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Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy

by Richard Gehr on June 06, 2014

A major early influence on players like Ronnie Wood and Eric Clapton, Arkansas-born Bill Broonzy cut a huge swath across American musical history with Saturday-night drinking and sexing songs like “I Feel So Good,” “How You Want It Done,” and “Trucking Little Woman.” The brother-founders of explosive punk-era roots-rockers The Blasters reunite for their first album together in 30 years on Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy. Broonzy, who died in 1958, couldn’t find a more fitting resting place than between’s Phil’s deep-Ellum voice and his sib’s rocking guitar.

Authors: Richard Gehr
Album: Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
Label: Yep Roc

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