Sunday, November 30, 2008

WFHB Americana Genre Director Quick Pick: Dave Alvin, Best of the Hightone Years



Label: Hightone


Dave Alvin


Best of the Hightone Years

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Review: Alvin’s long and colorful Americana career includes founding member status of the legendary Blasters, as well as stints with the Knitters and, for a time, as Billy Zoom’s replacement in the seminal L.A. punk country band X.  Alvin’s sound has always been rooted in blues and Americana music, and his solo records on Hightone are proof.  This collection swings between fingerpicked country blues, National slide, and straight ahead country rock.  This “Best of” includes unreleased tracks “Dry River” and “Dixie Highway Blues” and “Out in California.”

comments / tracks  of interest:  Plenty to draw on here, but recommended tracks include the signature acoustic roll “King of California (track 2),”  rocker “Haley’s Comet (with Dwight Yoakam, track 3),” an acoustic version of X standard “4th of July (track 5)” and the  smoker 12-bar “Out in California” (track 13).

 FCC: none 

reviewer:  Hopedaddy



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