Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men; Rick Shea

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men; Rick Shea (Jack's Sugar Shack; 250 seats; $ 10) Promoted inhouse. Bands: (Alvin) Greg Leisz, Rick Solem, Gregory Boaz, Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Juke Logan; (Shea) Brantley Kearns, Waymon Reese, Keith Rosier, Jim Cruce. Reviewed Aug. 30, 1996. Locally based singer-songwriters with a long-standing local following, Dave Alvin and Rick Shea were an ideal combination to promote the release of Alvin's new Hightone label album, "Interstate City." For those who enjoy music with strong lyrics and a solid, rootsy base, there probably wasn't a more enjoyable evening around anywhere . Alvin these days is drawing mainly from blues and rock 'n' roll; Shea, from country and folk. Each writes with an eye for detail (Alvin has said Raymond Chandler is as much an influence as Chuck Berry) and local color.Alvin is strong enough with a pen that he can perform a medley of his "Jubilee Train" with songs by Woody Guthrie ("Do-Re-Me") and Berry ("Promised Land"), and there's no letdown; Shea is nearly as good. Alvin emphasized his solo material over the songs he'd written while in the Blasters during the '70s. His voice has improved considerably through the years. After a brief set of acoustic songs, he brought out his electric guitar and burned well into the evening with songs including the Berry pastiche "Romeo's Escape." Shea seems as interested in injecting a literary element into his songs (most from the Major Label album "The Buffalo Show") as Alvin. He shows good taste in his selection of outside material, ranging from Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues" to the Johnny Cash-Bob Dylan collaboration "Wanted Man." Todd Everett

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men; Rick Shea (Jack’s Sugar Shack; 250 seats; $ 10) Promoted inhouse. Bands: (Alvin) Greg Leisz, Rick Solem, Gregory Boaz, Bobby Lloyd Hicks, Juke Logan; (Shea) Brantley Kearns, Waymon Reese, Keith Rosier, Jim Cruce. Reviewed Aug. 30, 1996. Locally based singer-songwriters with a long-standing local following, Dave Alvin and Rick Shea were an ideal combination to promote the release of Alvin’s new Hightone label album, “Interstate City.” For those who enjoy music with strong lyrics and a solid, rootsy base, there probably wasn’t a more enjoyable evening around anywhere . Alvin these days is drawing mainly from blues and rock ‘n’ roll; Shea, from country and folk. Each writes with an eye for detail (Alvin has said Raymond Chandler is as much an influence as Chuck Berry) and local color.Alvin is strong enough with a pen that he can perform a medley of his “Jubilee Train” with songs by Woody Guthrie (“Do-Re-Me”) and Berry (“Promised Land”), and there’s no letdown; Shea is nearly as good. Alvin emphasized his solo material over the songs he’d written while in the Blasters during the ’70s. His voice has improved considerably through the years. After a brief set of acoustic songs, he brought out his electric guitar and burned well into the evening with songs including the Berry pastiche “Romeo’s Escape.” Shea seems as interested in injecting a literary element into his songs (most from the Major Label album “The Buffalo Show”) as Alvin. He shows good taste in his selection of outside material, ranging from Jimmie Rodgers’ “California Blues” to the Johnny Cash-Bob Dylan collaboration “Wanted Man.” Todd Everett

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