Dave Alvin Reports on his new West Of The West album
Dave Alvin's next album will be a collection of California songwriters songs done Dave Alvin style. Dave: "There will be some Dave Alvin songs, Dave and Tom Russell songs. There will be writers you never heard of and songs by famous people. Tom Waits gave me a song he has never recorded, Jackson Browne, David and Louis from Los Lobos did too. There is everything from Merle Haggard to Brian Wilson to Jerry Garcia. It's gonna be all over the place. It's something I've wanted to do for years."
Song List: "California Bloodlines" by John Stewart, "Surfer Girl" by Brian Wilson, "Redneck Friend" by Jackson Browne, "Tramps and Hawkers" by Jim Ringer, "I'm Bewildered" by Richard Berry (he wrote "Louie Louie"), "Kern River" by Merle Haggard, "Down on the River Bed" by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez from Los Lobos, "Here In California" by Kate Wolf, "Loser" by Jerry Garcia, "Don't Look Now" by John Fogerty, "Blind Love" by Tom Waits, "Between the Cracks" by Dave and Tom Russell, and "Sonora's Death Row" by Blackie Farrell.
Dave: " The Guilty Men and Chris Gaffney are on the record as are the Ashgrove session musicians Don Heffington and Bob Glaub. Christie McWilson sings a duet with me. The Calvanes will be on "Surfer Girl" and "I'm Bewildered." On "I'm Bewildered" I imagined Richard Berry and Johnny Guitar Watson together, even though they never made records together. This was my chance to imagine that they had made a record together. I do my best Johnny Guitar Watson imitation on guitar."
Dave: "None of the songs sound like the originals. Maybe they have the same vibe, but bear no resemblance at all to the originals. The Tom Waits song is done like a Jimmy Reed blues song. Jackson Browne's song is done like a blues number. The end result is that they all sound like Dave Alvin songs."
"I thought it was gonna be mainly an acoustic record but when it's all said and done it's a combo - a tad more acoustic than Ashgrove but there are loud guitars all over it."
What will Dave do next? Dave: "I'll be doing an electric band tour after the record comes out. Then after that I'd like to have a Dave Alvin record (with original songs) out in late 2006. --AM.