Roots music legends Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences.
Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Young Bloods.
Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again in 2019… this time with a full band, an album “Downey to Lubbock”, and some new stories to share.
“Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore fit together like brothers separated at birth…it’s comfort food for body and soul.” – Grant Britt / No Depression
“This pairing not only works it’s downright riveting…perhaps this was predestined. In any case, it succeeds marvelously.” – Jim Hynes / Glide
“The dozen tracks on ‘Downey to Lubbock’ range from gritty old-school blues to new material written for the album. Collectively, the record is like a road map to the common ground where Alvin’s southern California and Gilmore’s West Texas intersect. It’s poetic geographical autobiography with Alvin and Gilmore telling their respective stories.” – Peter Blackstock / Austin American-Statesman
“Their pairing feels almost perfect…both men have such a rich history of music on their own and a deep well of songs to pull from that it’s staggering.” – David Garrick / Houston Press