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Promo shot taken for 2011 album Eleven Eleven
|Born||November 11, 1955|
|Origin||Downey, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative country, roots rock, folk, blues, rockabilly, punk|
|Instruments||Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals|
|Labels||Rhino, Yep Roc|
|Associated acts||The Blasters
The Flesh Eaters
David Albert "Dave" Alvin (born November 11, 1955, in Downey, California), is a Grammy award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter and a proponent of Americana music. He is a former member of The Blasters, X, and The Knitters.
Early life 
Alvin and his older brother Phil grew up in Downey, California. As teenagers, they attended blues, rockabilly, and country venues and heard musicians such as T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, and Lee Allen.
In 1979 Alvin and his brother formed a roots rock band called The Blasters with fellow residents Bill Bateman and John Bazz.  Despite an enthusiastic local following and dedicated fans across the United States and Europe, Alvin left the band in 1986 and became the lead guitarist of the band, X. Alvin left X to work on a solo project after they recorded their album See How We Are. Alvin became a member of country band The Knitters and appeared on their 1987 album Poor Little Critter on the Road and their 2005 follow-up, The Modern Sounds of The Knitters.
In the early 1980s Alvin, along with fellow Blasters members Bill Bateman and Steve Berlin, performed on several albums with the Los Angeles punk band The Flesh Eaters. Alvin also played with the The Gun Club and on two songs from their 1984 album, The Las Vegas Story.
Alvin's first solo album, entitled Romeo's Escape (entitled Every Night About This Time in England) was critically well received, but didn't fare well in the marketplace, and Alvin was dropped by his American record label, Columbia. Alvin toured with Mojo Nixon and Country Dick Montana as the Pleasure Barons and they released a live album of their 1993 tour.
In 1989, Dwight Yoakam recorded Alvin's song "Long White Cadillac".  Alvin released his album Blue Blvd Hightone Records in 1991 and received positive reviews and moderate sales. After releasing Museum of Heart in 1993, Alvin recorded an album of acoustic music in 1994 called King of California. In 2000, Alvin recorded a collection of traditional folk and blues classics called, Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land, which earned him a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Alvin has worked as a producer for Chris Gaffney, Tom Russell, the Derailers, and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and has collaborated with rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess. Alvin has worked as a studio session musician for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Little Milton, Katy Moffatt, and Syd Straw.
He has published two books of poetry: Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You and Nana, Big Joe & the Fourth of July. His poetry has appeared in Caffeine, the A.K.A. Review, Rattler, Asymptote and Enclitic and in the anthologies: Nude Erections, Hit And Run Poets and Poetry Loves Poetry—An Anthology of Los Angeles Poets.
Blasters discography 
- American Music - 1980
- Blasters - 1981
- Over There - 1982
- Non Fiction - 1983
- Hard Line - 1985
- The Blasters Collection - 1990
- Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings - 2002
- The Blasters Live - Going Home - 2004
Blasters videography 
- Streets of Fire - 1984
- The Blasters Live—Going Home - 2004
X discography 
- X: See How We Are - 1986
The Knitters discography 
- Poor Little Critter on the Road - 1985
- The Modern Sounds of the Knitters - 2005
Dave Alvin discography 
|US Country||US||US Heat||US Indie|
|1993||Museum of Heart|
|1994||King of California|
|2002||Out in California (Live)|
|Outtakes in California|
|2005||The Great American Music Galaxy|
|2006||West of the West||24||35|
|2007||Live from Austin, TX: Austin City Limits|
|2009||Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women|
Other contributions 
- Eklektikos Live (2005) - "Blackjack David"
- Highway 61 Revisited Revisited, UNCUT (2005) - "Highway 61 Revisited"
Music used in popular culture 
The song "Dark Eyes", from the album "Public Domain", can be heard playing over the radio during the third season of Six Feet Under in the episode, "You Never Know". The song "Dark Night", as recorded by The Blasters plays over the opening sequence of the movie "From Dusk till Dawn". The song "So Long Baby Goodbye", as recorded by The Blasters, plays over a scene in the film "Bull Durham".
- Dave Alvin profile
- Stambler, Irwin & Lyndon. (2001) Folk & Blues:The Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. New York. St. Martin's Press. 4-7. ISBN 0-312-20057-9
- Official web site
- Official Facebook page
- Dave Alvin at NPR Music
- Dave Alvin collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive