Release Date: May 26, 2009
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Alternative, Country
In addition to his prodigious skills as a songwriter, arranger, and guitarist, Alvin has a knack for picking worthy associates. Lee Allen, John Doe, David Hidalgo, Greg Leisz—Alvin’s shared the stage or studio with all of them. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the highlights of his new release is the company Alvin’s keeping. Released in combination with a tribute album honoring his late friend/band-mate Chris Gaffney, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women is, in some sense, another kind of tribute to Gaffney.
Getting closer to his sensitive side, L.A. roots godfather Dave Alvin chose for this May release to record with an all-female band, including Austinites Cindy Cashdollar, Sarah Brown, and Lisa Pankratz, on material featuring Ana Egge's "River Under the Road" and Amy Farris' "Anyway." All that talent still adds up to a disappointment filled with gauzy arrangements and magnified by Alvin's rare lackluster vocals. (Saturday, April 18, 6:45pm, Hill Country Stage.) .