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American Strings: Dave Alvin
The Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Oregon State University Alumni Association present a conversation and live remote performance with Dave Alvin on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

The webcast event is part of CLA’s American String Series. Hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli, each segment of American Strings is comprised of a conversation and solo performance by successful artists from a variety of genres, making for a one of a kind opportunity to appreciate and know better the great American music tradition.

Alvin, a GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, is considered by many to be one of the pivotal pioneers of Americana music. Originally from Downey, California, he got his musical education by listening to the late night border-area radio stations, watching his older cousins play guitar and banjo, collecting rare 78 records and sneaking underage into bars with his older brother Phil, to see legendary blues heroes perform live.

With his brother, he formed the influential root/rock/rhythm & blues band, The Blasters in 1979. Since leaving that band in 1986, Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining blues, folk, rockabilly, Bakersfield country, surf and garage rock, with lyrical inspiration from writers like Raymond Chandler and John Steinbeck, Alvin says his songs are like California, “A big, messy, melting pot.”

He has recorded with Bobby Rush, Tom Waits, John Mellencamp, Little Milton and The Knitters, and his original songs have been recorded by Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Joe Ely and Marshall Crenshaw. His music has also been featured in movies and television including on The Sopranos, Justified, Girls, Crybaby, Dusk to Dawn, The Wire and True Blood.

His newest project, "From An Old Guitar: Rare and Released Recordings" was just released in Nov.

Dec 9, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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