His latest, West of West, salutes California songwriters who've inspired him along the way. There are the expected Haggard and Los Lobos covers, but Alvin also proffers such surprises as the blues makeover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Don't Look Now," along with "Surfer Girl," which he strips down for a doo-wop stroll. Ably backing Alvin are the Guilty Men, featuring keyboardist Joe Terry from influential bar band the Skeletons.
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