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Music: Dave Alvin

By Greg Gaston · May 12th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

The celebrated roots-rocker, Dave Alvin, whose career has spanned from his rockabilly days with The Blasters back in the ‘80s to his still-flourishing 20-year solo career, likes to mix it up on the road. Between his longtime band, The Guilty Men, his part-time membership in The Knitters with John Doe, and his occasional reunion gigs with his brother Phil and the other ex-Blasters, Alvin spreads his vintage blend of Blues/Folk/Country around as much as he can.

He is playing a solo acoustic show here in Cincinnati this time out, but he’s prepping for a long summer/fall tour with the Guilty Women.

We can call his music whatever we like -- Roots Rock, AltCountry or Americana, but Alvin refuses to cater to any of these labels. He clarifies, “To me, I play music and make a living at it. If I feel like playing Big Bill’s songs one week and Robert Johnson songs another, then that’s what I’m going to do. I don’t want to have to feel constricted at all. I mean, ask any of my ex-girlfriends. I don’t like to be labeled or pigeonholed.”

See him at the Southgate House.



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