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Sunday, July 6 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

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For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records. 

The brothers, from Downey, Calif., debuted their most recent collaboration at SXSW in March and will tour North America and Europe throughout 2014. “The whole idea is to showcase the breadth of Broonzy's songwriting,” says singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Alvin. “On the couple of songs I sing, I took some liberties, but I am always playing Bill Broonzy chords. 

The Alvins’ performances together since Dave’s departure from the Blasters in 1986 have been mostly limited to a reunion tour in 2003, tracks on the John Mellencamp-Stephen King musical‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’and Dave’s last album, 'Eleven Eleven'. Famous for not always getting always, they joked that doing Broonzy songs would eliminate the arguing. “We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave. 

The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend. And now, the time has come, so don't miss it; whether as an acoustic duo or with the band The Guilty Ones, by all accounts it's a terrific show!


Sunday July 6, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Black Sheep Stage

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