Friday, 29 April 2016
In close proximity to The Black Keys in the Blues/Rock'n'Roll section of the shelves is Testament - The Complete Slash Recordings by The Blasters
52 rocking songs of American Music by the boys from blue collar Downey, California
Fronted by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin on vocals and guitar and ably supported by John Bazz on bass and Bill Bateman on drums.
As youngsters the Alvin Brothers learnt their trade by hanging out at LA Blues Clubs such as the Ashgrove (immortalised in the Dave Alvin album of the same name) watching the likes of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner
They did the original of Marie Marie which was a huge UK hit for Shaking Stevens.
I saw them at the Renfrew Ferry playing one of the best shows I have ever attended
So here is some American music
The Blasters - American Music
The Blasters - Fool's Paradise