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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

In their song “Downey to Lubbock,” Dave Alvin introduces himself as the Strat-packing, wild blues Blaster, while Jimmie Dale Gilmore is the hippy, country singer. With Alvin’s rowdy baritone and Gilmore’s high lonesome warbles, this deeply authentic duo present the heart and soul of the American West. Although their styles are different, they work together beautifully, creating an evocative and soulful symbiosis driven by mutual admiration. Alvin lauds Gilmore’s unique vocals, saying he sounds like “a coyote singing the blues,” while Gilmore praises his collaborator’s “soulfulness and intelligence.” Together they pay homage to their shared influences, from wild rock ’n’ roll to New Orleans rhythm and blues.

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