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April 8, 2014
  • Yep Roc Records is taking preorders for Dave and Phil Alvins' Common Ground due for release on June 3. When you preorder the CD and vinyl LP, you can order a limited edition Dave and Phil Belt Buckle. goto
April 7, 2014
  • April 19, 2014 is record store day. Yep Roc records will release a double 10" vinyl limited edition set of 4 songs from Dave and Phil Alvins' forthcoming Yep Roc Records release 'Common Ground.' You must go to a participating record store to buy this exclusive release.
February 19, 2014
  • Dave and Phil Alvin premiere a new track from the forthcoming Common Ground album here.
February 8, 2014
  • American Music # 70 February 2014 The Special 20th Anniversary Issue is now online featuring Danny Bland on 'In Case We Die,' Dave Alvin's 2013 Facebook Diary, and some words from the AM staff.
February 2, 2014
  • February 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Issue #1 of American Music: The Blasters / Dave Alvin Newsletter. Expect issue #70 to be released this week.
January 1, 2014
  • The American Music Newsletter #69 December 2013 has just been released featuring The Mike Eldred Trio interview, Rick Shea on his new CD 'Sweet Bernardine,' and the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
December 21, 2013
  • Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody. Expect a brand new Blasters newsletter to drop any day now with some exciting big news.
December 8, 2013
  • Phil and Dave Alvin will be be aboard together on the Roots on the Rails train trip from Chicago to Albuquerque on April 11-15, 2014
September 24, 2013
  • The Blasters and the band 'X' have announced 'The Family Christmas Tour' with both of them touring together for the first time. It runs from November 29 in Phoenix and up the west coast ending in Seattle on December 21. Watch for updates
July 13, 2013
  • Adios Lounge has posted a retrospective of Phil Alvin's 1986 solo album Unsung Stories. Check it out here.
July 2, 2013
June 22, 2013
  • BRAND NEW DAVE ALVIN! Featured on The Lone Ranger: Wanted album inspired by the forthcoming movie, you'll find Dave Alvin's version of "Lonesome Whistle". Check out the full track listing and pre-order here
June 3, 2013
On June 4, 2013 The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released. Look for the CD to be sold at Dave Alvin shows right now. Amazon lists a number of formats available: A delux CD/DVD, A hardcover cook, and a standard CD. On iTunes you can buy the music and a digital book as well.

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is a collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King that features an all-star cast of singers on the soundtrack album, including Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin. The musical is now available to stream "John Mellencamp, Stephen King, T Bone Burnett's 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' Album Premiere - Speakeasy - WSJ

Here are 3 favorite songs for you to Sample


May 31, 2013
  • Tuesday June 4, 2013, is a very important day In 'Blasters history' (or 'Blastory'). The rock opera CD "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' is released featuring the first ever recordings of Phil and Dave Alvin singing together (this was recorded before Dave and Phil did "Whats Up With Your Brother" on Eleven Eleven. Check out a trailer for the CD on youtube.
May 8, 2013
  • The American Music Newsletter # 68 May 2013 is out now featuring coverage of the Phil Alvin Benefit concert, Dave Alvin as a song co-writer, Dwight Yoakam's association with the Blasters and all the latest news.
March 31, 2013
  • The 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' CD featuring Phil and Dave Alvin is due for release on June 4.
February 23, 2013
  • A limited edition T-shirt was printed for the Phil Alvin Benefit. A few are still available and for sale online here.
February 2, 2013
  • The Phil Alvin Benefit show was a great success. You can find many reviews on the internet and videos on youtube. The BlastersNewsletter will have full coverage next issue. Artist Gary Houston designed a limited edition poster for the event. A few are left and can be purchased on All profits from the poster go to Phil Alvin's medical relief fund.
January 6, 2013
  • The Phil Alvin benefit show on 1/26 at The Observatory in Santa Ana CA is now sold out. If you would like to contribute to Phil's medical relief fund by mail: Make checks payable to New Highway INC. and send to New Highway INC., 1563 Solano Ave. #439, Berkeley, CA, 94707
January 1, 2013
  • American Music # 67 for December 2012 is out now. It includes a story on the 25th Anniversary of Dave Alvin's first solo album Romeo's Escape, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD release is announced, A Dave Alvin's Christmas song, and the latest news.
December 6, 2012
  • American Music #67 will be released soon featuring an extensive interview of Dave Alvin for the 25th Anniversary of his first solo album "Romeo's Escape."
December 2, 2012
  • The Blasters with Dave Alvin will perform together for a Phil Alvin benefit on January 26, 2013 in Santa Ana CA at The Observatory to raise funds for Phil's medical bills. A Fender custom shop replica of Dave Alvin's infamous Mustang guitar (used in the early Blasters days), autographed by the Blasters will be auctioned off.
November 14, 2012
  • Rolling Stone magazine has reported that "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD sound track will be released on March 19, 2012. The rock opera project features Phil and Dave Alvin on 5 songs. Read more about it here.
October 26, 2012
  • Look for Dave Alvin making a surprise appearance at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame show on saturday 10/27/12 in Cleveland at a Tribute to Chuck Berry.
October 10, 2012
  • Check out an extensive Dave Alvin interview on the WTF Podcast here.
October 9, 2012
  • Phil Alvin will be performing with Exene Cervenka of X on a bill with Petunia and the Vipers on a 6 date tour of Southern California October 8 - 14.
October 8, 2012
  • Dave Alvin Guitar Stolen in San Francisco -- Dave Alvin said on his facebook page: "Had an amazing and exhausting weekend at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. I have wonderful memories of playing with The Guilty Ones with my dear brother Phil joining us, the tribute to Doug Sahm (with Boz Scaggs, Derek O'Brien, Jimmie Vaughan, Delbert McClinton and Boz's tough band) and, of course, The Knitters. Sadly, though, these memories are now badly tarnished by the fact that someone (I'm trying to refrain from using profanity) STOLE my beloved Jerry Jones single cutaway Neptune baritone guitar that I play with the Knitters. If anyone in the Bay area sees this in any pawn shops or on the streets of San Francisco, please let me know. Thanks. --Dave"
October 7, 2012
  • Listen to Dave Alvin in performance and interview on the BBC Radio Scotland show 'Another Country' here.
September 26, 2012
  • Yep Roc records will release 2 Dave Alvin albums on vinyl before the end of 2012 - Ashgrove and West Of The West. Each will contain a bonus track.
July 28, 2012
  • The Blasters 'Fun On Saturday Night' CD just hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Chart.  RMR
July 3, 2012
  • American Music: The Blasters Newsletter #66 July 2012 is now available online. This issue features coverage of the Blasters Fun On Saturday Night CD, Phil Alvin's 'Miracle' recovery in Spain, and a review of the Troubadour Blues DVD.
  • Today July 3, 2012 The Blasters release their new CD Fun On Saturday Night on Rip Cat Records.
July 2, 2012
  • Update On Phil Alvin by Phil Alvin today: “Billy, I am already better. Out of the hospital and on my way home Thursday or Saturday. Unbelievable but true - I am in perfect health. ‘Yo soy a Valenciano!’ The flatlining removed my desire to smoke as well. We are on our way to immortality - I swear to you!”
  • Expect a new American Music newsletter on July 3 with the full story on Phil and the new Blasters CD.
June 26, 2012
  • John Bazz update on Phil Alvin: "We're here in Spain with Phil until Thursday. His cousin Paul flew in yesterday and is staying with Phil until he's released and is probably going to fly back to LA with him too. Today Phil is walking, talking and breathing on his own. Kinda wish he was silent again, as he has turned into a real task master and has us all jumping through hoops!"
June 25, 2012
  • The Blasters all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' will be released on July 3, 2012 on Rip Cat Records. Please order the CD directly from Rip Cat. You can hear a sample of the album streaming here.
June 25, 2012
  • Dave Alvin update on Phil Alvin: "For all of you who've been asking, here's a short version of my brother Phil's situation: My brother did NOT have a heart attack and he is NOT in a coma. Phil had trouble breathing after a performance in Valencia, Spain last week. He was taken to a hospital where an emergency tracheotomy was performed so he could breathe. Thankfully, his vocal chords were left untouched. The reason for his breathing difficulty is still being determined and he is still in ICU but Phil IS RECOVERING slowly and surely. The Blasters are there with him and family members and friends are on the way. Sincere heartfelt thanks from me to all of you for all of your support through this rough time."
June 23, 2012
  • Dave Alvin updates us regarding Phil in the hospital in Spain: "Long story short: After a couple of rough days, my brother Phil (truly One Bad Stud) is recovering slowly but steadily and is in excellent medical hands in Spain. Sincere thanks to all of you who have been sending him your positive vibes, healing thoughts, prayers, non-prayers, best wishes, jokes, memories, etc. It means a lot to Phil, our family and me. Thank you."
June 21, 2012
  • The Blasters have had to cancel their June/July 2012 European Tour because of a health issue with Phil Alvin. Dave Alvin issued a statement on facebook: "As some of you may have heard through various grapevines, my brother Phil has been hospitalized in Spain. Things are still up in the air regarding his medical condition so I won't say anything else now except that Phil needs some of your positive thoughts, best wishes, good vibes, corny jokes, etc. Needless to say, The Blasters have cancelled their summer European tour."
June 12, 2012
  • The Blasters all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' is now due for release on July 3, 2012 on Rip Cat records. Here is the track listing: 1. Well Oh Well 2. Jackson 3. Breath Of My Love 4. Fun On Saturday Night 5. No Nights By Myself 6. Love Me With A Feeling 7. I Don't Want Cha 8. Please Please Please 9. Rock My Blues Away 10. Penny 11. The Yodeling Mountaineer 12. Maria Maria
May 28, 2012
  • The Blasters will release an all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' on June 17, 2012 on Rip Cat records.
April 6, 2012
  • The release date of Dave Alvin's expanded edition of Eleven Eleven has been delayed until 5/15/12 by Yep Roc Records.
February 15, 2012
  • American Music # 65 February 2012 is out now. Featuring stories on: The Blasters shows fronted by Dave Alvin, ‘The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ announced, Eleven Eleven Deluxe CD Edition, more Dave Alvin music on 'Justified', The Blasters on the East Coast 2011, and The Original Blasters New Years Eve party.
January 17, 2012
  • Dave Alvin is set to release an expanded edition of Eleven Eleven on April 17. It will include two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Signal Hill" and "Never Trust A Woman," a live performance DVD, a live recording of Eleven Eleven, and a repackaging of the original full-length album - over 3 hours of music.
December 16, 2011
  • Happy Birthday! Today Blasters' drummer Bill Bateman turns 60 and is still smashing the skins!
November 23, 2011
  • Phil Alvin is recovering from knee surgery and will not be able to perform on the Blasters December west coast tour. All shows are canceled except San Diego, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, and Ventura. At those 4 shows, Dave Alvin will front the Blasters in place of Phil.
November 20, 2011
November 11, 2011
  • Happy Birthday to Dave Alvin today on Eleven, Eleven, Eleven day! An all "Eleven Eleven" coverage issue of the American Music newsletter will be released very very soon.
July 19, 2011
  • Watch a performance/Interview of Dave Alvin at Rolling Stone here talking about and performing acoustic songs from Eleven Eleven.
June 1, 2011
  • Dave Alvin's new CD Eleven Eleven is due out on 6/21/11. You can preorder it now and receive exclusive bonus stuff here.
March 20, 2011
  • In Austin Texas this week, Dave Alvin unveiled his new band "The Guilty Ones." The band includes Dave, Chris Miller on guitars, Lisa Pankratz on drums, and Brad Fordham on bass. Look for this lineup on tour all summer.
December 15, 2010
  • American Music The Blasters / Dave Alvin newsletter # 63 December 2010 is out now. It includes The Blasters and Dave Alvin at Fitzgerald's American Music festival, The Mississippi Sheiks DVD Tribute and Stories from the road. Read it here.
November 21, 2010
  • The Gene Taylor Blues band with Dave Alvin has scheduled a December tour in California opening up in Fresno on December 9. Dont miss it. They finish off the tour on New Years Eve at The Redwood bar and Grill in Los Angeles with The Original Blasters.
June 7, 2010
  • American Music #62 June 2010 is out here. It includes The Blasters spring 2010 east coast tour, Rick Shea on his ‘Shelter Valley Blues’ CD. Stanley Wycoff on his ‘Swim Into The Whirlpool’ CD, and all the latest news
June 1, 2010
  • The Blasters with Phil, John, Bill, and Keith are booked with special guest Dave Alvin to perform at Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival in Berwyn IL on July 4th weekend for two shows.
April 12, 2010
  • Monday April 12 Phil Alvin begins a weekly acoustic gig at the Redwood Bar & Grill at 316 W. 2nd Street in Los Angeles 90012. Dave Alvin is expected to make a special appearance as will some other surprise guests.
April 2, 2010
  • The Blasters start today with a pair of Florida shows on 4/2 at Skippers in Tampa and 4/3 in Coconut Creek FL at the Coconut Creek Casino.
January 18, 2010
  • American Music The Blasters/ Dave Alvin newsletter # 61 January 2010 is now online. This issue includes: The Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women 2009 USA Tour and the Blasters 2009 tour of Europe. Also part 2 of Dave Alvin's Discography of digital download songs.
  • Note: I am discontinuing the print edition of the newsletter. It will still be viewable and printable online. To receive an email notice when a newsletter is made available online, sign up on the confidential yahoo "Announcement only list" (in the left column on this page) or just send a request to and I'll put you on that list.
January 11, 2010
  • On April 4-9, 2010 you can ride 'The Kings of California Train' with Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and special guests Steve Young and Thad Beckman. The train leaves Los Angeles to Portland OR and returns. For info: or call 866-484-3669 toll-free US/Canada
October 30, 2009
  • On November 8, 2009 McCabe's in Santa Monica CA will host "REMEMBERING AMY FARRIS,"  a memorial show for the departed Guilty Women fiddle player. Dave Alvin will perform along with Stan Ridgway, Peter Case, I See Hawks, and more.
October 18, 2009
  • American Music #60 is now online. Featuring Dave Alvin song by song on the Chris Gaffney Tribute CD, Musicians comments on playing on the CD, and an interview with the songwriters of Gaffney's last song.
October 12, 2009
  • Hear Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women live on the Etown Radio show airing the week of Oct 14-20, 2009. Click here to find an NPR station near you.
September 22, 2009
  • Downey California's landmark Johnies Broiler restaurant is set to re-open as 'Bob's Big Boy Broiler.' The 50's style decor and interior of a drive-in/car-hop/coffee shop is still there, it's just a different name. The 8 year battle to keep the historic structure from being demolished has been won by the Friends of Johnies. Congratulations! The Broiler Coalition is holding a "Cruise In " on 9/26/09 from 11am-4PM at 7447 Firestone Blvd in Downey. It's free and all are invited. The Blasters will perform at 6 PM. 
September 10. 2009
August 6, 2009
  • The Blasters will be live on the radio this Saturday 8/8/09 at 12 Noon P.S.T. on 87.9 FM in San Francisco. The Show can be heard live in The Bay area and L.A. You can listen on-line at or in the alternative section on iTunes. Bay Area Blasters fans are invited to come down to the studio and watch the interview and performance live at 2781 21st Street (cross street is Florida St.) in the Mission District of San Francisco. The zip code is 94110. Later, an archived podcast will be made available.
July 10, 2009
  • Village Records is now handling on-line orders for the Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men DVD "Live at the Great American Music Hall" and the Gen Taylor featuring Dave Alvin CD  "Live!!! 608 Boogie!!!"
July 8, 2009
Note: Contest is now Closed on 7/10/09

YOU COULD WIN !!!! - Dave Alvin Meet & Greet in New York and Philadelphia July 10-11, 2009

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women are doing two highly anticipated concerts this weekend in Philadelphia at the World Cafe on 7/10 and in New York City at the Highline Ballroom on 7/11.

In honor of this special event, 'American Music: the Blasters Dave Alvin newsletter' will host 10 contest winners at each venue for a special after show meet and greet with Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women.

The first 10 contest entrants who have the correct answer to the following question will win the meet and greet opportunity. Note: you must purchase your own admission to the concert

Question: What song on Dave Alvin's new Guilty Women record has he recorded before with the Blasters? Email your answer to

Your email subject header should read "Dave Alvin Meet and Greet Philadelphia" or "Dave Alvin Meet and Greet NYC." There will be 10 winners for each show.If you are a winner, you will receive an email with instructions. Contest closes 6 PM day of each show.    Good luck

July 3, 2009
  • American Music #59 is now online. Featuring Dave Alvin's Guilty Women CD, a review of Dave Alvin and the Guilty Mens' Great American Music Hall DVD, and a Blasters discography for record collectors.
July 2, 2009
  • A Dave Alvin's Fur Peace Ranch concert from May of '09 will air Friday 7/3/09 at 7 PM ET on southern Ohio's WOUB or listen to WOUB-FM's live stream. The taped concert will repeat on Saturday at midnight and Monday at 1:00 a.m.
June 12, 2009
  • Blasters Newsletter # 59 is due out before the end of June. It will feature Dave Alvin going song-by-song thru the "Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women" CD. Stay tuned.
June 6, 2009
  • Check out these original versions of songs the Blasters have covered over the years. Here.
May 16 , 2009
  • May 26 is the day Dave Alvin releases two CDs on Yep Roc Records: A Dave Alvin studio recorded album called "Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women" and the Chris Gaffney Tribute album "Man of Somebody's Dreams" which is executive produced by Dave Alvin. Both can be pre-ordered here with a chance to win a limited edition autographed print of the Guilty Women album cover.


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