11 November 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA. The country guitarist Dave Alvin had a successful career with his brother Phil in the Blasters, whose best-known song, Marie Marie, was a UK hit for Shakin Stevens. On leaving the band, he worked with the punk band X and scored the movie Border Radio. His solo albums are typical of his career, being a mixture of rockabilly, blues, country and rock n roll. He has recorded with Rosie Flores and Jo-El Sonnier, and produced, arranged and played guitar on Sonny Burgess Tennessee Border. Alvin is renowned as a fine songwriter, a modern day acoustic troubadour steeped in the traditional American music forms of folk, blues and country. He has co-written material with Chris Gaffney and Tom Russell, and co-produced the Merle Haggard tribute album (Tulare Dust) with Russell. 1996s Interstate City, recorded at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas, was a powerful live album. The...
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