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Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B001VBYQD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grammy winner, Dave Alvin, has been roaming the highways of American music for over a quarter century. During those decades he's busted speakers with roots rock kick-starters, The Blasters, as well as mined the depths of country, folk and blues with his solo projects. A mainstay during much of this journey has been Alvin's electrifying band The Guilty Men. Following the recent death of Dave's best friend and Guilty Men accordionist Chris Gaffney in early 2008, Alvin decided to move in an exciting new musical direction. In October 2008 he stepped onto the stage of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco with an all-star, all-female group. Since dubbed The Guilty Women, the group consists of Americana scene vets Cindy Cashdollar, Nina Gerber, Laurie Lewis, Sarah Brown, Amy Farris, Christy McWilson and Lisa Pankrantz. Special guests include Marcia Ball and Susie Thompson. The self-titled debut from this unique assemblage of players, led by Alvin, is a spirited collection of thoughtful yet dynamic tunes featuring world-class musicianship worthy of his now legendary pedigree.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alvin kicks up new sparks with guilty women May 26, 2009
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Having debuted this all-female backing lineup at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in 2008, Dave Alvin and his estrogen-packing band have waxed a gem. Christy McWilson and Amy Farris' harmonies and duets prove compelling partners to Alvin's baritone on an album of blues, rock, folk and a few surprises. Chief among the surprises is the Cajun fiddle and pedal steel arrangement of Alvin's "Marie Marie," rendered so convincingly that it will take you a second to remember the Blasters signature original. From there the group comes out blasting with the galloping electric folk-blues "California's Burning," an allegorical tale that provides a requiem for the Golden State's cash-strapped coffers. Alvin and McWilson duet like Richard and Mimi Fariña here, and Cindy Cashdollar adds some fiery slide playing.

The passing of friend and bandmate Chris Gaffney was one of Alvin's motivations for forming this alternative to his Guilty Men, and he's obviously in a reflective, memorial mood. "Downey Girl" remembers fellow Downey High School student Karen Carpenter and in his middle age Alvin finds a sympathetic appraisal of her fame. Nostalgia for young-pup years has always threaded through Alvin's work, and with "Boss of the Blues" he ties together a nostalgic memory of Joe Turner with Turner's own nostalgic memories of Downey's golden years as a blues hothouse. One of the album's happiest and transformative memories, of being dropped off at a Jimi Hendrix concert, opens with the "Folsom Prison" rewrite, "My mother told me, be a good boy, and don't do nothing wrong."

Christy McWilson (Dynette Set, Pickets) sings lead on a pair of her own originals, "Weight of the World" and "Potter's Field," continuing the mood of struggle that pervaded her two Alvin-produced solo albums.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say, Dave's a National Treasure June 6, 2009
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Another great release from Dave Alvin. This band that he has assembled is great and they complement Dave very well. Dave just has one of those voices that you can't wait to hear in a duet and this record gives you some great harmonies.

Let's face it, Dave has yet to put out a record that is not an instant classic and this one is a great addition to his body of work. I'm just hoping that he will continue to record with this band for a while.

If you're new to Americana, you could not pick a better artist to start with. His ability to blend blues, country and rock n' roll is really unmatched in the industy. It's effortless and natural. A true voice in American Music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Music to Nod Off To July 17, 2009
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Let me state at the outset that I love Dave Alvin and have seen him numerous times with his band The Guilty Men. I have never seen anything but a great show and one of the main reasons for this is that the band rocks. It's tight and spontaneous at the same time. And of course, Alvin is an outstanding guitarist and song writer.
But this CD, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN, is the worst by Dave I've ever heard. This Alvin CD feels to me like dreary folk-fest by a collection of young (I guess) and disconcertingly earnest women. I like female singers a lot, but I prefer that they have a little soul, be it R&B, country, whatever. Lee Ann Womack, for example, or Patty Loveless are singers who have the cojones to work well with Alvin. But as the women he has with him on DA&TGW do not, the CD consists of non-descript and uninteresting songs which fit their styles.
There is one absolutely great song, "Boss of the Blues", on the CD. This song would be right at home on any other Alvin CD. "Marie Marie", one of Alvin's older songs is fine, though somewhat uninspired. And one of the Guilty Women's songs, "Potter's Field" is pleasant enough.
On the other end of the spectrum, "Don't Make Promises" is not only enervating at best, but it's close to 7 minutes long, and about 2/3 of the way through it, though I had stopped actively listening to it a while back, I became aware of it as an irritating background drone. Slightly better, due at least in part to the fact that they're shorter, are "River Under the Road", "These Times We're Living In", and "Weight of the World". It's not that the songs are unpleasant, but that they're boring.
And the CD slinks on out with an unnecessary Alvin version, for whatever reason, of "Que Sera Sera".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To each his own July 22, 2009
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Was curious about this album and went to see Dave and the Guilty Women in Pittsburgh. The show was excellent. I bought the CD and have listened to every song about 10 times. I like "Don't Make Promises" "Downey Girl" "California's Burning" "Boss of the Blues" "River under the Road" and "Potter's Field". So half the CD is good (in my opinion) and the other half is so-so. But if you get the chance to see Dave live, he's terrific.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty In The First Degree! June 9, 2009
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Dave Alvin has always had a voice to reckon with and most recently, a back-up group,the Guilty Men to support him. In 2008, his best friend and member of the Guilty Men, Chris Gaffney died of liver cancer. This was a definite blow to Dave Alvin, and he knew he could not mourn and sing and replace his beloved friend. Instead he replaced the men with a group of women, who came together as if they had sung for a life time-the new group- the Guilty Women. Christy McWilson on vocals, guitarist Nina Gerber, steel guitar player Cindy Cashdollar, violinists Amy Farris, Laurie Lewis, bassist Sarah Brown and drummer Lisa Pankratz rounded up the seven who surround Dave Alvin with the best of sounds.

There are twelve tunes and Dave Alvin wrote six of them. 'Marie, Marie' a Zydeco tune starts the CD with a Cajun swing. It seems that Dave Alvin is continuing with his love of singing about California. 'California Burning' sung with McChristy in the background is a tune about the financial and environmental issues of the state. 'Downey' a tune about a classmate, Karen Carpenter, tender and sweet. 'She was a Downey Girl'.
'Weight of the World' gives a chance to sing her tune and a gritty tune it is. Dave Alvin credits his tutelage to Big Joe Turner, and his 'Boss of the Blues' is a memory of him on Central Avenue. 'Potters Field' -bury me in Potters Field, a shout out to his friend Chris. 'These Times We Are Living' Dave Alvin's voice is meant to sing this tune. 'Nana and Jimi' mom said don't do wrong- a song about going to see Jimi Hendrix when Alvin was 12 years old-mom waited outside in the car. A wonderful guitar slide in this song. Tim Hardin's old tune- 'Don't Make Promises'-violins and strings and soulful voices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but one notch below his best
Dave really shook things up with this release...not only does he employ an all girl back up band, but he goes all acoustic in a blue/new grass sort of way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rockabilly blues
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the best concerts ever was the Blasters in LA back in 1982 while I was in college-Phil Alvin's singing and the bands kick ass attitude was a night I will always remember. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charks P. Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Got this CD as a Christmas gift for my husband but am totally addicted o it myself ... Love it!
Published 18 months ago by robin buchalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin never disappoints
Great album from a talented group of performers. The voices are wonderful and Nina Gerbers' guitar playing is, as always, amazing.
Published on February 17, 2011 by lilrose
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong female vocals
Tony Joe white hit a grand slam with The Heroines CD. So an album supported by vet female singers can truly work. But this one flops to me. Read more
Published on October 16, 2009 by Jesse111
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women
I've been a fan of Dave since the Blaster days and have watched him grow and mature as a songwriter, a guitarist, and an artist over the years. Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by El Lobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women - Fine Roots Music
Dave Alvin has assembled a group of some of the finest "guilty" women in good, basic down to earth "roots"
music. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Phillip R. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin Can Do No Wrong
Here's an interesting twist in Dave Alvin's long career. He's gone from playing with the Guilty Men to playing with the Guilty Women, and after at least a dozen listens it seems to... Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by Kurt Harding
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