Brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have made musical careers of taking what was once old and making it new again. In some cases, the two who were the creating force behind acclaimed roots rock 'n' roll band The Blasters, have also created new music that you could swear was from a by-gone era when original music was recorded on vinyl for audiences steeped in blues, country, folk and of course early rock.
Like most brothers, the two siblings, who formed The Blasters in 1979, have quarreled during the past 35 years. But in the past two years, time has healed wounds, even one that came dangerously close to having Phil meet his maker.
But a brush with death has a way of reconciling brothers. The key, then, was to find one thing they could agree on, and apparently, that was easy.More »