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Dave Alvin – Guilty Ones & Guilty Women

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones return to Continental Club on Thursday May 31 2012

July 2011 post follows on this blog – then a post from 2010

Dave Alvin has run out of genders to name his bands but each of the three have two things in common – deft musicianship and a knack for melding with all other folks in the band – The Guilty Men followed by The Guilty Women … and now The Guilty Ones who stopped in at the Continental Club in Austin July 16 to play what Dianne Scott termed a “kick-ass show … in the Top Three of Dave shows” on her Continental Club e-newsletter.

Dave and Brad with Lisa pounding in the middle.

I have experienced each of the three Alvin bands over my years in Austin. This post is about The Guilty Ones debut here in Austin in mid-July during their current summer tour that is now in the Northwest.

Following this blog is a post I created after The Guilty Women played an album debut party in Antone’s Austin two summers ago. Three Austin folks were in that band. Lisa Pankratz drums – Sarah Brown bass – and, Cindy Cashdollar steel. A second post from the Guilty Women show at the Continental Club in 2010 concludes this post.

All Bob Kinney Photos

I have shot The Guilty Men and Dave’s vacation band The Knitters (with fellow X band-mates John Doe and Exene Cervenka) when I was still shooting film several years ago and will scan and post those shots later.

Three Austin folks make up The Guilty Ones.

Chris and Dave — back ‘n forth between them … ever since both were in The Guilty Men years ago.

Guitarist Chris Miller, recently back to Austin from the West Coast, is Dave’s equal … and then some. Chris gave back whatever Dave threw at him … and then some … during the blissful, two-plus hour Continental show.

The intensity of Lisa and Dave complement each other gently as well

In between the Guitar Thunder of Dave and Chris are two other great Austin musicians – drummer and Guilty Woman Lisa Pankratz and spouse Brad Fordham on bass. Both lurch forward with powerful solos while constantly nurturing the band’s solid rhythm beat.

Fourth generation Downey Guy has Austin vibe

Dave stopped by community fm radio station KOOP the following afternoon on his way to the airport. Miss Buttercup talked with Dave in the studio for sixty minutes (that went by too fast) for her Roses and Thorns weekly show on KOOP – 91.7 in Austin and koop.org on the web. Miss Buttercup’s show airs from 11am to noon every Monday. She will air the Dave Alvin interview on Monday, August 1.

Dave Alvin during interview in community radio KOOP studio

Miss Buttercup will air the interview she did with Dave Alvin on her Roses and Thorns KOOP Radio show Monday, August 1, from 11am to noon (central time on 91.7 fm in Austin or online at koop.org).

Previous blog on Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women in Austin September 2009

Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women at Antone’s September 2009

I started listening to Dave Alvin about ten years ago. I discovered Alvin by listening to Austin’s iconic music dj, Larry Monroe (a big Alvin fan). Alvin’s writing and performing is simply unique and exemplary. About that time he recorded “Out in California” (early 2000s) a collection of songs he wrote and first performed with brother Phil and other Blasters band members in the late 70s and early 80s. The Blasters were LA hot rod cool and could have been in “Rebel Without a Cause” film had they not been born too late.

Bass Sarah Brown with the late Amy Farris. Dave’s new album Eleven Eleven includes a song he wrote for Amy – “The Black Rose of Texas”

Dave has recorded several albums since then – solo and with the Guilty Men and now the Guilty Women. Chris Gaffney, Dave’s best friend, played accordion and acoustic guitar in the Guilty Men with Chris Miller guitar (electric, slide and steel), Joe Terry who reminds me of an early 20s Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gregory Boaz on bass and drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks. Dave Alvin would come to Austin a couple times each year to play mostly at the Continental Club with the Guilty Men. Memorable shows have grown in appreciation since Gaffney died in 2008. That ended the musical life between Alvin and Gaffney that may well be thriving again wherever good folks gather again.

Lisa Pankratz of Guilty Women and now Guilty Ones

Enter the Guilty Women. Six musicians who have played with Alvin around the country and beyond the last couple years. Three Guilty Women live in Austin – Drummer Lisa Pankratz, Sarah Brown on the bass and Cindy Cashdollar, lap and steel guitar. Each sets the standard for her instrument and we’re lucky to see them often in Austin. Remaining Guilty Women are Christy McWilson, vocals, Nina Gerber, guitar, and the late Amy Farris, violin. Farris, an Austin native who lived, performed and taught here before moving to the West Coast in 2003, died at her home in LA less than two weeks after playing at Antone’s in Austin September 2009 with Dave and the Guilty Women. Many of her former music students from Austin took part in an Amy memorial benefit show at Antone’s after her death.

Cindy Cashdollar – superb lap and steel player

Seeing the Guilty Men play with Dave was always a treat. But, as musicians and performers, I have to say – the Guilty Women play Dave’s songs better than the Guilty Men ever did.

All Bob Kinney Photos

Previous blog photos of Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women playing at the Continental Club in April 2010

Lisa Pankratz drums – Christy McWilson vocals – Sarah Brown bass – Cindy Cashdollar, lap and steel guitar

All Bob Kinney Photos

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