May 12 , 2009 The Gene Taylor Blues band featuring Dave Alvin has released the CD "Live !!! 605 Boogie !!!" today. Buy it here. Read a review of it here.
May 12 , 2009 Dave Alvin's song "Everett Reuss" is NPR radio's song of day coinciding with the discovery of the 75 year old remains of Everett Ruess in Utah. More
March 6 , 2009 Listen in on Sunday March 8th to an interview of Dave Alvin on the Juke Joint radio show hosted by Jon Noe. Tune in to 90.7 FM KSER at 1 PM Pacific. Listen online at 90.7 KSER | Independent Public Radio
March 2 , 2009 Dave Alvin Update: The "Dave Alvin and Guilty Women" CD is due out May 21. The Chris Gaffney Tribute "Man of Somebody's Dreams" is also out on May 21. Dave's long awaited "Live at The Great American Music Hall" DVD is now available for sale at shows and will be available thru DaveAlvin.net soon. The 'Gene Taylor Blues band featuring Dave Alvin' CD "605 Boogie!!!" is due for release soon. The Doug Sahm Tribute CD called "Keep Your Soul" is due out March 24 and includes Dave Alvin's version of "Dynamite Woman." Dave Alvin will be out on tour all summer with the Guilty Women. Look for the next American Music Newsletter in May.
December 6, 2008 American Music #58 is out now featuring: Dave Alvin’s HighTone Years CD, The 1st Annual Dog and Pony Show review, and the first Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women show.
November 14, 2008 The Gene Taylor Blues Band CD titled "Live!!! 805 Boogie!!!" will see an advance release in the next few weeks. It will be available at shows, via mail-order thru yeproc.com and DaveAlvin.net. Watch for updates.
November 11, 2008 Happy Birthday to Dave Alvin today! The latest edition of the Blasters Newsletter is due out soon. Read about Dave's new 'Best of the HighTone Years' CD and new CDs by The Gene Taylor Blues Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women (yes I did say 'women'), and the Chris Gaffney tribute album.
October 21, 2008 On October 28, 2008 Shout Factory Records will release the CD Dave Alvin: Best of the HighTone Years. If you preorder the CD from Newbury Comics, it comes with an autographed promotional booklet. Supplies are limited so order soon. Newbury Comics
August 23, 2008 The Knitters are playing a one-off show in New York City at Lincoln Center on Sunday August 24, 2008. The free show is at 5 PM at Damrosch Bandshell on 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam.
August 19, 2008 American Music #57 is out now featuring Bill Bateman on his return to the Blasters. Also Dave Gonzalez is interviewed about the new Hacienda Brothers CD 'Arizona Motel', and James Intveld on his new record ‘Have Faith.’
August 13, 2008 Blasters Newsletter #57 will be out in a few days. It will feature an interview with Bill Bateman about his replacing Jerry Angel as the Blasters drummer. Also an interview with Dave Gonzalez on the Hacienda Brothers new album Arizona Motel And James Intveld on his new 2008 CD Have Faith.
August 5, 2008 Dave Alvin will be making surprise special appearances at the coming weekend Dave Gonzalez (of the Hacienda Bros.) gigs In Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Winters.
July 17, 2008 On Labor Day weekend (August 30 - Sept. 1) Safari Sam's in Los Angeles will host the first annual "Dog and Pony show" benefit music festival for sick musicians. Appearing at the 3-day event will be The Blasters, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, The Knitters, The Hacienda Brothers, The Cold Hard Facts, Big Sandy and many more.
June 25, 2008 The Blasters announced today that Jerry Angel, their drummer of 14 years has left the band. Jerry has joined a band called Shurman, who will be offering much work and touring than the Blasters. Taking over the drum stool will be 'Original Blasters' drummer Bill Bateman. We wish Jerry all the best and welcome back Bill.
June 21, 2008 Blasters Newsletter #56 is out now. It's the All Chris Gaffney Tribute issue. Featuring 19 pages of comments from just a few of Gaff's friends and band mates. Also reviews of the April 30, 2008 Gaffney memorial concert.
June 3, 2008 Blasters Newsletter #56 is due out soon. It will be an all Chris Gaffney Tribute issue with words from the musicians in these pages who knew him. While you wait, take a look back at this very-fun interview I did with Chris back in 2000 for his last solo album. American Music # 26
April 29, 2008 The Chris Gaffney Memorial -- April 30, 2008 Long Beach, CA -- Comedian Andy Kindler and the Gaffney family will be hosting a night of stories and music at "The Cellar." Special guests include Dave Alvin and The Guilty Men, The Hacienda Brothers, The Cold Hard Facts, The Blasters, Bill Kirchen, and many other friends. The Cellar’s information is available at: www.myspace.com/thecellarlbc Address: 201 E. Broadway, Downtown Long Beach, located on the Promenade at Broadway The memorial celebration begins at 3pm. Donations are graciously accepted and deeply appreciated.
April 17, 2008 Chris Gaffney, a beloved husband, revered entertainer, precious father, dear uncle, trusted friend, cherished brother has succumbed to liver cancer Chris Gaffney passed away this morning, April 17, 2008 in the Orange County hospital in California with his wife Julie at his side. He suffered a fall at home last night and died in his sleep after being admitted to the hospital. Further details are unavailable at this time. Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.
April 10, 2008 Johnies (Harvey's) Broiler Is To Be Rebuilt Downey CA - Bob's Big Boy signed a lease and the operator intends to rebuild the structure trying to uphold the integrity of the 1958 building. This is amazing everyone!!! Simply historic that this has occurred. All of your support and efforts all of these years have paid off in a huge way. We are indebted to all of your efforts over the past seven years. This is a huge win for our community and for American culture. ---- Analisa (Friends of Harvey's/Johnie's Coalition)
March 24, 2008 Our good friend Chris Gaffney has been diagnosed with liver cancer and has been forced off the road. Please visit his web site to leave messages for Chris and his family and donate to the 'Chris Gaffney Recovery fund.'
March 19, 2008 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Those Lonely Lonely Nights" with Chris Gaffney and the Gene Taylor Blues Band On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net This month's song is very, very special for me. Last December, Chris Gaffney joined me on stage with The Gene Taylor Blues Band and sang Earl King's classic 1955 blues ballad, "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights." As great as Earl King's original recording is, Chris and I have always loved the version by Johnny "Guitar" Watson also cut in '55. Besides a typically passionate vocal, Watson's version features one of my favorite guitar solos of all time - as simple and effective as a Zen haiku or a punch in the face (I try to replicate Watson's furious, one note attack in the first chorus of my solo before heading off in my own direction). Needless to say, Chris sings the hell out of it. As some of you who are fans of his solo recordings and his CDs with The Hacienda Brothers already know, Chris is one of contemporary roots music's greatest singers. Whether the song is country, soul, blues, rock and roll, norteno or even Sinatra pop, Chris delivers the musical and emotional goods like few others can these days. All this brings me to some very sad news. My best friend Chris Gaffney is seriously ill and requires some costly medical treatments. Unfortunately, most of us understand the tough financial reality of the health industry these days and know that every little bit helps in paying the various bills. To help Chris cover his medical expenses, his family has put together a website where all of his friends and fans around the world can donate to the Gaffney cause. The webpage will be up and running in the next week or so, as soon as the doctors give his family an estimate of what his treatments will cost. Please check back at my website, davealvin.net, in the next week or so in order to be directed to the family webpage. You'll be able to make a donation there through Pay Pal as well leave get well messages for Chris and get updates on his situation. I know times are tough for just about everyone right now, but any contribution you can make would be deeply and sincerely appreciated by Chris, his family and me. Our version of "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" with Gaffney is another outtake from the upcoming Gene Taylor Blues Band live CD, and whatever income is generated from the downloads of this recording will be going directly into the Gaffney medical fund. I'd like to thank the members of The Gene Taylor Blues Band (Gene the piano monster, bass specialist John Bazz and drum deity Bill Bateman), genius recording engineer Mark Linett, visionary executive producer Hudson Marquez and the good folks at Yep Roc for their generosity and help in making this possible. Get well brother Chris. I'll see you in Cuervo! - Dave Alvin,
March 17th, 2008 "Those Lonely Lonely Nights" is the 8th digital single available exclusively on-line :The others are: "Drunk" "Perdido Street Blues" "Two Lucky Bums" "Mobile Blue" "Earl's Rhumba" "Peace" and "Highway 61"
February 29, 2008 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Drunk" from the Gene Taylor Blues Band On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net Who says a song needs more than one chord? Rhythm and Blues pioneer Jimmy Liggins didn't think so and his 1953 jump blues hit "Drunk," a tribute to the joys and travails of inebriation, certainly proves it.
Jimmy Liggins was the guitar playing brother of another R+B legend, pianist / singer /songwriter Joe Liggins (composer of blues standards like "The Honeydripper" and "Pink Champagne") and Jimmy was also a boxer who fought under the name Kid Zulu. The Liggins brothers were mainstays of the fertile 1940s and 50s Central Avenue music scene in Los Angeles. Joe Liggins was still performing in the 1970s when my brother Phil, Gene Taylor and I would catch him playing piano and singing in little dive bars around LA and Long Beach. He was an extremely talented and nice man. I wish I would've have also met Jimmy. I bet he could've taught me a lot about the complex mysteries of a one chord song.
Over the years Jimmy Liggins' one chord classic has been a staple in therepertoire of many barroom blues, western swing and rockabilly bands (I've even sung it once or twice with my band, The Guilty Men). This version of "Drunk," though, was recorded live last December at the CafÃ© Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, California when I was part of a short west coast tour with The Gene Taylor Blues Band. Keyboard master Gene Taylor is singing and rocking the piano, Bill Bateman is swinging the drums and John Bazz is walking the stand up bass while I imitate some honking saxophone riffs on my electric guitar. The gigs were a special holiday reunion with my hometown pals and I had a blast to say the least. Our off the cuff take of "Drunk" was recorded and mixed by the genius engineer, Mark Linett and executive produced by noted R+B scholar Hudson Marquez. This track is a bonus outtake from a live CD by The Gene Taylor Blues Band that will be available later this year. Until then, I hope you enjoy "Drunk" and remember to always drink responsibly. - Dave Alvin, February 23, 2008 "Drunkl" is the 7th digital single available exclusively on-line :The others: "Perdido Street Blues" "Two Lucky Bums" "Mobile Blue" "Earl's Rhumba" "Peace" and "Highway 61" February 21, 2008 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Perdido Street Blues" On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net There are many ways of playing the blues and this is one of them. Back in the early days of jazz they would've called this approach to blues, "viper music." That term always sounded pretty good to me. "Perdido Street Blues" was composed by the under appreciated Lil' Hardin Armstrong (the one time wife and pianist for Louis Armstrong) and was originally recorded back in 1926 by clarinet master Johnny Dodds and his New Orleans Wanderers. I was 14 when I first heard his version and, besides being blown away by Dodds' clarinet virtuosity, what captivated me was the minor/major key modulations that make up the song structure. With its low down almost spooky groove and melody, "Perdido Street Blues" is definitely some old time, back-in-the-alley viper music. For many years I've toyed around with the idea of cutting the song as a guitar based piece but never got around to doing it. Recently, after playing a few gigs with blues/boogie woogie piano master Gene Taylor, I thought it might be fun to finally cut "Perdido Street Blues" with Gene doing what he does best on the keyboards. Besides Gene, I was thrilled to be joined by another fellow Blaster, John Bazz, thumping mean stand-up bass. Rounding out this unique group are Greg Leisz (my longtime producer and guitar hero) on the slippery electric lap steel guitar and current Guilty Man drummer Steve Mugalian on the snazzy drums and percussion. For this track I played my beloved 1934 National steel bodied guitar while Craig Parker Adams did his usual expert job recording everything live at his Winslow Court studio in Los Angeles, California. I can't explain what a big kick it was to go back into the studio with Gene and John for the first time together since when we were in The Blasters years ago. Time and fate permitting we can hopefully do some more recording in the future. Until then I hope you enjoy our little bit of viper blues. - Dave Alvin, January 9th, 2008 "Perdido Street Blues" is the 6th digital single available exclusively on-line :The others: "Two Lucky Bums" "Mobile Blue" "Earl's Rhumba" "Peace" and "Highway 61"
January 16, 2008 The latest edition of the Blasters Newsletter is out now. American Music # 55 January 2008 - Read about: The Gene Taylor Blues Band goes on tour. Also, American Music on Youtube.com. Plus all the latest news.
December 15, 2007 Get ready for the Gene Taylor Blues Band shows in California. Though this is 4 out of 5 members of the Original Blasters, this isn't a reunion. The appeal for fans is to see these guys doing a completely different set of songs. Dave: "This is home for the holidays. It's rare to get a chance to play with these guys especially with Gene now living in Belgium. Gene asked me if I would play and I said: "sure." It's just a bunch of guys from Downey playing some blues. It's way of going home for the holidays."
December 9, 2007 Dave Alvin's 9 Volt XM radio show archive is now streaming on DaveAlvin.net. Yes, finally for those of us who don't have XM radio you can catch up on Dave's excellent radio show. But act fast - DaveAlvin.net has put up the first 3 shows (which aired late 2006) and will replace those 3 in January for shows 4-6. On April 1, 2008 Shows 7-9 will be posted. Listen here Dave: "My hour long show on XM Radio explores, and exposes, my very broad definition of classic American Folk Music. Using both new recordings as well as historic recordings from the past, I mix urban and country blues singers, honky-tonk heroes, soul shouters, gospel testifiers, mountain balladeers, folk traditionalists, western swing stompers, rockabilly bad boys, doo-wop crooners, bluegrass barn burners and surfer dudes, with an equal dose of contemporary singer-songwriters and bands. Too often our musical heritage is divided up into opposing genres. I'm honored to take this hour to walk through how all our American music is interconnected." Dave Alvin-Sept 2006
December 7, 2007 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Two Lucky Bums" On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net Dave Alvin recorded aa all original song as a duet with Chris Gaffney. Dave:The song is a bit different for Gaffney and me. I've always been a fan of Crosby's laid back vocals and also a fan of the great 1930's and 40's pop songwriters but I have never attempted writing anything in that swing/pop style but I figured, "What the Hell?" I guess it's a tribute of sorts to Crosby, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, etc. Beside singing with me, Chris plays some sweet, accordion licks while I strum some rudimentary 40's jazz guitar. Craig Parker Adams did his usual superb recording job at his Winslow Court Studio in Los Angeles and our buddy Kurt Mahoney took the photograph. Gaffney and I had a real gas recording "Two Lucky Bums" and I sincerely hope you get a kick out of it. - Dave Alvin, December 7, 2007 "Two Lucky Bums" is the 5th digital single available exclusively on-line :The others: "Mobile Blue" "Earl's Rhumba" "Peace" and "Highway 61"
November 10, 2007 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Mobile Blue" On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net Dave Alvin recorded a Mickey Newbury song. Dave:The Newbury song I recorded, "Mobile Blue," is from his classic concept album, Frisco Mabel Joy. It was cut as part of a tribute CD to Frisco Mabel Joy and Newbury that was put together by No Depression's Peter Blackstock a few years back that deserved more attention than it received. The track was recorded in 2000 at the sessions for my Public Domain CD and features Rick Shea on the biting electric guitar, Joe Terry on the pumping piano, Bobby Lloyd Hicks slapping the skins, Brantley Kearns on the swinging fiddle and former Rodger Miller/Hoyt Axton/Dillard and Clark/Jackson Browne bassist, David Jackson thumping the stand up bass. The backwards guitar intro is by jazz guitar innovator Bill Frizzell. - Dave Alvin, Oct. 30, 2007 "Mobile Blue" is the 4th of four very special songs available exclusively on-line :"Earl's Rhumba" "Peace" and "Highway 61"
December 1, 2007 The Gene Taylor Blues Band has some dates scheduled for December 2007 in California. Check the tour page for dates. The 4-piece band includes Dave Alvin, John Bazz, and Bill Bateman.
October 4, 2007 Dave Alvin releases new digital single, "Earl's Rumba" On YepRoc.com and DaveAlvin.net "Variations on Earl's Rumba" is The Guilty Men's tribute to one of our favorite guitarists, Earl Hooker. He's a legend among blues musicians, for peerless technique, his clean slide guitar style as well as his fluid single string picking (his playing is also respected outside the blues community - master Celtic/Folk/Rock guitarist Richard Thompson told me that Earl Hooker was one of his favorite guitarists - Now, that's high praise!). From his earliest recordings at Sun Records, through the many tracks he cut for King, Chess, Argo, Checker, Chief, Arhoolie, Blue Thumb, both as a solo artist and as sideman (for Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Charles Brown and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee to name a few), Earl Hooker displayed how he was, in writer Bill Dahl's words, "an endlessly inventive fountain of ideas that other guitarists drank from regularly." He could also bring his hard blues chops to jazz, country and, as his original version of the instrumental (guitar rumba) shows, latin music. Unfortunately, Earl Hooker died too young and never got the kind of "guitar God" acknowledgement he rightly deserved. - Dave Alvin, October 4, 2007 "Earl's Rumba" is the third of three very special songs available exclusively on-line :"Peace" and "Highway 61"
September 11, 2007 The latest edition of the Blasters Newsletter is out now. American Music # 54 September 2007 - Read about: The Original Blasters play at the Bill Bateman tribute show, The Blasters summer 2007 tour, Jerry Angel’s photo gallery, and Dave Alvin’s new digital single releases.
September 4, 2007 Check out Yeproc.com or DaveAlvin.net for some exclusive new Dave Alvin songs available for download. The September issue of the Blasters Newsletter is due out this week.
June 6, 2007 On June 25, 2007 the King King club in Hollywood, CA, will present a special show in honor of Bill Bateman. The show will be filmed for a documentary on Bill's career. The Blue Shadows (Bill, Javier 'Jake' Matos, John Bazz, and Jack Rudy) will reform just for this event. Phil Alvin and Dave Alvin are expected as special guests which may prompt an "Original 4 Blasters" reunion. Other musicians Bill has played with are expected to perform.
June 4, 2007 The June 2007 Newsletter is out now American Music # 53 June 2007 Featuring: Phil, Dave, and John remember the Streets of Fire movie, The Blasters tour Spain, and ‘Dave Alvin: Live from Austin Texas’ is released.
June 4, 2007 Another old Newsletter has been added to the newsletter archive American Music # 22 February 1999 featuring The Austin City Limits taping, Gregory Boaz interview, A Blasters reunion jam, Phil Alvin remembers Spain, Q & A’s, and Dave’s stories from the road.
June 2, 2007 Another old Newsletter has been added to the newsletter archive American Music # 3 June 1994 featuring A Conversation with Phil Alvin Part 2 from 1994, and A Blasters discography. This expanded edition includes new content from that period. - Blasterbilia: Discography Photo Gallery and T-shirt photo gallery. Blasters photos from a 9/19/85 Milwaukee WI. concert and a Blasters history from a rockabilly fanzine called "Original Cool." Next up in the back issue archive is Issue # 22 from 1999 which featured a story on Dave's Austin City Limits taping. And soon after that will be the new June 2007 issue #53.
May 31, 2007 Dave Alvin and New West Records have just released a brand new DVD and companion CD as part of Austin City Limit's "Live From Austin TX" series. This exclusive set features his previously unreleased 1999 performance from the award winning Austin City Limits television show. Tracks include "King of California", "Border Radio", "4th of July", an insane medley of "Jubilee Train", "Do-Re-Me, and "Promised Land" and much, much more! It’s in stores NOW! Available as a set or individually. To get it online go here: For the DVD Amazon For the CD Amazon And, as if that wasn’t enough great news - Visit Dave Alvin's NEW official website for details on how you can WIN a copy of both the DVD and CD! www.davealvin.net
May 16, 2007 "Roots on the Rails" has announced Dave Alvin will join Tom Russell's Tarahumara Train for the trip to Mexico's Copper Canyon in September. You'll spend a week with Dave, Tom Russell, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum - hanging out with them and seeing musical performances every day. For more info on the The Tarahumara Train - Tucson to Mexico's Copper Canyon on board The Sierra Madre Express, Sept. 13-20, 2007 go here. Sign up soon, the spots are very limited.
April 10, 2007 Dave Alvin is featured in the May 2007 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. An interview by Chris Smither is included as well as guitar (Tablature) sheet music for the song "King Of California."
March 28, 2007 Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men's 1999 Austin City Limits concert is set for release on DVD (and companion CD) on May 1, 2007 on New West Records. Titled: "Live From Austin Texas"
February 19, 2007 The February 2007 BlastersNewsletter is out now. Read about: Dave Alvin's concert with the Calvanes, Hollywood Fats is remembered by the Blasters, and Guilty Man Joe Terry's 'Coldest Day's of the Year' Tour Diary.
February 18, 2007 Johnie's Brolier destruction letter writing campaign Part 2. The friends of Johnie's would like us all to write letters again to the Downey City council demanding justice. We want to know who is taking responsibility for destroying the cultural Icon Johnie's Brolier. We're not going to let this go. More here on Johnie's and the Ghost Cruise of 2/25. Downey city council emails: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
February 13, 2007 Johnie's Broiler (Downey, CA drive in) Update: 'A Ghost Cruise for Johnies' is planned for Sunday morning 2/25/07 The Friends of Johnie's org said: "We are cruising all the old Haunts/ cruising sights between Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake and ending at Johnie's to show that we do not want Johnie's to be a Phantom!!!!" Meet at Bob's Big Boy, 4211 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA at 8 AM for breakfast. Cruise at 9:45.
February 10, 2007 The Blasters performed at Art Fein's annual Elvis Birthday concert in L.A. Check out a video of it on YouTube and Art Fein's description of the show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBX9vNu0EPE http://www.sofein.com/mess/2007/elvisBD-07.html
January 21, 2007 Report on the 'Cruise In' at Johnies Broiler - We just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to all who came out and supported the Johnie's "cruise in" on such short notice, it was impressive to see such a great turn out. Such action continues to show that we our outraged and want justice and action! Seeing all the cars, sharing stories, and being able to express our frustration over the destruction of Johnie's in a positive way was truly awesome!!!! We will certainly keep you posted for 'future show of support' action. More immediately though we need your presence at the next Downey City Council Meeting on Tuesday January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. The city will be making a statement on Johnie's at the upcoming council meeting. We need to show the city that we want them to come through on their word and that we do not want this "case" to linger and fade away in some file. Please speak out at the meeting and continue to express your concern and outrage over this illegal act -- we will not remain quiet. Thanks again and lets continue to fight the fight! On behalf of the Friends of Johnie's and The Los Angeles Modern Committee --Analisa
January 12, 2007 Hi All: The 'Friends of Johnie's' in coordination with the Modern Commitee, support of local Southland car clubs, and outraged citizens will be staging a "Cruise in" at Johnie's Broiler on Sunday Jan 14th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. - the exact time the illegal demolition occurred. We will be asking those with classic cars to cruise around the block, and ask that people bring symbolic momentos to hang on the chain-link fence. Yelllow ribbons, hanging signs, car club logos, and messages of "Restore Johnie's" and "Justice for Johnie's" to the city of Downey -- whatever inspires you! Your presence is important- let's continue to show the city we are outraged by this desecration and we want justice and we want Johnie's preserved! Please, spread the word - let's continue to show our collective outrage and that this is not a forgotten issue that will simple fade away from our memories. See you on the sidewalk! Analisa Hungerford- Friends of Johnie's 562 862- 6127 Adriene Biondo Modern Committee, Chair 818 943-6621
January 10, 2007 The citizens of Downey met with the city council last night: "The meeting was all very positive. All the major news stations were there including CNN, Channel 2/9, as well as all the local papers . The council opened with a statement about "full prosecution" and "restoration"- which prompted a roar from the packed chamber. People spoke for an hour and a half - it was truly Johnie's night - some of the testimonies were very touching." "The next big issue is getting a conviction of the guilty party, because no one is claiming responsibility. Then we have to sit on the city to make sure they really stay true to their word. So it is very important that people continue to communicate their outrage. People want to run the property owner out of the city - I can't believe he claims he's the victim!!! There was no one who spoke on his behalf." - Analisa Ridenour Hungerford TV News reports. Fox Channel 11 Los Angeles CBS Channel 2 Los Angeles
January 9, 2007 A letter from Analisa Ridenour Hungerford about the demolition of Johnie's Broiler: As most of you know, I've worked alongside the L.A. Conservancy and many local residents in the city of Downey to save Johnie's Broiler for the last five years. Last night, an illegal demolition occurred on the property!!! photo We will be at city hall tomorrow night (1/9/07), imploring our city officials to prosecute the offenders with the greatest severity possible. If you could take a moment to shoot off an email to the Downey city council members expressing your outrage at this brazen action and demand that the guilty parties be harshly punished-- we would greatly appreciate your help. It does not matter that you are not a resident of Downey - this is a huge cultural, architectural and communal assault on all of us!!!! Please take a moment to help. With my deepest appreciation, Analisa Ridenour Please send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
January 8, 2007 Bad News: The famous Downey, CA diner called Johnie's Broiler was illegally demolished last night. Throughout the last 5 years, the community has fought to save the historic 50's restaurant. The Blasters performed a benefit show for Johnie's in 2002 in their hometown of Downey. More December 5, 2006 The Blasters are doing a small tour of Colorado and Arizona from December 6 thru December 16. The shows are expected to be real good and it will be a while before the Blasters get back to these parts. So come on down, I'll be there, I wouldn't miss it and you shouldn't either.
December 1, 2006 The Newsletter Archive has been updated. You can read Blasters Newsletters from the year 2000 now for the first time on-line. Also, check out the first ever Blasters Newsletter #1 from February 1994 which includes exclusive newly- found content from deep in the Blasters Newsletter archives from that era.
November 29, 2006 The tour date archive has been updated with old tour dates. I believe its nearly complete from 1994 to the current dates for Dave Alvin and the Blasters.
November 24, 2006 The November issue of the Blasters newsletter is out. Read about: Dave Alvin’s 9-Volt Radio show, The Blasters re-unite with James Intveld, and Dave Alvin is interviewed as a son of a Union Man.
November 14, 2006 Dave Alvin's XM radio show called Dave Alvin's 9-Volt show #3 airs the week of November 20 on XM 12. Dave's show can be heard the third week of every month on X Country XM 12; Monday at 11 am, with replays following Thursday at 7 pm and Saturday at 11 am. All times are Eastern.
October 23, 2006 Time to update your book marks and links. Scot's official Dave Alvin web site is now www.DaveAlvin.com/dave Scot's Blasters page is now www.DaveAlvin.com/blasters
October 11, 2006 Dave Alvin's XM radio show called Dave Alvin's 9-Volt show #2 airs the week of October 16 on XM 12. Dave's show can be heard the third week of every month on X Country XM 12; Monday at 11 am, with replays on Thursday at 7 pm and Saturday at 11 am. All times are Eastern. On 10/15 the Vancouver B.C. Radio station CFRO-FM 102.7 will air a Dave Alvin radio show featuring excerpts from a (july '06) taped Dave Alvin interview as well as music from throughout his career. The show airs 4 PM-5:30 PDT. To listen online at www.coopradio.org/listen/.
September 18, 2006 Dave Alvin's XM radio show called Dave Alvin's 9-Volt premiers the week of September 18 on XM 12. Dave explores American roots music, playing records from his own collection, including Roots Rock, R&B, Folk, Singer Songwriter, Blues, Rockabilly and more. Dave Alvin’s 9 Volt will be heard the third week of every month on X Country XM 12; Monday at 11 am, with replays on Thursday at 7 pm and Saturday at 11 am. All times are Eastern.
September 6, 2006 Blasters Newsletter # 50 for August 2006 is now ready. American Music # 50 features The Flesh Eaters history and 2006 Reunion tour, The Blasters with Gene Taylor, and Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men play the American Music fest together, and Dave Alvin's Blackout show in St. Louis. August 22, 2006 'Dave Alvin's 9-Volt' radio show for XM radio is scheduled to debut Monday September 18, 2006 at 11 AM Eastern Time.
August 11, 2006 Dave Alvin will be featured in the L.A. Times Sunday edition magazine called "West" on August 27, 2006.
July 26, 2006 Dave Alvin's appearance on Extra is now scheduled for Friday July 28, 2006. Dave Alvin's XM radio show is a go. Dave will go into the studio and record a few more shows. It is expected to start airing in September or October.
July 21, 2006 Update: on Dave Alvin's segment for NBC-TV's Extra that was due to air on Friday July 21, 2006. Instead of Dave, we got other artistically important stuff like 'Colin's Shocker' and 'Christie Brinkley's split.' I guess we're on our own and may never know when or if at all Dave's segment will air. Tip: There is an Extra weekend edition (1 hour long) that often features musical guests. It airs at odd times (4:30 AM early Sunday morning on the US east coast). I guess that edition is our best chance to catch Dave.
July 18, 2006 Radio: Hear a Dave Alvin interview/performance on KDHX St. Louis MO at 2pm on Wednesday, 7/19. Listen online at: http://www.kdhx.org/real/listenonline.htm
July 10, 2006 James Intveld will be filling in for Keith Wyatt on guitar at three east coast Blasters shows July 12 thru the 15th. This will be a reunion of the 1992-95 version of the Blasters.
June 28, 2006 NBC-TV's "EXTRA!" News magazine show filmed an interview with Dave Alvin and two live songs in mid June. It is expected to air in the first two weeks of July, after the 4th of July Weekend. ACOUSTIC CAFE - Dave Alvin taped an in-studio performance and interview when he was in Ann Arbor a few months ago. It is scheduled to air on radio the week of July 10. Check your local listings here. Dave Alvin's appearance on the syndicated radio program Folkscene will be broadcast on Sun July 30th from 1-3:00 PM (ET) on WUMB Boston - www.wumb.org (both radio & internet.) Repeated on Monday mornings from 3-5:00 AM also on WYOU-FM Williamsburg. VA - (CT) www.wyou.fm Tuesday evenings from 9-11:00 PM - August 1st (radio & internet) and KPFK Los Angeles (PT) www.kpfk.org Sunday evening July 30th from 7-9:00 PM (both radio & internet)
June 26, 2006 The NPR show "FRESH AIR" is scheduled to air their recent interview with Dave Alvin on June 27 in support of his new record, West of the West. Check here for your local station and time. Please note that their schedule is subject to change.
June 24, 2006 Dave Alvin's appearance on KCRW Radio's Open Road show from 6/18/06 can be heard here. Dave recently taped an episode of Fresh Air for NPR radio to air soon.
June 14, 2006 Check out Dave Alvin showing off his favorites Blues collectibles in his home music room in a segment from "Finding The Blues" Here.
June 13, 2006 Dave Alvin has some upcoming TV and Radio coverage" On June 18, he will be on KCRW (Santa Monica, CA) radio's 'Open Road' doing an all 'California Music' show as a guest DJ. -- On June 20, NBC's 'Extra' magazine TV show will tape some segments at Dave's house to air sometime after.
May 31, 2006 A profile of Dave Alvin can be heard on The California report radio show on Friday June 2, 2006. Go to http://www.californiareport.org for stations and air times. Click on "Radio Tune-In."
May 30, 2006 Dave Alvin has released a new studio album today on Yep Roc Records called West Of The West May 29, 2006 Blasters Newsletter #49 May 2006 is now ready here. This issue features: Dave Alvin going song by song thru West Of The West. Frank Furillo, the man who formed the Blasters, is interviewed. Also the Gene Taylor photo Gallery and a bunch of latest news not listed on this page.
May 17, 2006 Original Blaster Bill Bateman will not be able to tour with Dave Alvin's Guilty Men because of tour obligations with the Cramps. Steve Mugallian will take his place as full time drummer.
Look for the May Blastersnewsletter later this month featuring Dave Alvin's song by song interview for 'West of the West.' Also an interview with the man who put the Blasters together and played with them for the first two gigs - Frank Furillo. And a special feature: The Gene Taylor photo gallery. Gene has dug deep in his archives to let us have a look at some old photos from his Blasters days.
May 9, 2006 Dave Alvin has just recorded a show for XM Radio called "9-Volt With Dave Alvin." Dave plays records spanning the wide range of American Music. If the show is picked up by the network, a new show will air every month starting June 2006.
Original Blaster Bill Bateman has signed on as the new drummer in Dave Alvin's Guilty Men replacing Bobby Lloyd Hicks. Bobby has backed Dave Alvin for 15 years and has decided to take some time off to be with his family.
April 3, 2006 Dave Alvin's new studio album West of the West now available for pre-order from Yep Roc!
The first 500 people to order will receive a bonus disc with two additional tracks, personally introduced by Dave. Order now to get yours! Dave Alvin's first studio album since the amazing Ashgrove features Dave's take on 13 songs by fellow California songwriters. Produced by Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Beck, Brian Wilson), West of the West mixes much loved songs by Merle Haggard, John Fogerty, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Jerry Garcia, Kate Wolf, Robert Hunter and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Louis Perez, with unearthed gems from such previously overlooked talents as Blackie Farrell and Jim Ringer. Pre-order now from Yep Roc, and not only will you get your copy delivered to your door on or before the official May 30 release date, but you'll also get a bonus disc with two additional songs, "Mr. Moto" and "Rumble." Don't wait! This offer is limited to the first 500 orders! Plus, check out the special 2-CD deal at the Yep Roc Web Shop. Buy West of the West and the live album The Great American Music Galaxy for one special price! And if you're in the first 500, you'll get the bonus disc too!
To pre-order the CD, go to www.yeproc.com or directly to http://store.yeproc.com/album.php?id=11191. To listen to the song "Here in California," click here to launch a media player: http://www.yeproc.com/media.php?id=265 PS
April 3, 2006 Recording artist, songwriter, producer and music journalist and founding Beat Farmer Buddy Blue died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. Details as to the circumstances are not yet known. Buddy leaves behind a beautiful wife and 4 year old daughter.
March 30, 2006 Dave Alvin just recorded 2 songs for a bonus disc that'll be available to people who buy the new CD direct from YepRoc. Dave "I recorded 2 old surf instrumentals. BOSS by The Rumblers - a Downey band from the early 60's. And MISTER MOTO by The Bel-Airs from San Diego." Be sure to preorder the CD at Yeproc.com to receive your bonus disc.
March 20, 2006 The Blasters are featured in the January/February 2006 issue of Rockabilly Magazine. rockabillymagazine.com
March 6, 2006 Happy Birthday to Phil Alvin today. He's 53.
February 23, 2006 The Blasters April European tour has been scheduled. Go to tour dates.
February 18, 2006 American Music Newsletter # 48 for February 2006 is now on line. The Web site menu bar is still under construction so use the above temporary links.
February 13, 2006 The site is still under construction, and we are having some technical difficulties. Hopefully everything will be working properly soon! Meanwhile, use these links for the latest tour dates, current newsletter issue, and links page.
February 12, 2006 Welcome to the all new Blastersnewsletter web site. I apologize for the site being down through these changes. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong while changing servers. But it's back and I hope you like the new format. --Billy Davis
January 27, 2006 Dave Alvin's old punk band the Flesh Eaters have confirmed reunion dates here. A show in England may be recorded for a live album.
January 17, 2006 The Blasters Texas shows have been postponed to March. Definite dates will be announced soon. January 8, 2006 The Blasters New Years Eve show in Reno NV was cancelled due to weather. Here is a report on it.
12-23-05 - American Music #47 December 2005 is here. Featuring "The Modern Sounds of the Knitters" album and tour, Dave Alvin on John Waters’ Cry-Baby film, and a preview of Dave Alvin’s new album West Of The West.
12-15-05 - Yep Roc Records will now offer "The Great American Music Galaxy" CD via mail order thru RedEye distribution. Orders may be placed here. This CD a self released live CD by Dave that previously was only available for sale at his shows.
12.9.05 - The December issue of American Music The Blasters / Dave Alvin newsletter is days away from release. It will feature coverage of the Knitters new CD and tour, The Blasters 4-11-44 album release in the US, and Dave Alvin will talk about the music in the movie Cry-Baby. Also Dave Alvin clues us in, direct from the studio, on the making of his new CD "West of the West." And all the latest news including the possibility of a Dave Alvin XM Satellite radio monthly program and rumors of a Flesheaters reunion in England. All this coming soon!
1-27-06 - Dave Alvin's old punk band the Flesh Eaters have confirmed reunion dates here. A show in England may be recorded for a live album.
1-17-06 - The Blasters Texas shows have been postponed to March. Definite dates will be announced soon.
1-8-06 - The Blasters New Years Eve show in Reno NV was cancelled due to weather. Here is a report on it. http://1moe.com/flood.html
12-23-05 - American Music #47 December 2005 is here. Featuring "The Modern Sounds of the Knitters" album and tour, Dave Alvin on John Waters’ Cry-Baby film, and a preview of Dave Alvin’s new album West Of The West.
12-15-05 - Yep Roc Records will now offer "The Great American Music Galaxy" CD via mail order thru RedEye distribution. Orders may be placed here. This CD a self released live CD by Dave that previously was only available for sale at his shows.
12-9-05 - The December issue of American Music The Blasters / Dave Alvin newsletter is days away from release. It will feature coverage of the Knitters new CD and tour, The Blasters 4-11-44 album release in the US, and Dave Alvin will talk about the music in the movie Cry-Baby. Also Dave Alvin clues us in, direct from the studio, on the making of his new CD "West of the West." And all the latest news including the possibility of a Dave Alvin XM Satellite radio monthly program and rumors of a Flesheaters reunion in England. All this coming soon!
11-17-05 - The Blasters In-store performance in New Jersey from November 16, 2005 can be viewed on Vintage Vinyl's web site.
11-16-05 - The Blasters taped a segment for a radio show called "The Living Room Serie"s on WDVR Sergeantsville, NJ. The interview and performance show will air Sunday November 20, 2005 at 9 PM Eastern time. There will be a live stream on www.wdvrfm.org
11-3-05 - Dave Alvin's self-released live CD "The Great American Music Galaxy" is now available exclusively at his live shows. Some web sites have prematurely advertised that they will be carrying the CD. Dave reports that for the time being it will only be available at shows. Meanwhile Dave Alvin is currently in the studio recording tracks for his new studio CD called West of the West. Its a collection of songs by California song-writers.
10-3-05 - Check out the Blasters E-Card to promote the new 4-11-44 CD here.
8-22-05 - Look for the August issue of the UK magazine 'Uncut.' It contains a free CD which has an exclusive Dave Alvin song on it. To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Dylan’s classic 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited, Uncut invited nine of its favorite bands and artists to each record a track from the original album for an amazing tribute to rock’s ultimate icon. Dave Alvin does the title track. The magazine is already out in the UK. The magazine reaches US shops a month late. Expect it in select US stores (Tower Records, Barnes and Noble, Borders) around September 1st.
8-16-05 - The Blasters 4-11-44 CD was released on Rainman Records today. The CD is available nationwide in all major chain stores.
7-19-05 - James Intveld, former Blasters guitar player, has scheduled a rare appearance performing in NY on August 10, 2005 at The Rodeo Bar.
7-15-05 - The Knitters have a website www.TheKnitters.net The new album "The Modern Sounds Of The Knitters" is out now. The Knitters will perform on the David Letterman show on August 12, 2005.
6-21-05 - Blasters newsletter #46 is now on line to read.
6-19-05 - Happy Fathers Day. Dave Alvin can be heard on NPR Radio's 'Weekend Edition Sunday.' The series is called "What's in A Song." Dave will be singing, and talking about his song, "Man in the Bed."
6-17-05 - The Blasters 4-11-44 is scheduled for release on August 16, 2005. Packaging is expected to be different than the European release and there will be enhanced features.
5-13-05 - The Blasters have secured a deal with Rainman Records to release 4-11-44 in the United States. August is the mostly month of release. A definite date will be announced soon.
5-1-05 - The Knitters new album is due out on Rounder Record on 7/12
3-1-05 - On January 25, 2005 DTS Entertainment (DTSE,) released a second version of The Blasters' "Live: Going Home," DVD in 5.1-channel DTS Digital Surround sound. This surround music disc was mixed by the renowned engineer Mark Linnett The packaging is different than the Shout Factory release. This one is in a CD sized box.
2-16-05 - Blasters Newsletter # 45 (February 2005) is out now. Read a full feature on Chris Gaffney's new band The Hacienda Brothers. An interview with Brother Dave Gonzalez and Gaffney. Also The Dave Alvin / Joe Ely connection. And the Blasters September 2004 Scandinavian tour diaries Part 1. Here.
1-28-05 - Here is another archived Dave Alvin radio show from 9/3/2000. It features Dave an interview of Dave and an acoustic performance with Rick Shea and Brantley Kearns. http://www.kcrw.org/cgi-bin/db/kcrw.pl
1-25-05 - Dave Alvin News: Dave Alvin's show on 1/29/05 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco will be video taped for a future DVD release. -- Dave recorded a rearranged version of GOIN' DOWNTOWN for a Peter Case tribute record. Dave's band included Gaffney, Greg Boaz, Amy Farris and Bill Bateman. -- The Knitters record in label negotiations will probably be released in June.
1-17-05 - Evangeline Records in the UK will release "The Blasters Going Home 2-CD set" on January 31, 2005. Last year Shout Factory Records released The Original Blasters Going Home DVD and a single disc companion CD in the US. The DVD and CD each included different songs. Evangeline's 2- CD includes all the songs as well as 2 bonus live songs from the current Blasters. This is a UK only release. Order it thru Evangeline or Amazon UK.
1-2-05 - Check out John Bazz's web site to view a 27 minute video of the Blasters jam at the Blue Cafe in Long Beach CA on 6/23/01 that initiated the 2002-2003 reunion tour. http://homepage.mac.com/lazyboyrocker/Menu13.html
9-12-04 - The Latest edition of American Music: The Blasters / Dave Alvin Newsletter is out. Issue # 43 The Original Blasters play one more show (Long Beach CA 9/4/04), the new Guilty Men guitar player, Chris Miller, and The Original Blasters 2003 Euro tour diary : Part 3.
9-10-04 - A Blastersnewsletter Special Fan Appreciation Event -- Dinner With the Blasters in London England Sept. 27 or 28, 2004
Blasters fans are invited to spend one evening of food and drink with the Blasters (Phil Alvin, John Bazz, Keith Wyatt, and Jerry Angel) at a restaurant / pub In London England (Sept 27 or 28) TBA.
The Blasters will be in London England for a Sept 29th performance at the Border Line. The Blasters (Phil Alvin, John Bazz, Keith Wyatt and Jerry Angel) have all agreed to attend the fan club dinner. The event will be canceled if less than two Blasters are attending, or if the band has a last minute commitment that conflicts with the fan dinner.
The fans will be able to sit down with the Blasters for an hour or two and have dinner and drinks. The fans will all divide up the total bill cost.
Fans wanting to attend, must RSVP to email@example.com. The number of seats is very limited so get your reservation in now. For those submissions past the limit, I will put you on a waiting list in case seats open up.
After you RSVP to the lists, keep a careful eye on your e-mail. I will do my best to keep you up to date on the progress of this event. First I will confirm your reservation in the next few days. Because of the Blasters changing schedule, I may have to wait until the last few days preceding the fan dinner to announce the date (Sept 27 or 28). I may also have to announce the location as late as on the 27th, when I arrive in London and can find a suitable place. I will make all announcements by e-mail and NOT on the Blastersnewsletter web site.
I will provide more info as it becomes available to me. I will be out on the road in Europe with the Blasters from Sept 13 - 29 and will watch my email for your RSVPs and questions.
Disclaimer: For fans traveling far for this event or spending big bucks just to be here: All the Blasters members are not guaranteed to attend. There is always a chance that the band has a last minute commitment that conflicts with the fan dinner. In that case I will cancel this event. The Blastersnewsletter and the Blasters are organizing this as a courtesy to the fans, we are not responsible for any inconveniences caused by a cancellation. --Billy Davis
9/8/04 - The Blasters new album will be officially released on September 28, 2004. Titled 4-11-44, it will be released by Evangeline Records in the UK. Check out the album cover artwork on the home page Watch www.amazon.co.uk for mail ordering of the CD. The Blasters are celebrating the release with a tour of Scandanavia and a date in London the day after the release date. Check the tour dates page.
9/1/04 - Raucous Records of the UK is releasing a limited edition (only 1000 made) 10 inch vinyl record of the Original Blasters 2002 Trouble Bound live CD (Hightone records). Order it now at http://www.raucousrecords.com/shop/product.asp?pid=7795
8/28/04 - The Original Four Blasters have scheduled a last minute gig at the Sept 4, 2004 Long Beach Blues fest. The headliner, Bo Diddley cancelled due to illness. The Original Blasters (Phil, Dave. John, and Bill) were asked to fill in. Keith Wyatt and Jerry Angle from the current Blasters will appear as special guests. The following day Dave Alvin will perform with Little Milton.
8/27/04 - The Dave Alvin session on World Cafe is now scheduled to air September 6, 2004 at 3pm EST. The World Cafe with David Dye can be heard on more than 165 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station by going to our website: http://worldcafe.org or you can listen online Monday to Friday at 2pm EST or 1am EST by going to http://www.xpn.org/listen.php
8/16/04 -- Dave Alvin's taped performance on World Cafe is scheduled to air Thursday, August 19th. The World Cafe with David Dye can be heard on more than 165 stations nationwide. Find your local station on www./worldcafe.org or listen to the show online Monday to Friday at 2pm EST or 1am EST by going to http://www.xpn.org/listen.php
Also check out a live webcast of Dave and the Guilty men show in Winters CA at the Palms Playhouse on Wednesday 8/18/04 at 8 PM Pacific time. http://www.kvmr.org/ The show will be broadcast live on KVMR 89.5 in Nevada City, CA.
8/9/04 -- The Blasters featuring Phil, John, Jerry, and Keith have secured a record deal with Evangeline Records. Their new studio album will be released in the UK and Europe in September 2004. There is no word yet on the progress made with another label to release the disc in the US.
7/27/04 -- The Hacienda Brothers featuring Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez are touring this summer. They start in Nashville in early August. Tour dates.
7/15/04 -- July issue of Venice Magazine is a huge feature on Dave. Pick it up at newsstands or find it at: http://www.venicemag.com/
6/28/04 -- Bill Bateman has just become the new drummer in The Cramps. His first gig with the band will be in Irvine CA at The Hootenany on July 3, 2004.
6/15/04 -- The Blasters shows opening for Alvin Lee have been cancelled due to an Alvin Lee scheduling conflict. The Blasters are ready and willing to play and in fact will now headline the show at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. The other shows are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
Dave Alvin's new album Ashgrove on Yep Roc records
is out in stores right now.
You are invited to an online listening party for the Ashgrove album on Wednesday June 23, 2004 at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific) Just goto the American Music Yahoo board at:
and enter the chat room. If you are not already a member on yahoo, just go in and sign up. Its fast and easy.
At the listening party we will all cue up the new CD and start at the same time and then comment on the songs. I will try and throw in some facts from my recent Dave Alvin Ashgrove song-by-song interview (American Music Newsletter #42). We have done this for the last few Dave Alvin / Blasters releases and it was great fun. Hope to see you there.
6/7/04 -- Word has just come in that "The Blasters opening for Alvin Lee" shows have been cancelled. No other info is available.
6/7/04 -- American Music The Blasters / Dave Alvin Newsletter # 42 June 2004 is out now. American Music # 42. Dave Alvin tells us about the making of Ashgrove, his new CD on Yep Roc Records. Also, Dave leaves HighTone Records, Rick Shea leaves the Guilty Men and part 2 of the Original Blasters 2003 Euro-reunion tour diaries.
5/17/04 -- If you pre-order Ashgrove before its release date (6/15/04) directly fromYep Roc, they will include a bonus disc with two unreleased acoustic tracks. This is a must for Dave fans. Pre-order now!!
4/19/04 -- Dave Alvin Latest News -- Dave will make a special appearance at a Los Lobos show on April 24, 2004 in Scotsdale AZ at Westworld Festival. Lobos lead singer Dave Hidalgo has a throat infection and some special guests will pick up the slack. -- Rick Shea will be leaving Dave Alvin's Guilty Men after the May 2004 European Tour. Dave: "Rick needs to concentrate on his own solo career. He has alot of gigs with Patty Booker in the summer. Normally I don't mind him doing solo stuff but this summer the record is out and will need everybody on call for heavy touring. It's all very amiable and I look forward to working with Rick in the future if he wants. Rick's replacement is a fantastic guitarist from Austin named Chris Miller. He plays regular guitar as well as steel. He's toured with Marcia Ball, Wayne Hancock, The Hollisters and Dale Watson but is basically a blues player. It's not the first time we've played together, Chris played the slide guitar on my version of SEEDS on that Springsteen tribute. He's a great musician and great guy, an old friend of Gaffney's and Boaz' and I'm very, very excited about having him in the band. I can learn a lot of guitar tricks from him.”
-- Dave on leaving Hightone records: "I felt it was time for a change in 13 years. I wouldn't be where I am today without HighTone, I would be flipping burgers somehwere. They gave me the opportunity not only to make my own solo records, but to learn how to produce records and have a job. I had a great buisness relationship and a close friendship and hopefully both will continue to go on." -- On 3/28/04 Dave Alvin spent 12 hours in the studio with The Knitters for a new Knitter record that is scheduled for release in January of 05.
4/15/04 -- Dave Alvin has signed a deal with Yep Roc Records to release Ashgrove on June 15, 2004 Check www.yeproc.com to view the cover artowrk of the new CD. Dave Alvin spent 13 great years with Hightone records.
3/5/04 -- Dave Alvin's appearance at the Austin TX South By South West with Los Lobos will air on XM radio. Get your tape recorders ready. Dave will join Los Lobos in their set at Stubbs on 3/20 at Midnight.
3/2/04 -- The new issue of the Blasters newsletter is online now. Click above on recent issue. It's the Special 10th Anniversary issue: Dave Alvin's 1987 Border Radio Movie, Dave Alvin on Temples Of Rock TV special, The Original Blasters Euro Tour 2003 Part 1, and the history of the Blasters newsletter.
3/1/04 -- Dave Alvin will make a special appearance at the Austin TX South By South West. He will join Los Lobos in their set at Stubbs on 3/20 at Midnight. Also look for Dave Alvin somewhere around town on 3/19. Chris Gaffney happens to be playing The Contineltal club with his band the Hacienda Brothers that night at 1 AM.
2/28/04 -- The next newsletter, #41 February 2004 will be out in only a few days.
2/27/04 - Johnie's Broiler Update - Downey, CA -- Despite it's 2002 historic status,
Downey's city planning commission recently voted to revoke the sign variance which goes
against the state judgement. This means the huge sweeping Johnie's Broiler neon sign could
come down. The friends of Johnie's, The Los Angeles Conservancy and the Downey Historical
Society filed an appeal against the judgement and the case went before the city council on
Tuesday Feb 24th with success.
The council voted in favor of the appeal and the famous sign is safe (for now). Johnie's are still not entirely out of the woods. The Friends of Johnie's will be working with the city, tenant and owner to make sure the signage is maintained.
The Friends of Johnies may ask us Blasters fans to write, regardless of what part of the country they are from, to voice our opinion that Johnie's has to be saved.
This building is a huge part of Americana, a historic gem for all Americans, and an important landmark in the Blasters history. Stay tuned. http://www.johniesbroiler.org/index.html
2/24/04 - The Blasters Live Going Home DVD and CD is out today. Go and get it!! Meanwhile Dave Alvin is in the studio recording his new studio album "Ashgrove." The current Blasters are close to a deal in securing a label to put out their studio album. Expect issue #41 of the Blasters newsletter sometime this week. It will be the tenth anniversary issue of the newsletter's existence.
1/28/04 - Dave Alvin is currently in the studio recording his new album "Ashgrove." It is due to be released in May.
12/5/03 - The Original Blasters DVD and live CD is due for release on February 24, 2004 on ShoutFactory records. "The Blasters Live: Going Home" DVD Features The Final Reunion Concert Recorded In Santa Ana, CA On August 13, 2003, Band Interviews, Bonus Performances by the current Blasters and More! The Live companion CD will include some different songs than the DVD from the Santa Ana show.
11/30/03 -- Dave Alvin was Interview on TV tonight on a show called "Temples of Rock" on the Travel Channel. The show explores famous Rock n Roll locations around the US. Dave talks about Sun Studios, The Whiskey A Go Go, and Motown. The show will re-air on December 4, 2003 at 9 PM. Tune in on time because a Dave Alvin comment opens the show.
11/25/03 -- The latest issue of the Blasters newsletter is out. #40 November 2003 Features: Review and photos from the Original Blasters filming of a concert with special guests for a DVD release. Also John Bazz reports on his trip to Iraq to play for the Troops with the Bruce Willis band, and some of the Blasters remember Johnny Cash. And a ton of news tidbits.
11/20/03 -- Dave Alvin has just added a one night only show during the recording of his new album. Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz on 12/6/03. Dont miss it, dave will be off tour for awhile finishing up his new studio album called "Ashgrove."
10/31/03 -- Dave Alvin Interview on TV -- Look for Dave Alvin interviewed on a TV show called "Temples of Rock" on the Travel Channel on November 30, 2003 from 9 PM to 11 PM. The show explores famous Rock n Roll locations around the US. Dave talks about Sun Studios, The Whiskey A Go Go and Motown. Tune in on time because a Dave Alvin comment opens the show.
9/1/03 - The new Blasters (Phil, John, Jerry, Keith) have canceled their September tour with Reverand Horton Heat and BR5-49, to spemd time in the studio finishing up their new studio record..
8/15/03 - On 8/13/03 The Original Blasters played their last reunion show in Santa Ana CA at the Galaxy Theatre. The show was taped for a January 2004 DVD release. The Blasters played a long show with special guests Sonny Burgess, Billy Boy Arnold, and the Calvanes/Medallions backing vocal group. Read the review here.
8/14/03 -- The Original Blasters appearance on Top Of the Pops 2 will air on the BBC in europe on Tuesday August 19, 2003 at 6:20 PM check www.bbc.co.uk/totp2 for more details.-
8/10/03 - The Blue Shadows have a new web site. TheBlueShadows.com -- The official site of the Hollywood California blues band featuring John Bazz and Bill Bateman of the Blasters, singer Jake Matson and harp player Jack Rudy.
8/8/03 - The Original Blasters will play one final reunion show in Santa Ana CA at the Galaxy Theatre on August 13, 2003. It will be taped for a DVD release. Expect some special guests to attend and jam with the Blasters.
8/1/03 - The Original Blasters taped 2 songs for the BBC TV network show called Top Of The Pops. It should air this week. Set your VCRs. It was the Original Blasters at their best.
7/15/03 - American Music: The Blasters/Dave Alvin Newsletter #39 July 2003 is now out. Click on the recent issue button above. Also watch the front page for updates from the road of the Blasters Euro tour. I'll do my best to get 'em on there.
7/14/03 - The Original Blasters 8/13/03 Galaxy Theatre show will be taped for a DVD release. Some special guests are expected to join the Blasters on stage. Buy tickets early. This show will sell out quick.
7/10/03 - The Original Blasters will play a one off show on 8/13/03 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana CA. Goto www.galaxytheatre.com to enter a contest to win tickets.
7/6/03 - The original Blasters tour of europe will include a stop at the BBC studios in London to tape segments for the "Top Of The Pops 2" television program.
6/26/03 - The Blasters (Phil, John, Jerry, and Keith) are getting ready for a support slot on a cross country tour with Reverand Horton Heat. Watch for dates in your area.
6/9/03 -- The Original Blasters european tour is almost set click on Tour Dates above to see changes and additions.
4/14/03 -- Tom Russell and Nanci Griffith will perform Dave Alvin's song 'Bus Station' on Late Nite With David Letterman on Tuesday April 15, 2003.
4/13/03 -- The Blasters have a new web site to fulfill all your merchandise needs like T-shirts, hats, jackets, CDs. goto TheBlasters.com
4/9/03 -- The April edition of American Music: The Blasters / Dave Alvin Newsletter #38 is now on-line here.
3/20/03 -- Dave Alvin has postponed his three east coast dates for this weekend. The new dates have been rescheduled for May and July. Check the tour date page.
2/9/03 -- Dave Alvin update: Last night Dave played a 3-set-show chock full of rare blues and country songs at the Blue cafe in Long Beach. Chris Gaffney normally plays that time slot but was stuck in Arizona. Dave was backed by Chris Gaffney's Cold Hard Facts band.-- Dave just finished recording with rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson for her new album on CMH Records. Dave played guitar on 6 songs. -- Next week Dave flys to Chicago to record a song for a "Anti-Death Penalty" various artist compilation CD. The Waco Brothers will back up Dave.
2/6/03 -- Dave Alvin will participate in a tribute show to legendary Country singer
Johnny Paycheck in San Francisco CA at the Elbo Room on 3/19/03. Chris Gaffney will join
Dave and all the bands will play Johnny patcheck songs. Other guests include Dave Gonzales
(from The Paladins), Red Meat, Johnny Dilks & The Visitacion Valley Boys, The
Rounders, Jinx Jones & the KingTones, and Dallas Wayne. 100% of the door for this show
will go directly to Paycheck to help with his medical bills.
The show is going to be at the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., San Francisco. 9:00 PM/Doors at 8:30. $15 at the door.
1/9/03 -- The recent issue of the Blasters Newsletter, Issue # 37 is now out in the mail and on-line. This should have mailed in November, but with the Blasters reunion tour in full swing, I decided to hold that issue off so it could include coverage of the east coast leg of the tour. Expect the next issue with coverage of the western leg of the reunion tour, sometime in late February.
12/21/02 -- Dave Alvin has struck a deal with Villagerecords.com to sell a very limited number of the Outtakes in CA disc. goto www.villagerecords.com to buy a copy. It is expected that it will sell out quickly, please order fast and if they go out of stock, pleae dont contact me. I have nothing to do with this deal. OUTTAKES IN CA - is the companion live disc to his officially released Out In CA live album. OUTTAKES is usually only sold at Dave Alvin live shows.
12/19/02 -- Last month I reported that VH1 taped interviews with Phil and Dave Alvin. We have been told that the footage is currently airing and will do so for the next few weeks. VH1 has not given the Blasters any other specific info. Its going to be up to the Blasters fans to catch it on tape. If anyone does get to see it, send me a report (at firstname.lastname@example.org) so we know what to look for. There are two VH1 channnels: VH1 and VH1 Classics. I expect it will air on the Classics channel since they have beeen airing Blasters videos. be on the look out.
11/8/02 -- Great News for the Friends of Johnie's Broiler. They went before the State
of California and the 'Commission For Historical Resources' voted unanimously to have
Johnie's added to the historical resource registry for the State (7-0). This decision
insures the building can not be demolished. The commision urged that it be placed on the
national registry! (That's the next quest for the Friends of Johnie's). The Friends of
Johnie's considers this a major victory. Congratualtions on their hard work. They would
like thank everybody and the Blasters for their help so far, and let's continue the
mission. A classic American icon has been spared!
11/7/02 -- A special note to Dave Alvin fans. Dave is selling his Outtakes In CA (only available at shows) CD at the Blasters shows. be sure to come by and pick up a copy. Plus all the Blasters Cds are available and 3 different shirts.
10/31/02 -- Here is the set list from the Blasters Rio Hondo Country Club show -- trouble bound / red rose / flattop joint/ what will lucy do / never no more blues / long white cadillac / I'm shakin' / crazy baby / common man / border radio / big f chord / sadie brown / dark night / so long baby goodbye / one bad stud / encore: american music / marie marie.
10/30/02 -- The "Original Four" Blasters will play Downey CA tonight at the Rio Hondo Country Club. Watch local news in Los Angeles for reports from the concert. Channel 9 (in Los Angeles) will tape the soundcheck and part of the show for a feature on the early evening news and the late news tonight 10/30. Also check the early news on 10/31 for possible Blasters coverage also. Dave Alvin reports that he, Bill Bateman, and John Bazz spent monday and tuesday rehearsing for the show. (Phil Alvin sat out to rest his voice for the east coast tour which starts next week.) They ran through all the songs from the new Trouble Bound album and a bunch of songs from the Rollin Rock album.
10/14/02 -- The Blasters "Trouble Bound" Live CD comes out tomorrow. Let's get out there and buy it on the first day of issue. It's the first Blasters release of new material in 17 years.
5/20/02 -- Starting today America On Line subscribers can view a Dave Alvin acoustic session online. Goto keyword ADN and click on Dave Alvin's name under Sessions @ AOL. You'll see a single camera shot video of Dave with Rick Shea, Brantley Kearns, and Chris Gaffney. Songs: King Of CA, 4th of July, Deep Sea, Out In CA, and Andersonville.
3/29/02 -- The Christy McWilson tour starts tonight in Portland. The tour has been billed as being backed by Dave Alvin and Peter Buck of R.E.M.. In a last minute cancellation, Peter Buck will not play on the tour due to his on-going court appearances.
3/27/02 --Dave Alvin News -- Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men will play a concert at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles on May 2, 2002 Dave's show is part of a week long series of concerts sponsored by Borders Books and Pontiac Motors celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouc's "On the Road" book. Catch other great acts that week at the Knitting Factory including X and Steve Earle. -- Look for the March-April issue of No Depression magazine (www.nodepression.net) for a feature article on Christy McWilson's new "Bed Of Roses" CD on HighTone records. You'll hear from producer Dave Alvin and see a photo of Dave in the studio with Christy.
3/26/02 -- Read the end of the 3/23 report on the Blasters Guitar player Controversy for a new response from Keith Wyatt
On 3/26/02 Keith Wyatt responded to American Music: The Blasters Dave Alvin Newsletter with these comments:
From Keith Wyatt Blasters Guitar Player
I can't tell you how glad I am to see more light cast on Dave's comments and how they were reported in the Times. I know that reporters have their own agendas, and even an innocent comment can be made to support whatever theme they've decided to develop beforehand. In this case, it was the theme of Dave and Phil's wrangling, and how the two brothers can't seem to see eye to eye on anything despite the great music they've made together. It's better press than two guys who get along just
fine. I understand the pressure of that situation, with great expectations being laid on both of them, and I am not surprised to see some controversy come out of it.
Since Dave's comments were reported in the paper, I felt that the best way to respond was to write a letter to the same paper so that at least some people who read the first story might see that there was more to it than meets the eye. Being a Blaster has been a great honor for me, and so it does affect me deeply to see the name and my participation called into question.
I'm very - I guess "heartened" would be the best word - to hear that Dave understands how that article affected Jerry and I, and putting aside the specific words that I took issue with, I think Dave's right on the money about the Blasters being a band that hasn't carried forward the recorded legacy of the original lineup. Phil will argue, as only he can, that there are all sorts of reasons why that's OK, and some of those reasons are valid, but most are not.
But in any case, the fact that the old stuff is finally available is a great relief to everybody, and it's great to see Dave, Phil, Johnny, Bill and Gene (plus Lee) recognized again for the great band they were and the influence they've had.
If you talk to Dave, please let him know that I appreciate his thoughtfulness and concern a great deal, and I look forward to seeing him again at some Blasters gig, whether it's him or me on stage. Long live the Blasters.
best regards, Keith
3/12/02 -- Dave Alvin's new live CD will be called "Out in California," and
is scheduled for release on 5/21. Info from Hightone records web site. www.hightone.com
OUT IN CALIFORNIA Produced by Dave Alvin HCD8144
Track listing: Out in California, Highway 99, Abilene, 4th of July, Dont Let Your Deal Go Down, Little Honey/Who Do You Love, Blue Blvd, Andersonville, Haleys Comet, Wanda and Duane, All Round Man, American Music
Hightone Press Release: Dave Alvin, winner of a 2001 Grammy for his last release Public Domain, continues his exploration of what he calls electric and acoustic folk
music with this live album, Out in California. Daves public performances, like his studio recordings, have taken on a dual nature---some are all-out rock and roll with The Guilty Men, and some are more acoustic-orientedwhat is regarded as traditional folk music. Both approaches are represented on this new album.
The rock and roll tracks with The Guilty Men (Bobby Lloyds Hicks, Joe Terry, Gregory Boaz, Rick Shea) joined by alumni and special guests Brantley Kearns, Juke Logan and Chris Gaffney, were recorded in August of last year at The Blue Café in Long Beach, California. They feature wild guitar workouts from Dave and performances from the rest of the band that go beyond the original studio versions. In addition, there is a new original Dave Alvin song ---Highway 99.
On the acoustic tracks, Dave is backed by Brantley Kearns, Rick Shea and Greg Leisz during a performance from January of this year at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, California. He re-examines Blue Blvd and Andersonville from his first two HighTone CDs.
In addition, he does a version of a 1920s blues song, All Round Man, by Bo Carter.
3/1/02 -- The Blasters reunion tour will start in a few days. Watch the front page of this web site for daily updates from the Blasters tour Tour Diary
2/24/02 -- Blue Shadows new album report from Jake Matson: The record is very close to being completed. There are thirteen tracks and a few of the tracks feature Dave Alvin, Gene Taylor, John Bazz and Bill Bateman combined. I don't need to tell you what an honor that is for me. Also contributing a lot of talent were Erin from Rumble King and Kid Ramos. We have had a lot of fun recording it.
2/15/02 -- Christy McWilson has announced she will tour in support of her new Dave-Alvin-produced HighTone album Bed Of Roses, which is due out on 3/19/02. Her backing band is Dave Alvin, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Bobby Lloyd Hicks and Joe Terry. Check the tour dates section for the stop in your area.
2/11/02 -- Dave Alvin starts a scheduled 2 weeks in the studio today as producer to record Rick Shea and Brantley Kearns new record for Tres Pescadores records.
2/8/02 -- The Blasters reunion tour in California has added another date at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma CA on 3/10/02 Scan down the end of this list for venue information for the reunion tour.
2/7/02 -- Dave Alvin just spent the past few days writing songs with Ron Hodges of the Iguanas. Those songs will appear on the next Iguanas album.
2/5/02 -- Dave Alvin will play the E-Town radio show on February 12 in Boulder Colorado with Greg Leisz.
2/2/02 -- The Blasters consisting of Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, John Bazz, Bill Bateman, and Gene Taylor will reunite for a handful of shows in California in March 2002 -- March 5, 2002 is the date to celebrate as Rhino records releases all the Blasters recordings in a set Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings.
1/30/02 -- Dave Alvin will release a live album on Hightone records in the summer. It will contain songs recorded from two August 2001 shows: Santa Barbaras Labarro Theatre and The Blue Cafe in Long Beach and an acoustic show at Pasadenas Neighborhood Church. Dave will spend February mixing the album. -- Also in February Dave Alvin played on and produced a new album by Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns for Tres Pescadores records. -- Christy McWilson's CD Bed of Roses will be released on HighTone on March 19. Dave produced and played on the CD. Peter Buck of R.E.M. plays on the album also. -- Dave will be playing on some Christy McWilson promotional dates accompanied by Peter Buck and Scot McCoy. Watch for more details on a possible tour in April across the country.
1/26/02 -- After rumors of the Blasters reunion tour falling apart, on this date, January 26, 2002, All 5 members of the original Blasters have confirmed they will do these reunion shows.
1/23/02 -- The go ahead has been given by Blasters management to book four dates in California with Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, John Bazz, Bill Bateman, and Gene Taylor performing as the Blasters.Here are the dates and the venue information. Expect these shows to sell out very fast.
Disclaimer: The Blasters newsletter, The Blasters management, and the Blasters
themselves accept no responsibility for any cancellations of the mentioned events, changes
in band members, or availability of tickets to the events. In other words folks, if you
are traveling (and I'm sure a lot of us are); contact the venues and make your plans
carefully, because with the Blasters, you never know what can happen next.
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