Dave Alvin and Yep Roc Records have teamed up with Facebook to offer fans an exclusive, first-listen of Alvin’s new studio album “Eleven Eleven.” For a limited time on Dave Alvin’s official Facebook page, listen to the entire record and pre-order the album on iTunes before it hits stores on June 21st. Previously announced, Dave Alvin and his band, the Guilty Ones, will hit the road on a 30+ date coast-to-coast U.S. summer tour in support of the album beginning June 11th.
Described as the “King of California’s” most driving, electric blues and rock oriented album since 2004’s critically acclaimed Ashgrove, Eleven Eleven includes 11-tracks featuring a host musicians Alvin had not recorded with since his days in The Blasters and for the first time ever, sings on record with his brother Phil, the lead singer of The Blasters.
Recently, Alvin released the first single from the new album titled “Harlan County Line.” The song, now available on iTunes, was written and recorded specifically for the FX television series Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. Alvin and his band appeared in an episode earlier this season (episode 3 titled “The I of the Storm”), performing during a barroom scene.
Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin, and Charles Bukowski, Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. “My songs are just like California,” says Alvin. “A big, messy melting pot."
A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, his 30 years of recordings and live performances move through loud, aggressive rock and roll to contemplative acoustic storytelling. His songs have been recorded by a who's who of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X; while they have also been featured in many movies and television shows including The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Justified, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality, and From Dusk To Dawn.
Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones confirmed U.S. tour dates:
Date Venue City/State
May 28 Moe’s Santa Cruz, CA
May 29 Santa Cruz Blues Festival Aptos, CA
June 11 The Earl Atlanta, GA w/ Los Straitjackets
June 14 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC w/ Los Straitjackets
June 15 The Visulite Charlotte, NC w/ Los Straitjackets
June 16 The Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC w/ Los Straitjackets
June 17 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA w/ Los Straitjackets
June 18 Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival Honesdale, PA
June 19 Club Helsinki Hudson, NY w/ Los Straitjackets
June 21 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
June 22 Johnny D’s Somerville, MA w/ Los Straitjackets
June 23 City Winery New York, NY w/ Los Straitjackets
June 24 City Winery New York, NY w/ Los Straitjackets
June 25 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA w/ Los Straitjackets
June 26 Concerts in the Studio Freehold, NJ
June 28 Ram’s Head Annapolis, MD
June 30 Southgate House Newport, KY
July 1 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
July 2 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
July 3 Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival Berwyn, IL
July 4 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
July 6 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
July 7 Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
July 8 Zoofest Lincoln, NE
July 9 Folly Theater Kansas City, MO
July 14 Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
July 15 Continental Club Houston Houston, TX
July 16 Continental Club Austin, TX
July 21 Soiled Dove Denver, CO
July 22 Performing Arts Center at Third Carbondale, CO
July 23 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
August 18 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA w/ Los Straitjackets
August 20 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA w/ Los Straitjackets
August 27 Slow Food Roots Music Festival Stanwood, WA
August 28 Eugene Celebration Eugene, OR
* additional dates to be announced
For up-to-date information, please visit the official Dave Alvin website: www.DaveAlvin.net.