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Blackjack David

Dave Alvin

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Dave Alvin earned his crown as "the King of California" the hard way. A fourth-generation Californian, Alvin worked his way through various incarnations in order to arrive at this point. A longstanding monumental force in Los Angeles and California music, Alvin is essentially a blues player who writes and performs what he terms "American folk music." From Celtic and British folk tunes to early rock & roll, from classic blues and country & western to the Bakersfield sound, Alvin knows his stuff. Gleaning from all the genres, Alvin sits firmly upon his throne, creating a brand of music that is intelligent, insightful, and broad in scope. With Alvin at peace with his creative direction, Blackjack David picks up where King of California left off in 1994. More electric, Blackjack David almost rocks in places, as on "Abilene" and "New Highway." It ambles along nicely in other spots, too. The title cut, a traditional tune hundreds of years old, is given new life under the deft Alvin touch and a new arrangement. This effectively connects the past and the present in terms of Alvin and his place in musical history. "1968," written with fellow "405 Freeway Boy" Chris Gaffney, reveals a country twist. As interesting as anything either of them have written individually, the Tom Russell co-write "California Snow" is startling in its intensity. The final cut, "Tall Trees," is haunting and mysterious, displaying all of Alvin's power as a writer and communicator in a subtle fashion that demands attention. A Renaissance man, Dave Alvin continues to make and record music of integrity.
© Jana Pendragon /TiVo

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1
Blackjack David
00:04:59

David Piltch, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dillon O'Brian, Accordion, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional Arrangement, ComposerLyricist - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

2
Abilene
00:04:57

Dillon O'Brian, Accordion, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

3
New Highway
00:03:13

David Jackson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

4
California Snow
00:04:00

Dillon O'Brian, Accordion, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Jackson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Russell, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

5
Evening Blues
00:05:32

David Piltch, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dillon O'Brian, Accordion, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

6
The Way You Say Goodbye
00:04:37

Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan McGough, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

7
Mary Brown
00:04:30

David Piltch, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

8
Laurel Lynn
00:03:35

Brantley Kearns, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gaffney, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Boaz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

9
1968
00:04:03

Brantley Kearns, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Gaffney, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

10
From A Kitchen Table
00:05:56

Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - BOB GLAUB, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Wieselman, Clarinet, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

11
Tall Trees
00:04:54

Fontaine Brown, ComposerLyricist - David Piltch, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dillon O'Brian, Accordion, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Alvin, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Ahlert, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan McGough, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1998 Craft Recordings.

Album Description

Dave Alvin earned his crown as "the King of California" the hard way. A fourth-generation Californian, Alvin worked his way through various incarnations in order to arrive at this point. A longstanding monumental force in Los Angeles and California music, Alvin is essentially a blues player who writes and performs what he terms "American folk music." From Celtic and British folk tunes to early rock & roll, from classic blues and country & western to the Bakersfield sound, Alvin knows his stuff. Gleaning from all the genres, Alvin sits firmly upon his throne, creating a brand of music that is intelligent, insightful, and broad in scope. With Alvin at peace with his creative direction, Blackjack David picks up where King of California left off in 1994. More electric, Blackjack David almost rocks in places, as on "Abilene" and "New Highway." It ambles along nicely in other spots, too. The title cut, a traditional tune hundreds of years old, is given new life under the deft Alvin touch and a new arrangement. This effectively connects the past and the present in terms of Alvin and his place in musical history. "1968," written with fellow "405 Freeway Boy" Chris Gaffney, reveals a country twist. As interesting as anything either of them have written individually, the Tom Russell co-write "California Snow" is startling in its intensity. The final cut, "Tall Trees," is haunting and mysterious, displaying all of Alvin's power as a writer and communicator in a subtle fashion that demands attention. A Renaissance man, Dave Alvin continues to make and record music of integrity.
© Jana Pendragon /TiVo

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