After almost 30 years since their last joint effort, Phil and Dave Alvin have finally recorded together again. Since Dave left the Blasters years ago, the brothers have, as brothers sometimes will, gone through some rocky times in their relationship, but their love for one another remains obvious as when Phil fell ill a couple of years ago. Now seemingly back in good health, Phil joins brother Dave in a recorded tribute to Big Bill Broonzy.
The brothers released the album Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy on June 3. The record features 12 of Broonzy’s classic country blues songs.
In press materials, Dave says, ““We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy.” So it’s great to see these guys finally found common musical ground again after all these years. And it’s great to hear them playing and singing together again. And they both still sound great. Phil sounds just like he did back in the Blasters’ hayday, and Dave has grown incredibly as both a guitarist and singer. I look forward to hearing the entire record and maybe I can get a review posted here. For now, here’s a cut from the record, “All By Myself.” It sounds great!