Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women – Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women

January 01, 1970

(Yep Roc)




Dave Alvin’s latest aggregation, and this album, were born
out of grief; the death of his compadre and long-time Guilty Man Chris Gaffney
a year ago led Alvin to take a break from making music with a backing band in
which Gaffney’s absence was still fresh. Instead, he seized the opportunity to
make music with a distaff outfit that offered an array of vocal and
instrumental talents, including Cindy Cashdollar, Laurie Lewis, and Christy


The result is this set of predominantly acoustic
country/folk featuring a handful of new, quasi-autobiographical Alvin tunes
(the gorgeous, Celtic-tinged “Downey Girl,” the juke joint swing of “Boss of
the Blues,” the wide-eyed discovery of “Nana and Jimi”), contributions from
various Guilty Women (McWilson’s mournful “Potter’s Field” is a particular
highlight), a Cajun remake of the Blasters’ “Marie Marie,” and a couple of
covers, including a left-field, boogie woogie version of “Que Sera Sera”
(powered by the piano of guest Guilty Woman Marcia Ball). Sometimes loss can
produce beautiful consolations.


Standout Tracks: “Marie Marie,” “Downey Girl” STUART MUNRO



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