Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore let loose a fit of juke joint mayhem on “Downey To Lubbock”
Listen to the title track from the pair’s
first collaborative album
Downey to Lubbock out 1st June on Yep Roc
Roots music legends Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore grew up on opposite ends of the American West, but for their entire adult lives the two have shared a primary residence: the road. “Forty years on the highway living off dreams and gasoline. Somehow still surviving on Advil, Nyquil and nicotine,” sings Alvin on “Downey To Lubbock” the title track to the duo’s upcoming collaborative album out June 1 on Yep Roc Records.
The brand-new original sees Alvin (“the wild blues Blaster”) and Gilmore (“the old Flatlander”) trade verses as they chronicle memories from a lifetime of near-constant touring. The track rips and roars with roadhouse flair as Alvin reminisces about his “sunburnt California town” of Downey, and Gilmore poetically proclaims, “like wanderlust and wonder, West Texas wind blows through my veins.”
The video to “Downey To Lubbock” was filmed in the Cinema Bar in LA, and premiered on Billboard. “It really kind of demonstrates the way it was,” Gilmore tells Billboard about the clip, “It also shows the way we did the recording, kind of old style. It wasn’t live on stage but we were all playing together on the track. Of course we did some overdubs and stuff, but getting it down there’s a live feel to it because, in essence, it was live.”
Fittingly, the idea for a collaborative album was conceived by Alvin and Gilmore on the road last fall, as the two found an undeniable chemistry while playing together on a spontaneous twelve-city tour. The resulting tracks take on a diverse range of American music, forming a musical pipeline between not only generations but also their two home states – from Jimmie’s Texas (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Steve Young), Dave’s California (Chet Powers, John Stewart, Chris Gaffney), and shared favorites from all corners of the map (Woody Guthrie, Will Shade, Lloyd Price).
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore will tour together again this summer in the US.
Listen to the album’s other Alvin and Gilmore original, “Billy The Kid and Geronimo,” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGu4-B5Vao
Downey to Lubbock is available for pre-order HERE