Wednesday, September 30, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DAVE & PHIL ALVIN - LOST TIME
Common Ground was a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, a shared love of the brothers and something easy to work on for a new beginning. This set is made of covers as well, but a more varied lot. The young Alvins met and mentored with Big Joe Turner, and do four of his numbers. There's a version of the Rising Sun Blues, the more traditional take on House of the Rising Sun, a fun cover of James Brown's Please, Please, Please, and the somewhat obscure old blues tune Papa's on the House Top.
On the more electric side, there's a strong boogie version of Otis Rush's Sit Down, Baby, Dave Alvin's guitar taking some stinging leads between the verses. Phil's vocals are a major part of the formula, with lots of comfort and passion. Both brothers know how to perform with intensity, but never to the point of histrionics. They also show a hitherto unexplored connection between folk, traditional, jump and electric blues: I believe it's called the groove. No more fights please, brothers.