Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones pulled into the Boulton Center on a very rainy night to heat things up a bit for the criminally sparse group in attendance. I can't figure out Long Island and the lack of interest in great music. Last night there was zero support for this roots rock pioneer and let me tell you that folks are going to get what they deserve. The last couple of shows I have seen at the Boulton Center have been sparsely attended. The place only holds about 250 people for goodness sake. C'mon Long Island you need to start going to some of these shows to keep the place afloat.
Those in attendance did get more than their money's worth out of Dave Alvin. Long one of America's great songwriters, Dave Alvin also knows how to bring the rock & roll (more roots rock of late but still rockin'). The show last night started out with King Of California and while this tight 4 piece wasn't exactly unplugged, it was a bit more introspective during the first set. An excellent Border Radio was one of many highlights.
After a short break the Guilty Ones returned to crank it up a bit. Dave Alvin is touring in support of his fine new album Eleven Eleven and several great new songs were featured including Harlan County Line and one of the encores Johnny Ace is Dead. Abilene and Fourth of July were predictably crowd pleasers, but if you were familiar with his work you would know that already. These are two of my favorite songs so they were worth the price of admission alone.
Great songs and some really good stories behind them made for a great night of music. The Blasters Marie Marie sent everyone out back into the rain a little happier than on the walk in. Great Rock & Roll has a way of doing that. Dave mentioned that his brother Phil in the hospital at the moment. Let's hope that he makes a full recovery. Another Blasters tour wouldn't suck folks.
Dave is playing City Winery tonight in NYC. Check him out if you can.