At a time when rock music was taking a turn away from bloated arena rock toward stripped-down punk (and its commercial successor, new wave), the Blasters came onto the national scene with an even more rootsy approach. Led by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin, the group came from Downey, a city in metro Los Angeles.
Over the years, rootsy rock has had its moments on the cultural landscape. Every so often, it seems – typically when rock or pop music veers more than usual toward vapidity and lack of substance – some musicians take a look backward for inspiration, coming up with something exciting and compelling in the process. Of