Live from Austin TX

Live from Austin TX

by Dave Alvin


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Live from Austin TX, part of a series of CD and DVD releases from the Austin City Limits archive, features former Blasters songwriter and guitarist Dave Alvin recorded on January 29, 1999. On these 13 tracks, Alvin and his awesome backup band, the Guilty Men, tackle three songs from his then-current album, Blackjack David -- "Mary Brown," "Abilene," and the title cut -- along with a few tunes from the 1994 release King of California and, of course, fan favorites "Border Radio" and "Marie Marie," which were initially recorded with the Blasters. The highlight of the set is another Alvin-penned Blasters track, "Jubilee Train," which is transformed here into a medley that incorporates Woody Guthrie's "Do-Re-Mi" and Chuck Berry's "Promised Land." Alvin masterfully weaves these narratives into an engaging slice of Americana, thematically reminiscent of Johnny Cash's concept travelogues such as Blood, Sweat and Tears. It's inevitable that any time Dave Alvin covers Blasters material (all of which he wrote), his vocals will be compared to those of his older brother, Phil Alvin. Since the younger sibling's range is the polar opposite of his brother's, comparisons -- especially at this point -- are insignificant, as his deep baritone is tailor-made for these tunes. All in all, this is a spirited performance and acts as a companion set to Alvin's 1996 album, Interstate City, which was also recorded live.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2007
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396611324
catalogNumber: 6113
Rank: 77197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Alvin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Gaffney   Accordion
Joe Terry   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ted Roddy   Harmonica
Rick Shea   Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Gregory Boaz   Bass
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Dave Alvin   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Thomas Russell   Composer
Terry Lickona   Liner Notes
Gary Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Cameron Strang   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Jay Woods   Audio Production

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