Dave Alvin first received acclaim in L.A. roots rockers The Blasters, for which has was the primary songwriter, and whose revved up take on rhythm and blues won favor in the early-80′s punk rock scene and beyond. After a short stint with country-punkers The Knitters and punk-rockers X, Alvin launched his highly-regarded solo career which continues to this day. Alvin’s latest album, Eleven Eleven, came out in 2011.
This interview was for a preview article for the show by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones on 9/19/12 at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration of the Tales from the Tavern series. The interview was done by phone on 8/30/12. (Brian Blouser photo)
X at Cinco de Mayo Festival, Nipomo, California, 5/6/12 (L. Paul Mann photos, copyrighted and all rights reserved)
X at Coachella, 4/19/09. (L. Paul Mann photos, copyrighted and all rights reserved)
John Doe is one of the primary songwriters and singers for the band X, along with Exene Cervenka. X’s 1980 debut album Los Angeles, produced by Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, ranks as one of the best punk albums of all time. This was followed by other acclaimed X albums, and a solo career that explored more of a roots music direction. Doe is also an actor who has appeared in a variety of films and television shows.
This interview was conducted by telephone on 11/4/10, while Doe was driving to the airport for a trip to Las Vegas. It formed the basis of a preview article for X’s XMAS concert on 12/16/10 at the Majestic Ventura Theater.
Review of Exene Cervenka’s concert at Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara on 11/15/09
Songwriters and musicians answer the question: What advice would you give to an aspiring songwriter/musician? Responses from:
Sir George Martin
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford
Rickie Lee Jones
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt
Abdul “Duke” Fakir
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka
Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia
Country Joe McDonald
Van Dyke Parks
James Jackson Toth
Will Cullen Hart