About Dave Alvin
Guitarist and songwriter for celebrated roots rockers the Blasters, Dave Alvin, in his tenure with the band, aided a quiet but influential rockabilly revival in the early 1980s. By mid-decade he'd left the group to pursue a solo career, and also joined forces with the seminal L.A. punk band X. Alvin's songwriting and guitar playing helped to take the band in a more reflective and melodic direction. He also played in the band's acoustic country alter-ego, the Knitters, and explored film scoring and acting, released acclaimed solo albums, published books of his poetry, and produced and played on several recordings by similar-minded roots artists. Alvin's deft blending of soulful Americana with punky forthrightness has left its mark on a generation of independent singer-songwriters.