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Alvin plans to release rarities, unreleased tracks

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Dave Alvin will release "From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings" on Nov. 20 on Yep Roc Records.

The 16-song collection features songs recorded over the years for his own records and tribute albums, but "the majority were recorded for no other reason at all than the sheer kicks of going into a recording studio to make some joyous noise with musicians and singers that I love and admire," said Alvin.

Produced by Alvin, the CD offers a mix of acoustic blues and ballads to electric bar room blues to folk and country/rock. The album features songs written by Alvin plus songs courtesy of Peter Case, Bill Morrissey and Chris Smither, and heroes like Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Earl Hooker, Doug Sahm, Lil' Hardin Armstrong, Marty Robbins and Bo Carter. There are also contributions from friends including like Chris Gaffney, Amy Farris and Bobby Lloyd Hicks as well as from old Blasters pals like Gene Taylor along with various members of The Guilty Men/Women/Ones.

"If I had a few extra bucks in my pocket, I'd book a day in the studio, call some old (or new) friends, comrades and co-conspirators to join me and see what would happen," said Alvin, "no pressure, no expectations, just making music for the transcendental thrill of, well, making music."

The accompanists joining Alvin in-studio include Greg Leisz, Cindy Cashdollar, Bob Glaub, Don Heffington, Christy McWilson, Danny Ott, Dale Spalding and Cindy Wasserman.

"I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such a stellar collection of musicians to make some noise with and to say that I'm proud of the performances on this release would be a gigantic understatement," said Alvin. "And, yeah, of course, I played beat up, old guitars on all the songs. I sincerely hope you enjoy these songs (and the musicians/singers bringing them to life). These recordings may be rare, unreleased or little hear,d but I'm very proud of them, and they hold a very special, warm place in my heart. Just like my old guitars."

The track list is:
1. Link of Chain
2. Highway 61 Revisited
3. Variations On Earl Hooker's Guitar Rhumba
4. Amanda
5. Albuquerque
6. Mobile Blue
7. Perdido Street Blues
8. On The Way Downtown
9. Inside
10. Krazy And Ignatz
11. Peace
12. Man Walks Among Us
13. Beautiful City 'Cross The River
14. Dynamite Woman
15. Who's Been Here
16. Signal Hill Blues


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