Dave Alvin Biography

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. 1996’s Interstate City, recorded at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas, was a powerful live album. The follow-up, Blackjack David, was even better; on songs such as ‘Abilene’ and ‘California Snow’ Alvin’s narrative skills reached striking new heights.

In the new millennium, Alvin continued to record as a solo artist and tour with his band the Guilty Men. In spring 2002, he rejoined the original line-up of the Blasters for a series of reunion shows.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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