Sun, Aug 21, Dave Alvin
The Palms Playhouse, 7:30 p.m., $25
Winters, CA 95964
Though Dave Alvin’s band the Blasters came up in the late ’70s Los Angeles punk scene, they were really roots rockers playing a particularly lively mix of blues, country, folk and rockabilly. Those interests have persisted throughout Alvin’s 25-year solo career, highlighted by his Grammy-winning collection of blues/folk traditionals, Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land. It’s a release that epitomizes his skillful interpretation and musical ability to connect present with past, while choosing songs that still resonate today. His latest, Eleven Eleven, showcases his canny storytelling—gruff, arid baritone—and slashing guitar work. 13 Main Street in Winters, www.davealvin.net.