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July 1, 2024
  • American Music # 96 July 2024 -is out now featuring -The Blasters 19880s manager Shelly Heber Interview Part 3, Dave Alvin on his 2024 album TexiCali, and Jesse Sykes of the Third Mind Interview.
February 1, 2024
  • American Music # 95 February 2024 The 30th Anniversary Issue is out now featuring -- Shelly Heber Interview Part 2, The Blasters Mandatory Best of CD, The Third Mind 2, and Dave Alvin as a voice for other artists.
August 8, 2023
  • American Music # 94 August 2023 is out now featuring -- Blasters' 1980s manager Shelly Heber Interview Part 1, Dave Alvin's Third Mind 2 preview, The Sweet Relief Fund, and Dave Alvin visits the Country Music Hall of Fame.
January 24, 2023
  • Phil Alvin has been having numerous health issues that have kept him hospitalized for the last year. His bills are mounting up and he could use our help. Please donate to the Sweet Relief Fund specifically set up to help Phil pay his health care costs. Consider it a thank you for all the great music Phil has given us over the years. Let's get him back out on the road Rockin' and Rollin.'
January 19, 2023
  • American Music # 93 January 2023 is out now featuring an interview and review of Dave Alvin’s New Highway Book, The 40th Anniversary Blasters Lobero Theater Riot and a Dave Alvin Bibliography.
July 19, 2022
  • American Music # 92 July 2022 is out now featuring Dave Alvin 2022 Interview, Bruce Bromberg Remembered, Americana Railroad CD, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
December 5, 2021
  • American Music # 91 December 2021 is out now featuring Delta Pacific: a pre-Blasters band interview with Doug Allgood and Kevin Fahy. Also The Blasters / Los Lobos / X family reunion show, and the Dave Alvin/CCR/X connection
July 9, 2021
  • American Music # 90 July 2021 is out not featuring the Return of the Blasters, Rick Shea’s new CD Love & Desperation, Gene Taylor’s six solo albums, remembering bluesman James Harman, and 25 years of Dave Alvin’s ‘Interstate City.’
May 15, 2021
  • The Blue Shadows are back together! The band features John Bazz and Bill Bateman of the Blasters, and Javier Matos on guitar and vocals. On Friday June 4, 2021 they will celebrate their return with a show at the Redwood bar in Los Angeles. Limited in-person seating for this exclusive show is available by reserving at The show will also be live streamed at
April 15, 2021
  •  American Music # 89 April 2021 is out now featuring a Tribute to Blaster Gene Taylor. Also a Gene Taylor 1996 interview, the latest news and Dave Alvin on Tribute albums.
February 24, 2021
  • On 2/20/21 legendary piano player Gene Taylor passed away at his home in Austin Texas from a heart attack. We will miss him very much.
December 4, 2020
November 17, 2020
  • Dave Alvin's New CD 'From An Old Guitar - Rare and Unreleased Recordings is out now on Yep Roc Records.
October 7, 2020
  • American Music # 88 October 2020 Is out now featuring -- Dave Alvin’s ‘From an Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased’ CD, The Blasters and band updates, and behind the scenes of Dave Alvin’s L.A. Times 2000 cover story.
June 28, 2020
  • Dave Alvin reports: "I'm very happy to announce that on July 3rd, Yep Roc Records will be releasing a new album, via Bandcamp, called Dave Alvin: From An Old Guitar - Rare And Unreleased Recordings. This 13 song collection features studio performances that I've recorded over the years for my own albums or for tribute albums but mainly they're just things I did for the pure kicks of playing music I love with musicians I love and admire. The songs range from some originals to interpretations of compositions by dear friends like Peter David Case, Chris Smither and the late Bill Morrissey to tunes written by heroes like Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Earl Hooker and Marty Robbins. The music ranges from acoustic blues and ballads to electric barroom blues, folk/rock and even a little country/rock. There are contributions from dearly departed comrades 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 plus help from brilliant accompanists like Greg Leisz, Cindy Cashdollar, Bob Glaub, Don Heffington, Danny Ott, Skip Edwards, Rick Shea, Chris G Miller, Wyman Reese, Dale Spalding and David J. Carpenter. 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. And, yeah, of course I played beat up, old guitars on all the songs."
April 10, 2020
  • American Music # 87 April 2020 is out now featuring  Dave Alvin's The Third Mind band, a Chris Gaffney Tribute show, and Dave Alvin's Poetic Performances.
February 9, 2020
  • THE THIRD MIND, Dave Alvin's new Supergroup releases its debut album February 14, 2020 on Yep Roc Records. The California-based supergroup features an all-star line-up of players – Dave Alvin (guitar, vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), David Immerglück (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Michael Jerome (drums, percussion) with special guest Jesse Sykes (guitar, vocals). The six-song collection features one original composition and five covers. Order it now at


December 24, 2019
  • Phil Alvin and The Blasters would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Rockin' New Year. In a phone conversation on Monday, Phil Alvin told the Blasters Newsletter that he thanks all the fans and friends for their good wishes and support through his recent illness. The Blasters have been doing light rehearsals every Monday. Phil says his recovery will take some time but he can't wait to get back out on the road doing shows with the Blasters.
November 11, 2019
  • American Music # 86 November 2019 is now online. Featuring a Steve Berlin Interview, Dave Alvin’s King of California 25th Anniversary Tour, The Center of Nowhere movie, and a Chris Gaffney memorial concert.
July 29, 2019
  • American Music # 85 July 2019 is now online. The Blasters 40th anniversary Issue: featuring 2019 Interviews with all the original and current Blasters, Dave Alvin’s 25th Anniversary re-release of King of California, Dave Alvin & Sophia Pfister’s collaboration, a review of new Dave Alvin essays, and the Last Train Tour.
July 6, 2019
  • The new issue of American Music: The Blasters Newsletter is coming soon and promises to be the biggest and best ever. In celebration of the Blasters 40th Anniversary, the newsletter will feature brand new interviews with the Original Blasters and the current Blasters - Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, John Bazz, Bill Bateman, Gene Taylor, Steve Berlin, and Keith Wyatt.
April 11, 2019
  • On 6/28/19 Craft Recordings will release a 25th Anniversary Edition of Dave Alvin's King Of California album on CD and Vinyl. The re-mastered version will include bonus tracks and new liner notes. It can be preordered here
March 2, 2019
  • On March 17, 2019 we will celebrate 40 Years since the Blasters first gig on St. Patrick's day 1979. The next Blasters newsletter due in May, will be a special 40th Anniversary issue.
March 1, 2019
  • There are two notable vinyl releases on Record Store Day 4/13/19. The Rockbeat label releases a 2-LP vinyl (limited pressing of 700) called "The Blasters: A Dark Night in Philly 1986." This is a soundboard recorded concert from The Chestnut Cabaret with Hollywood Fats on guitar from 7/19/86. Podcaster Marc Maron releases a various artist compilation on his own In House label, called "In The Garage: Live Music from WTF with Marc Maron — Vol. 1" which includes Dave Alvin doing "Help You Dream" acoustic. This one is limited to 2000 copies. These will be available on 4/13 at all Record Store day participating Record Shops.
Jan 4, 2019
  • American Music # 84 December 2018 -is out now featuring Dave Alvin’s 1993 Museum of Heart album, Dave & Jimmie Dales’ 2018 tour, Phil’s guitar lost and found, Flesh Eaters CD review, and Phil Alvin’s Solo Holiday Hayride.
July 29, 2018
  • American Music # 83 July 2018 -is out now. In this issue - Dave & Jimmie Dale ‘Downey To Lubbock’ interview, The Blasters in Finland 2018, Dave's Poems: From Printed Page to DVD, and Dave & Jimmie Dale Live in Philly review.
June 1, 2018
  • Dave Alvin has partnered with Jimmie Dale Gilmore for a new CD called "Downey To Lubbock" on Yep Roc Records. Expect a full feature in the next edition of The Blastersnewsletter.
March 20, 2018
  • American Music # 82 March 2018 - is out now. In this issue: The Blasters 2017 Holiday Hayride Tour, The 20th Anniversary of the Monsters of Folk, and a preview of Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gillmores' ‘Downey To Lubbock’ new album.
November 28, 2017
  • American Music # 81 November 2017 is out now. -- This Issue: A Farewell to Rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess, The Guilty Ones interview Part 2, Rick Shea’s new CD, and Dave Alvin Instrumentals.
September 22, 2017
  • Rick Shea, former member of Dave Alvin's Guilty Men has an east coast solo tour coming up.

Sat Sep 23rd - 24th - Amesbury Festival, Amesbury MA

Mon Sep 25th - House Concert, Bondsville MA 7pm

Wed Sep 27th The Music Café, Damascus MD 7pm

Thu Sep 28th The Blue Side Tavern, Frederick MD 9pm

Fri   Sep 29th O’Hair House Concert, Gaithersburg MD 7pm

Sat  Sep 30th The Paper Caves, Honesdale PA 7pm

Sun  Oct 1st Bound For Glory WVBR, Ithaca NY 8pm


June 28, 2017
  • American Music # 80 June 2017 is out now. -- A farewell to Bobby Lloyd Hicks, The Guilty Ones interview part 1, Katy Moffatt on a new CD, and a review of Hard Travelin'.
January 2, 2017
  • American Music #79 January 2017 is out now featuring The Blue Shadows Debut CD, The Mike Eldred Trio’s Baptist Town CD and “Everybody Digs Sammy Masters.”
August 19, 2016
  • American Music #78 August 2016 is out now featuring The 25th Anniversary of Dave Alvin's BLUE BLVD album in interviews. Also, Keith Wyatt on an alternate career of Guitar Instruction.
August 1, 2016
  • On August 21 we celebrate 25 years since the release of Dave Alvin's classic album "Blue BLVD" on HighTone Records. The American Music Newsletter this month will feature an extensive retrospective of the album through interviews with the musicians and producers, and of course many words from Dave Alvin himself.
July 23, 2016
  •  Javier Matos of the Blue Shadows is making two special appearances solo acoustic in the New York City area next week. 7/26 in Brooklyn at Rough Trade opening (at 9 pm) for the Cactus Blossoms and 7/27 in Brooklyn at the Jalopy Theater at 11 PM.
April 26, 2016
  • American Music #77 April 2016 is out now featuring the Keith Wyatt 20th Anniversary interview, Return of the Blue Shadows, "Under The Big Black Sun" Review, Dave Alvin - Liner note writer.
December 31, 2015
  • American Music #76 December 2015 is out now featuring The Dave & Phil Alvin Lost Time interview, Blasters tour report by Keith Wyatt, Big Joe Turner, and the Blasters 1986 Palace Show.  
December 12, 2015
  • Check Dave and Phil Alvin performing in the "Acoustic Guitar" magazine studio here.
November 25, 2015
  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time is currently #1 on Americana Airplay Chart
September 18, 2015
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin's Lost Time CD is now out. Get it here
August 26, 2015
  • Check out an article on the Red Devils by Chris Morris Here.
August 21, 2015
  • American Music # 75 December 2015 is out now featuring a Dave Alvin preview of Lost Time, Keith Wyatt’s Blasters update, and Los Lobos’ Dream In Blue book review.
June 24, 2015
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin reunite once again for a new album entitled "Lost Time," a collection of blues classics. Check out The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy for the premiere of the first single, “World’s In A Bad Condition.”
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April 11, 2015
  • American Music #74 April 2015 is out now featuring: Phil Alvin looking back at the Fun On Saturday Night CD, a feature on The California Feetwarmers band, and your questions answered by the band.
January 8, 2015
  • American Music #73 January 2015 is out now featuring: Keith Wyatt on The Blasters 2014 East Coast tour, The 2014 Dave & Phil Common Ground Tour, and Don Heffington’s Gloryland.
December 5, 2014
  • Congratulations to Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin who have been nominated for a Grammy for "Common Ground" as best Blues album.
September 23, 2014
  • American Music # 72 for September 2014 is now out here. In This Issue: The Dave and Phil Alvin Common Ground Interview, Keith Wyatt on the Blasters May, 2014 Midwest Tour, Mike Watt's 'Song For Dave Alvin,' and Dave Alvin's Mustang guitar replicated.
September 5, 2014
  • September is Blastember on Rockabilly n Blues Radio. 5 shows this month feature interview segments with Phil Alvin and Blasters music. Check it out here
June 3, 2014
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin's 'Common Ground' CD has been released.
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