Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones

Sarah Borges & a Feast of Snakes

Thu, April 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Stage on Herr

Harrisburg, PA

$20.00 - $25.00

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones
The rules Dave Alvin has followed throughout his 24 years as a solo artist were discarded during the creation of his 11th album, Eleven Eleven.
For the first time in his career he wrote songs while touring and recorded during breaks on his tours in 2010 with the Guilty Women. He used musicians he had not recorded with since his days in the Blasters, and for the first time ever, he sang on a record with his brother Phil, the lead singer of the Blasters.
"While we were growing up there was a firm line between Phil and me,"
Dave says, referring to Blasters' division of labor: Phil sang, Dave wrote the songs and played lead guitar. "The main reason I decided to have him sing with me was that weÂ1re not going to be here forever; we might as well have fun. Life is too short."
Eleven Eleven features three duets: Phil and Dave on the simmering blues "What's Up With Your Brother"; Dave and Christy McWilson from the Guilty Women on the gentle country number "Manzanita" and the whimsical song, "Two Lucky Bums," the final recording of Dave and his best friend, the late Chris Gaffney. The rest of the material, rich in stories that stretch from R&B royalty to labor history to Harlan County in Kentucky, was written over the course of seven months. As he says with sly chuckle: "The songs are not necessarily true, but theyÂ1re all autobiographical."
"It is the first album in which every song was either written or conceived on the road," Dave says. "When I go on the road, I shut off that part of my brain. ItÂ1s really hard for me to write while touring, but I wanted to try something different on this album."
"Whenever we had a break and I'd return home, I'd call my revolving cast of the regular guys, see who was available to go in and record, cut a song, and head back on tour. With the exception of (the late legendary R&B saxophonist) Lee Allen, I had never used anybody from the Blasters on my solo records. Then I thought, well why not use them?"
While the backing cast varies, the constant through Eleven Eleven is Dave's assured guitar-playing, whether it's finger-picking on an acoustic against an accordion on "No Worries Mija" or blazing riffs on electric over a Bo Diddley beat on "Run Conejo Run." Eleven Eleven reunites Dave with pianist Gene Taylor, whose barrelhouse blues sound has not been heard on an Alvin project since the final Blasters album, 1985's "Hard Line."
Sarah Borges & a Feast of Snakes
Sarah Borges & a Feast of Snakes
Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask the soulful singer-songwriter Sarah Borges. After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band's breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her follow-up, Good and Dirty EP. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, "I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it's the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It's also more rock than the last record. I would say that it's a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it."
Venue Information:
Stage on Herr
268 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17102
http://www.harrisburgarts.com