Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1979, the Blasters were one of the leading proponents of the so-called US roots rock revival of the 80s. Originally comprising Phil Alvin (vocals), his songwriter brother Dave Alvin (11 November 1955; guitar), John Bazz (bass) and Bill Bateman (b. 16 December 1951; drums), the bands first album in 1980 was American Music on the small Rollin Rock label. Incorporating rockabilly, R&B, country and blues, the album was critically applauded for both Dave Alvins songwriting and the bands ability to update the age-old styles without slavishly recreating them.
Switching to the higher-profile Slash label in 1981, the band released a self-titled album that was also well received. Pianist Gene Taylor was added to the line-up and 50s saxophonist Lee Allen guested (and later toured with the group). With Slash picking up distribution from Warner Brothers Records, the album...
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