"Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women" by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Roots-rocker Dave Alvin turns in a poignant, spirited and spontaneous rush of new folk and bluegrass-inspired music thanks to a collaboration with the Guilty Women, a line-up of first-rate female musical pros who’d joined Alvin for several impromptu live performances before hitting an Austin recording studio. With Cindy Cashdollar on steel, lap steel, dobro and anything else she could wrap her hands on, Nina Gerber on lead guitar, Amy Farris on strings, and several other experienced, empathetic players, Dave Alvin relaxes — after a trying year that saw him lose his accordionist and friend Chris Gaffney — with songs that allow him to sing in his warmest tones. “Downey Girl” is a simmering and gentle offering to his unlikely hometown hero Karen Carpenter. “Anyway” is a striking duet with co-writer Amy Farris. Alvin further shares the spotlight with Christy McWilson’s bluesy “Weight of the World,” pushing an urgent field-holler spiritualism wrapped inside its husky blues. Tim Hardin’s “Don’t Make Promises” and “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” offer up two differing outlooks on the world at hand, both convincingly performed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Roots-rocker Dave Alvin turns in a poignant, spirited and spontaneous rush of new folk and bluegrass-inspired music thanks to a collaboration with the Guilty Women, a line-up of first-rate female musical pros who’d joined Alvin for several impromptu live performances before hitting an Austin recording studio. With Cindy Cashdollar on steel, lap steel, dobro and anything else she could wrap her hands on, Nina Gerber on lead guitar, Amy Farris on strings, and several other experienced, empathetic players, Dave Alvin relaxes — after a trying year that saw him lose his accordionist and friend Chris Gaffney — with songs that allow him to sing in his warmest tones. “Downey Girl” is a simmering and gentle offering to his unlikely hometown hero Karen Carpenter. “Anyway” is a striking duet with co-writer Amy Farris. Alvin further shares the spotlight with Christy McWilson’s bluesy “Weight of the World,” pushing an urgent field-holler spiritualism wrapped inside its husky blues. Tim Hardin’s “Don’t Make Promises” and “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” offer up two differing outlooks on the world at hand, both convincingly performed.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

25 Ratings

Go see them live

cap'n B,

Saw the band last night in Philly. Not to be missed

What the hell happened?

L.C.Burt,

Dave Alvin with and without the Guilty Men have always been a sure thing for great music. This recording session and the song writing has shown to me that Dave Alvin has a " tender side". This is a side I hope he keeps to himself from now on. I have enjoyed his music from his start in the Blasters with his brother, to the great sound with the Guilty men, also an awsome group! I am glad I previewed this album before I bought it. Dave- If you are out there, PLEASE, go back to your other styles that you do so well. Out of the West was awsome! Though these tunes were covers, you hit one out of the park!!! This one , in my worthless opinion, is a miss. That being said, I hope he goes back to his older ways in the next venture!!!!!

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