phil alvin Archive

Album Review: Phil Alvin – Un “Sung Stories”

With the departure of Dave Alvin in 1986, it looked the Blasters were finished. So it was no surprise that guitarist Phil Alvin took the opportunity to record and release his first solo album, Un “Sung Stories”. But Alvin’s solo debut found him traveling far from the straight-ahead rockabilly sounds of the Blasters. On three

The Blasters: Still Making American Music

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.