Living Blues - p.52
"In his wide-ranging musical explorations and consistently tasteful blues sensibility Alvin is similar to the late Doug Sahm..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1034 stars out of 5
-- "These are mostly songs the Californian singer-guitarist grew up on, and as varied a bunch as you'd expect from a longtime music collector."
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, National guitar); Christy McWilson (vocals); Greg Leisz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin); Chris Montez Miller (electric guitar, slide guitar); Danny Barnes (banjo); Gabe Witcher (violin); Jack Rudy (harmonica); Jesus "El Gordo" Cuevas (accordion); David Witham, Joe Terry (organ); Gregory Boaz (acoustic bass); Don Heffington (drums, percussion); Bobby Lloyd Hicks (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jim Scott .
Liner Note Author: Dave Alvin.
Recording information: Leon Haywood's Eve-Jim Studio, Los Angeles, CA (10/2005-01/2006); Winslow Court Studio, Hollywood, CA (10/2005-01/2006).
Photographers: Deone Jahnke; Issa Sharp.
Arrangers: Greg Leisz; Dave Alvin.
Alt country musician Dave Alvin's compendium of covers of California-centric songs includes a doo-wop rendition of Brian Wilson's "Surfer Girl," a gutbucket blues version of John Fogerty's "Don't Look Now," and a downbeat rendition of John Stewart's "California Bloodlines." Alvin's baritone growl lends a warm intimacy to this collection of hymns to his home state.