DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- For any veteran artist, it can be almost unfair to compare their current work with their past creations.
("The Brim". Dave Leslie. Corvallis, OR: 2001, Louie Records.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The last time the Flatlanders tried to put out a record, there were no VCR, Marlon Brando was mumbling away as The Godfather, Bobby Fischer outfoxed Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship, Sammy Davis Jr's sickly sweet "Candy Man" topped the charts, Mark Spitz cleaned up the gold in the tragic Munich Olympics, Vietnam still raged, and I was daydreaming my way through High School. To the best of my recollection, anyway.
POWAY, Calif. -- Dave Alvin can no longer downplay his role as the Golden State's musical ambassador. From the title of his latest release to the CD's artwork to several of the live album's song titles, this record oozes California. Alvin, the fourth-generation Californian who has just come off a successful reunion tour with his brother Phil and their seminal '80s roots-rock band the Blasters, has compiled 13 songs with a very West Coast vibe.
(Hellborg / Lane / Sipe. Personae. New York, N.Y.: Bardo.
(Clannad. A Magical Gathering - The Clannad Anthology. City, State: Rhino
(Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Live at McCabe's
(McBride & the Ride. Amarillo Sky. Nashville, Tenn.: Dualtone
(Leftover Salmon. Live. Nashville, Tenn.: Compass Records.