparkle curtain covers the back of the
stage with an eye catching raised chrome Continental Club logo in the center.
What a cool place! This is where Dave recorded his Interstate City Live album.
The Leroi Bros. were the headliners. Dave and Chris Gaffney were somewhere in
the club. Anybody who knows Dave can be sure that when guitars are in the
house and Dave Alvin is in the house, they can't help but come together. A jam
was inevitable. Around 1:45 AM Dave and Chris were called to the Leroi Bros.
stage. Singer Doug Sahm also appeared. The club was due to close at 2 and It
was going out with a bang. They started with Bo Diddley's BEFORE YOU ACCUSE
ME. Doug was taking the vocals, Chris backing, Dave on lead guitar, and the
Leroi Bros. filling out the sound. The next 2 songs were titles I wasn't sure
of -EVERYBODY'S GOIN' BACK TO SAN ANTONE and YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE. Dave then
immediately launched into his favorite bar song - HONKY TONK. He took the
first half on vocals and Chris finished it up on vocals. Unbelievable! You
would think these guys played together all the time. The show was over. The
owner later said that Dave brings the house down everytime, he was right. Good
bye Austin, we thank you!
Dave Alvin's Austin City Limits appearance will be paired with a segment by
Loudin Wainwright on April 10, 1999. A limited number of PBS stations will be
carrying the show on that date. Check your local listings. Monte Montgomery's
concert will air on another as yet to be determined program.
Submitted by Billy Davis
For anyone who has access to the web and is interested in hearing early versions
of the song which Dave has recorded as Blackjack David, I came upon something
fun this morning. The Library of Congress web site has a section called Voices
From The Dust Bowl which is full of field recordings from California work camps
that were done as part of a federally-funded project in 1940 and 1941. This
includes audio files of 2 different versions of this song. One is titled
Blackjack Davy and is sung by Mrs. O. C. Davis. This one is a little rough and
the lyrics offer a different point of view on the tale but it is clearly the
same tune and same story, with a few of the same lines. The other is titled
Black Jack Daisy and is sung by Mrs. Myra Pipkin. This one is nearly identical
to the version recorded by Dave on his most recent disc. Mrs. Pipkin has a
wonderful voice and the recording includes a bit of interview after the song. In
addition, links are offered to a photo and some additional text. It is
fascinating. Access is through the following address:
I found this to be a very cool link to traditional folk music and was amazed to
find the connection to Dave's work. Hope you all do too.
Submitted by Wayne Stevens
Dave was in the audience at the Jimmie Dale Gilmore/Dale Watson show at
Fitzgerald's here in Chicago Saturday, Oct. 24. Jimmie Dale called him
onto stage and Dave proceeded to rip through a rousing rendiditon of
"Honky Tonk Song." The night wore on, Jimmie Dale lost his voice, and
Dave came back onstage (along with his drummer and pedal steel player)
and did another number (Thank s to 3 1/2 hours of alcohol I can't quite
remember which number). This was a great show at a small venue and the
energy was incredible. Dave added a lot to the evening's
I was browsing through the Aug '98 edition of "American Country Music
Monthly", a paper that's given away free in our area of North Florida,
and darned if they didn't have an interview with Dave on page 22 penned
by one Jana Pendragon. In it he talks about the "Blackjack David"
project, songwriting in general and his latest project, producing an
upcoming CD for bluesman King Clarence.[ed: This CD project has
been delayed, although Dave did do some jamming with him before the
summer '98 tour.] Just thought Dave fans who log
on to your excellent service might like to know.
Submitted by Tom Whitney
Dave is featured in the July '98 issue of NO DEPRESSION in a 5 page
article with several photos from throughout his career in the Blasters,
X, and solo.
There is a venue here in Iowa beloved by local artists and touring
pro's alike. It's called "The Maintenance Shop", located in the
student union building on campus at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
The M-Shop actually used to be the repair and service shop for the ISU
motor pool, but many years ago was converted to a cozy little pub with
a stage for performances. Over the last couple of decades the M-Shop
has built a reputation as THE cool place to put on a show, and many
touring pro's actually request a booking when in the area. The place
holds about 125 people-real cozy!!- and the acoustics, reputation,
laid-back atmosphere, and good vibes have earned it many return
performances by artists who know very well they could make 10 or 25
times the money booked in a larger venue, but people seem to LOVE
I had the good fortune to see Dave Alvin there in Sept. of '96. I was
directly in front of the stage, about 8 feet from Dave, and man , what
a show! Dave said he'd been hearing about the M-Shop for 15 years and
was really glad to be there. He signed autographs and talked to fans
after the show, a real nice guy, friendly, and no sign of that evil
showbiz ego some performers are afflicted with. Anyway, that's my cool
show story. Thanks for listening!!
Submitted by Bobby
Dave Alvin will be the cover story of the
July 98 issue of 3rd Coast Music, Kind of a response to No
Depression's naming Alejandro Escovedo Artist of the Decade.
Submitted by John Conquest
Dont Everyone be Trying this Now
That Dave Alvin is not only a brilliant musician. He's also a damn
fine human being.
Here I am sitting in Boston with Dave Alvin, in many ways my musical
prophet, coming to town after putting out a killer new album.
Unfortunately, he's coming to the House of Blues, which is a cheesy
MTV-esque club that even more unfortunately restricts admission to
21+. As a twenty year old college student, I brewed and spit in
frustration, until I was offered the idea to write a letter to Dave and
ask him to put me on the guest list. Brilliant thought.
So I did. That afternoon, I faxed my letter which said that I caught a
couple of his shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, one being a
spiritual experience, a short diatribe against fascistic federal
alcohol policies, and a request for help.
By 9:00 PM with no word from Dave or the House of Blues, I was a little
bummed and resigned myself to a night of procrsatinated homework.
Suddenly, at 10:15, the phone rang. I answered it, and here was the
"Hi," said a man with a gruff voice, "Is this Talli?"
"Talli, this is Dave Alvin. I'm going on in about an hour, and I'm
putting you on the guest list."
My brain exploded. I was excited and pumped to a ridiculous degree.
So I jammed over to the show, got in, and saw Dave, Rick Solem (a god
on the piano), Bobby Lloyd Hicks, and Greg Boaz kick ass. Brilliant
show, and a damn fine time.
30 Dollar Room featured some killer guitar solos by Dave, followed by
an awesome segue into Musuem of Heart. The Jubillee Tain/Do Re
Me/Promised Land montage brought the house down. King of California
and Marie, Marie (enough said). Dave adding his sense of humor and
story telling to Wanda and Duane and Romeo's Escape. Anytime Rick
Solem's finger's touched the keyboard.
Submitted by Talli Somekh
On Tuesday, 20 Jan 98, at Jack's Sugar Shack 10 year anniversary of
Ronnie Mack's Bar Dance, Dave did 2 songs and then brought up Bill
Bateman and they did American Music. Dave Dedicated it to all the blues
guys and Carl Perkins who had died this month.
Submitted by a web page viewer.
Rumors have been circulating around the recent CD release of the Blasters
first album from 1980, that the original Blasters including Dave Alvin will
be doing one show to celebrate the historic release. No word on this
officially but it would be a nice thank you from the band to the fans for
the many years waited. Let's cross our fingers.
Dave spent every Friday in August at L.A.'s Jack's Sugar Shack playing
with the Guilty Men under assumed names as they practiced new material
for the forth coming album. The crowds still came knowing exactly who
the billed KING OF CALIFORNIA was. Each week the band came up with names
for the band like PHIL'S BROTHERS BAND or THE ARTIST FORMALLY KNOWN AS
PHIL'S BROTHER. They had so much fun playing these off the cuff gigs,
they will do it again every Saturday in October, on the 18th opening
for The Derailers and the 25th for Chris Gaffney.
HIGHTONE TO REISSUE BLASTERS AMERICAN MUSIC
FIRST TIME CD INCLUDES SIX UNRELEASED TRACKS
OAKLAND, CA - HighTone Records has announced it will
reissue for the first time on CD the classic debut from The Blasters,
American Music, on September 16, with the new version of the album
containing six previously unreleased tracks. HighTone will also issue
the album on a special double vinyl format as well, with one LP
containing the original tracks and one 12 inch record containing the
unreleased material. All of the songs are being remastered with the
participation of ex-Blaster and current HighTone artist Dave Alvin.
HighTone Records CDs are distributed nationally by Rhino/WEA.
Originally released in 1980 on "Rockin" Ronny Weiser's Los
Angeles-based Rolling Rock label with a limited pressing of two thousand
copies, American Music has become a valuable collector's item, fetching
$100 and up on the market. Produced by Weiser, the album was recorded
in a Van Nuys garage on the kind of no-frills equipment that perfectly
captured the excitement and raw power of The Blasters, the Downey,
California band that bridged the gap between roots rock and punk music.
The band included brothers Dave and Phil Alvin on guitar and vocals
respectively, plus drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz. Several
songs on the album, such as "Marie, Marie" and the title track, became
staples of The Blasters live shows, and in-turn appeared later on both
Blasters and Dave Alvin solo recordings. In addition to several
excellent originals written by the brothers Alvin, the American Music
reissue's 19 tracks feature songs by a number of the band's rock 'n'
roll, blues, and country idols, such as Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Haley and
Billy Boy Arnold. A few of the previously-unreleased songs include Hank
Ballard's "Love 24 Hours a Day," Howlin' Wolf's "So Glad" and Magic
Sam's "21 Days In Jail."
"This is a flat-out rockin' album, played by a
bunch of young guys who loved the music and recorded before we got
exposed to the perils of the music industry," said Dave Alvin in
recalling American Music. "American Music is a seminal piece of
American rock 'n' roll history , sought by collectors all over the
world," said HighTone Records managing partner Larry Sloven. "We are
especially proud and excited to be associated with its return to the
Reliable high-up sources reveal that Hightone has agreed to re-release the
Blaster's first album on the Rolling Rock Label, American
Music. Rumor is Dave will be producing it and the release date is
I had the opportunity to hang out with Dave & co. one night about 4, or
5 months ago in Mill Valley, California at the SweetWater Tavern. Dave
actually remembered me from a Chicano Rockabilly band I was in that
opened for the Blasters in Sacramento, California back in 1981. I was
impressed (and flattered) by that alone. Dave had me laughing my ass
off as he recounted the sleazy club owner (who incidentally ripped-off
both bands that evening), The look and smell of the crappy, converted
theater we played, as well as, in his words; "One hell of a version of
Don & Dewey's 'Jungle Hop' you guys played!" All I could do was blush,
say thanks and look at the ground. We went on talking about the recent
death of Johhny "Guitar" Watson and later that evening during one of
the sets, Dave and the band ripped into this slow, lowdown riff. During
the low rumbling of the intro Dave said something about a great guitar
player who had just passed and the impact that said player had on a
certain Mr. Alvin. This was the coolest version of "Gangster of Love" I
have ever heard. As they did this Dave shot a look in my direction and
just smiled. I hoisted my glass and shouted, "For Johnny, man!" Dave
nodded and then preceded to rip it up. If Walt Whitman, or John
Steinbeck played guitar they would have been Dave Alvin. He is truly
a gifted artist and a gentleman, through and through.
Submitted by Jaime, who forgot to give me his email address.
Rich Pirone talked to Dave
after a recent show in PA and found out he (Dave, not Rich) is working
on a new album which he expects will be released in January, 1998.
Dave can be seen briefly (and has a few lines!) as a chauffeur in the
American Playhouse miniseries "Tales of the City," which is available on
It's six hours long and Dave is only in it for a couple of minutes
(somewhere in the middle), but it's still very much worth watching.
I was at a show by The Derailers, whose record Alvin
produced, when I ran into Him in the bathroom. (This was in mid-1996 at
the Foothill Club in Signal Hill.) Inebriated, I wandered into the
bathroom, to use the trough, where I found myself standing next to one
Dave Alvin. Insofar as my voicebox and mind were separated by a river
of beer, I ventured "There's a familiar face," following this with a
well-intended remark about how the Derailers sounded even better live.
Alvin, who may have been in his cups as well (?), parried by gruffly
pointing out, "Well, I produced that record." Realizing the gravity
of what had just transpired, I excused myself and stumbled back to the
gig. (At this show, I believe Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, another
Alvin-produced disc, also were playing, though I am not sure. The
Derailers hit The Foothill twice last year and this was their second
Submitted by Theo Douglas
Ron Cheney reports seeing Dave playing
a body guard in the movie Floundering, now available on
Jeffrey Lee Pierce Funeral
Jeffrey Lee Pierce, vocalist and guitarist of
The Gun Club
died earlier this year after slipping into a coma. He had a Buddhist
funeral ceremony on 10 April, 1996. Dave Alvin attended. Dave played
on two tracks of the band's
Las Vegas Story LP, released in
1984, and was a good friend of Jeffrey's.
Submitted by Hellione
Dave Reads and Plays in Dallas
Dave was in Dallas, TX a couple of months ago (~Feb 1996) to give a
concert at Sons of Herman Hall, but before the show he
gave a reading at Borders Books & Music. He read from his
new book of poetry, Any Rough Times Are Behind You Now.
There were maybe 6 people there to hear him, and he was great.
"A Poem for Demi Moore's Mother," and "My Mother Fell" were two stand outs.
Submitted by Erica
Dave Joins Blasters on Stage at Antones
October, 1995:During the recent Blasters/Beat Farmers tour,
the Blasters played in Austin while Dave was there recording the Derailers
(see the Recent News section) and Dave came
up during the encore to help with Marie Marie and Hear me
Cryin'. After the show, Dave and Phil kept most of the fans away,
talking between themselves and generally having a good time the back of the
club. It was all this
reporter could to to keep from trying to get Phil and Dave to join him in the
instant photo booth right behind them. Lost opportunities....
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