- Released: June 16, 1998
- Label: Hightone Records
- 1.Blackjack David
- 3.New Highway
- 4.California Snow
- 5.Evening Blues
- 6.The Way You Say Goodbye
- 7.Mary Brown
- 8.Laurel Lynn
- 10.From a Kitchen Table
- 11.Tall Trees
This is a Hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Greg Leisz (guitar); Brantley Kearns (violin); Doug Wieselman (clarinet, organ); Dillon O'Brian (accordion, electric piano, harmonium); Chris Gaffney (accordion); Dan McGough (organ); Dave Jackson (acoustic & electric basses); David Pilch, Gregory Boaz (acoustic bass); Bob Glaub (electric bass); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at Media Vortex Studio, Burbank, California between February & March, 1998. Includes liner notes by Dave Alvin and Dave Hoekstra.
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Greg Leisz (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, banjo, mandola, mandolin); Brantley Kearns (fiddle); Dillon O'Brian (accordion, electric piano, harmonium); Chris Gaffney (accordion); Doug Wieselman (clarinet, organ); Dan McGough (organ); Gregory Boaz, David Piltch (acoustic bass); Bob Glaub (electric bass); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Paul DuGre.
Liner Note Authors: Dave Alvin; Dave Hoekstra.
Recording information: Media Vortex Studio (02/1998-03/1998); Paul And Mike's Studio (02/1998-03/1998).
Photographer: Issa Sharp.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gregory Boaz; David Piltch; Bob Glaub; Bobby Lloyd Hicks ; Brantley Kearns.
Arranger: Dave Alvin.
Former Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin's deep, honest, no-bull vocal style provides the perfect vehicle for his musically adept and emotionally sincere songwriting on BLACKJACK DAVID. Produced by Greg Leisz, the album's eleven majestic cuts represent the best of what country and folk are all about--gutsy and real, powerful and brave, no production tricks, just pure, suberbly-crafted music.
A striking feature of BLACKJACK DAVID is its use of wide open spaces--each song stretches and breathes, and each story ebbs and swells within a wide dynamic range. The wistful "Abilene" uses harmonium swells and tremolo guitar (courtesy of Leisz, who dips into a wide sonic pallette throughout the album) to propel its nomadic narrative. "Evening Blues," an elegant acoustic number, sticks to gentle, evocative fingerpicking and harmonics, fleshed out with accordion and gentle percussion.