Liner Note Author: Mark Humphrey.
Recording information: Long Beach (1997).
In 1997, Dave Alvin -- former guitarist and songwriter with the Blasters, and one of the leading advocates of classic blues and R&B on the West Coast roots rock scene -- played a special show in Long Beach, California, where he was joined by three very special guests. The fabled Texas fiddler and guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Chicago harmonica master Billy Boy Arnold, and San Francisco-born blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker all sat in with Alvin that evening, making for a very eventful evening for fans of blues and American roots music. The show was captured on tape, and Live in Long Beach 1997 allows listeners to hear Alvin mix it up on-stage with a few of his heroes. Songs include "Barn Burning," "Long White Cadillac," "I Wish You Would," "Chains of Love," "Jolie Blon," "Wabash Cannonball," and more. ~ Mark Deming