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'Common Ground': The Alvin Brothers return with their first album in 30 years




Musicians Dave and Phil Alvin.
Musicians Dave and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft

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In 1979, two brothers from Downey, California — Phil and Dave Alvin  — started a band called the Blasters. Their sound was a mix of blues and rock with the occasional tinge of punk:

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The band enjoyed a loyal following and were fixtures in the L.A. 1980s music scene, but in 1986, Dave Alvin left the band to pursue a solo career. It's been nearly 30 years since the brothers have recorded an album together, but they're back at it again. 

Their new album is called "Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Boonzy." The Alvin brothers joins Take Two in studio to talk about music, life and brotherhood. 

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