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A gap of six years separates ASHGROVE from Dave Alvin's last batch of new
songs, 1998's BLACK JACK DAVID (a live album and a selection of traditional
songs came in between), and it sounds like he benefited from the break. As
always, the consummate roots-rocker splits his time between country, blues,
folk, and rock tunes, all delivered in his raw, honest baritone. As he did with
his erstwhile band the Blasters, Alvin paints vivid, organic pictures of
American life, giving small-scale moments and deceptively complicated
personalities their moment in song. Closing in on age 50, Alvin begins to
ruminate on his own life as well, looking back to his youth on the title track.
But he's at his best when he's inhabiting other characters, like the withered,
hospitalized old man in “The Man in the Bed” or the shady ne'er-do-well of
“Out of Control.” With his mastery of traditional American musical forms and
his strong narrative control, Alvin proves that there's still vitality in the
well-traveled roads of Americana. As a teenager Dave Alvin frequented legendary
L.A. blues clubs like the Ashgrove, where he soaked up the licks and the spirit
of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner. Alvin's first collection of new songs in
six years repays these debts with the meanest electric blues he's ever
played-and some of his most vivid, and most elegantly arranged, character
studies. “Out of Control” nails the seediest of L.A. night-crawlers, the
autobiographical “Nine Volt Heart” reveals the wonder of growing up with
soul-era radio, and “Everett Ruess,” the story of a desert drifter who
happily disappears forever,

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