When Dave Alvin played the Visual Arts Collective in 2012, he told the crowd that George Jones almost recorded one of his songs. But he said the session was canceled at the last minute because someone deemed the song "too country for George Jones."
The Possum may have passed the ex-Blaster by, but many other big names haven't. Dwight Yoakam, The Pointer Sisters, Los Lobos and the seminal Los Angeles punk band X have all covered Alvin's work. Another Alvin fan is Record Exchange owner Michael Bunnell, who picked him to play Alive After Five in 2007 to celebrate the store's 30th anniversary.
Alvin calls his current backing band The Guilty Ones. With a resume like his, however, the man shouldn't have much to feel guilty about.
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