The Blasters were a blast, rolling out of the early-'80s L.A. punk scene with prickly mix of rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, and other rootsy stuff, helping launch the Americana movement. At the helm were Phil Alvin with his splendid, evocative voice and Dave Alvin with his splendid, stinging guitar. But the brothers fought, sometimes bitterly, and eventually split, only reuniting now, 30 years later, prompted by Phil's health scare and their mutual love for seminal blues man Big Bill Broonzy. A key link between country and urban blues, the profoundly influential Broonzy wrote such standards as "All By Myself" and "Key to the Highway" and was an early inspiration to the... More >>>