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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.
May 12, 2014
  • American Music # 71 May 2014 is out now. In this Issue: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin play SXSW Austin TX 2014, Keith Wyatt on The Blasters and 'X' Family Christmas Tour and the Blasters Texas Tour, Janne Kurunsaari reports on the Family Christmas tour, and Rosie Flores is interviewed on writing 'Goodbye Again' with Dave Alvin.
April 16, 2014
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin made a stop at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago to handle and play a guitar by blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Big Bill Broonzy. See the video here.
April 8, 2014
  • Yep Roc Records is taking preorders for Dave Alvin & Phil Alvins' Common Ground due for release on June 3. When you preorder the CD and vinyl LP, you can order a limited edition Dave and Phil Belt Buckle. goto
April 7, 2014
  • April 19, 2014 is record store day. Yep Roc records will release a double 10" vinyl limited edition set of 4 songs from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvins' forthcoming Yep Roc Records release 'Common Ground.' You must go to a participating record store to buy this exclusive release.
February 19, 2014
  • Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin premiere a new track from the forthcoming Common Ground album here.
February 8, 2014
  • American Music # 70 February 2014 The Special 20th Anniversary Issue is now online featuring Danny Bland on 'In Case We Die,' Dave Alvin's 2013 Facebook Diary, and some words from the AM staff.
February 2, 2014
  • February 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Issue #1 of American Music: The Blasters / Dave Alvin Newsletter. Expect issue #70 to be released this week.
January 1, 2014
  • The American Music Newsletter #69 December 2013 has just been released featuring The Mike Eldred Trio interview, Rick Shea on his new CD 'Sweet Bernardine,' and the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
December 21, 2013
  • Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everybody. Expect a brand new Blasters newsletter to drop any day now with some exciting big news.
December 8, 2013
  • Phil and Dave Alvin will be be aboard together on the Roots on the Rails train trip from Chicago to Albuquerque on April 11-15, 2014
September 24, 2013
  • The Blasters and the band 'X' have announced 'The Family Christmas Tour' with both of them touring together for the first time. It runs from November 29 in Phoenix and up the west coast ending in Seattle on December 21. Watch for updates
July 13, 2013
  • Adios Lounge has posted a retrospective of Phil Alvin's 1986 solo album Unsung Stories. Check it out here.
July 2, 2013
June 22, 2013
  • BRAND NEW DAVE ALVIN! Featured on The Lone Ranger: Wanted album inspired by the forthcoming movie, you'll find Dave Alvin's version of "Lonesome Whistle". Check out the full track listing and pre-order here
June 3, 2013
On June 4, 2013 The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released. Look for the CD to be sold at Dave Alvin shows right now. Amazon lists a number of formats available: A delux CD/DVD, A hardcover cook, and a standard CD. On iTunes you can buy the music and a digital book as well.

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is a collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King that features an all-star cast of singers on the soundtrack album, including Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin. The musical is now available to stream "John Mellencamp, Stephen King, T Bone Burnett's 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' Album Premiere - Speakeasy - WSJ

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May 31, 2013
  • Tuesday June 4, 2013, is a very important day In 'Blasters history' (or 'Blastory'). The rock opera CD "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' is released featuring the first ever recordings of Phil and Dave Alvin singing together (this was recorded before Dave and Phil did "Whats Up With Your Brother" on Eleven Eleven. Check out a trailer for the CD on youtube.
May 8, 2013
  • The American Music Newsletter # 68 May 2013 is out now featuring coverage of the Phil Alvin Benefit concert, Dave Alvin as a song co-writer, Dwight Yoakam's association with the Blasters and all the latest news.
March 31, 2013
  • The 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' CD featuring Phil and Dave Alvin is due for release on June 4.
February 23, 2013
  • A limited edition T-shirt was printed for the Phil Alvin Benefit. A few are still available and for sale online here.
February 2, 2013
  • The Phil Alvin Benefit show was a great success. You can find many reviews on the internet and videos on youtube. The BlastersNewsletter will have full coverage next issue. Artist Gary Houston designed a limited edition poster for the event. A few are left and can be purchased on All profits from the poster go to Phil Alvin's medical relief fund.
January 6, 2013
  • The Phil Alvin benefit show on 1/26 at The Observatory in Santa Ana CA is now sold out. If you would like to contribute to Phil's medical relief fund by mail: Make checks payable to New Highway INC. and send to New Highway INC., 1563 Solano Ave. #439, Berkeley, CA, 94707
January 1, 2013
  • American Music # 67 for December 2012 is out now. It includes a story on the 25th Anniversary of Dave Alvin's first solo album Romeo's Escape, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County CD release is announced, A Dave Alvin's Christmas song, and the latest news.
December 6, 2012
  • American Music #67 will be released soon featuring an extensive interview of Dave Alvin for the 25th Anniversary of his first solo album "Romeo's Escape."
December 2, 2012
  • The Blasters with Dave Alvin will perform together for a Phil Alvin benefit on January 26, 2013 in Santa Ana CA at The Observatory to raise funds for Phil's medical bills. A Fender custom shop replica of Dave Alvin's infamous Mustang guitar (used in the early Blasters days), autographed by the Blasters will be auctioned off.
November 14, 2012
  • Rolling Stone magazine has reported that "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD sound track will be released on March 19, 2012. The rock opera project features Phil and Dave Alvin on 5 songs. Read more about it here.
October 26, 2012
  • Look for Dave Alvin making a surprise appearance at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame show on saturday 10/27/12 in Cleveland at a Tribute to Chuck Berry.
October 10, 2012
  • Check out an extensive Dave Alvin interview on the WTF Podcast here.
October 9, 2012
  • Phil Alvin will be performing with Exene Cervenka of X on a bill with Petunia and the Vipers on a 6 date tour of Southern California October 8 - 14.
October 8, 2012
  • Dave Alvin Guitar Stolen in San Francisco -- Dave Alvin said on his facebook page: "Had an amazing and exhausting weekend at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. I have wonderful memories of playing with The Guilty Ones with my dear brother Phil joining us, the tribute to Doug Sahm (with Boz Scaggs, Derek O'Brien, Jimmie Vaughan, Delbert McClinton and Boz's tough band) and, of course, The Knitters. Sadly, though, these memories are now badly tarnished by the fact that someone (I'm trying to refrain from using profanity) STOLE my beloved Jerry Jones single cutaway Neptune baritone guitar that I play with the Knitters. If anyone in the Bay area sees this in any pawn shops or on the streets of San Francisco, please let me know. Thanks. --Dave"
October 7, 2012
  • Listen to Dave Alvin in performance and interview on the BBC Radio Scotland show 'Another Country' here.
September 26, 2012
  • Yep Roc records will release 2 Dave Alvin albums on vinyl before the end of 2012 - Ashgrove and West Of The West. Each will contain a bonus track.
July 28, 2012
  • The Blasters 'Fun On Saturday Night' CD just hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Chart.  RMR
July 3, 2012
  • American Music: The Blasters Newsletter #66 July 2012 is now available online. This issue features coverage of the Blasters Fun On Saturday Night CD, Phil Alvin's 'Miracle' recovery in Spain, and a review of the Troubadour Blues DVD.
  • Today July 3, 2012 The Blasters release their new CD Fun On Saturday Night on Rip Cat Records.
July 2, 2012
  • Update On Phil Alvin by Phil Alvin today: “Billy, I am already better. Out of the hospital and on my way home Thursday or Saturday. Unbelievable but true - I am in perfect health. ‘Yo soy a Valenciano!’ The flatlining removed my desire to smoke as well. We are on our way to immortality - I swear to you!”
  • Expect a new American Music newsletter on July 3 with the full story on Phil and the new Blasters CD.
June 26, 2012
  • John Bazz update on Phil Alvin: "We're here in Spain with Phil until Thursday. His cousin Paul flew in yesterday and is staying with Phil until he's released and is probably going to fly back to LA with him too. Today Phil is walking, talking and breathing on his own. Kinda wish he was silent again, as he has turned into a real task master and has us all jumping through hoops!"
June 25, 2012
  • The Blasters all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' will be released on July 3, 2012 on Rip Cat Records. Please order the CD directly from Rip Cat. You can hear a sample of the album streaming here.
June 25, 2012
  • Dave Alvin update on Phil Alvin: "For all of you who've been asking, here's a short version of my brother Phil's situation: My brother did NOT have a heart attack and he is NOT in a coma. Phil had trouble breathing after a performance in Valencia, Spain last week. He was taken to a hospital where an emergency tracheotomy was performed so he could breathe. Thankfully, his vocal chords were left untouched. The reason for his breathing difficulty is still being determined and he is still in ICU but Phil IS RECOVERING slowly and surely. The Blasters are there with him and family members and friends are on the way. Sincere heartfelt thanks from me to all of you for all of your support through this rough time."
June 23, 2012
  • Dave Alvin updates us regarding Phil in the hospital in Spain: "Long story short: After a couple of rough days, my brother Phil (truly One Bad Stud) is recovering slowly but steadily and is in excellent medical hands in Spain. Sincere thanks to all of you who have been sending him your positive vibes, healing thoughts, prayers, non-prayers, best wishes, jokes, memories, etc. It means a lot to Phil, our family and me. Thank you."
June 21, 2012
  • The Blasters have had to cancel their June/July 2012 European Tour because of a health issue with Phil Alvin. Dave Alvin issued a statement on facebook: "As some of you may have heard through various grapevines, my brother Phil has been hospitalized in Spain. Things are still up in the air regarding his medical condition so I won't say anything else now except that Phil needs some of your positive thoughts, best wishes, good vibes, corny jokes, etc. Needless to say, The Blasters have cancelled their summer European tour."
June 12, 2012
  • The Blasters all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' is now due for release on July 3, 2012 on Rip Cat records. Here is the track listing: 1. Well Oh Well 2. Jackson 3. Breath Of My Love 4. Fun On Saturday Night 5. No Nights By Myself 6. Love Me With A Feeling 7. I Don't Want Cha 8. Please Please Please 9. Rock My Blues Away 10. Penny 11. The Yodeling Mountaineer 12. Maria Maria
May 28, 2012
  • The Blasters will release an all new studio album called 'Fun On Saturday Night' on June 17, 2012 on Rip Cat records.
April 6, 2012
  • The release date of Dave Alvin's expanded edition of Eleven Eleven has been delayed until 5/15/12 by Yep Roc Records.
February 15, 2012
  • American Music # 65 February 2012 is out now. Featuring stories on: The Blasters shows fronted by Dave Alvin, ‘The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ announced, Eleven Eleven Deluxe CD Edition, more Dave Alvin music on 'Justified', The Blasters on the East Coast 2011, and The Original Blasters New Years Eve party.
January 17, 2012
  • Dave Alvin is set to release an expanded edition of Eleven Eleven on April 17. It will include two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Signal Hill" and "Never Trust A Woman," a live performance DVD, a live recording of Eleven Eleven, and a repackaging of the original full-length album - over 3 hours of music.
December 16, 2011
  • Happy Birthday! Today Blasters' drummer Bill Bateman turns 60 and is still smashing the skins!
November 23, 2011
  • Phil Alvin is recovering from knee surgery and will not be able to perform on the Blasters December west coast tour. All shows are canceled except San Diego, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, and Ventura. At those 4 shows, Dave Alvin will front the Blasters in place of Phil.
November 20, 2011
November 11, 2011
  • Happy Birthday to Dave Alvin today on Eleven, Eleven, Eleven day! An all "Eleven Eleven" coverage issue of the American Music newsletter will be released very very soon.
July 19, 2011
  • Watch a performance/Interview of Dave Alvin at Rolling Stone here talking about and performing acoustic songs from Eleven Eleven.
June 1, 2011
  • Dave Alvin's new CD Eleven Eleven is due out on 6/21/11. You can preorder it now and receive exclusive bonus stuff here.


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