Alvin: "Eleven Eleven"
"Described as the “King of California’s”
most driving, electric blues and rock oriented album
since 2004’s critically acclaimed Ashgrove, Eleven
Eleven includes 11-tracks featuring a host musicians
Alvin had not recorded with since his days in The
Blasters and for the first time ever, sings
on record with his brother Phil, the lead singer of
"Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly,
Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical
inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond
Chandler, Gerald Locklin, and Charles Bukowski, Alvin
has mixed his varied musical and literary influences
into his own unique, updated version of traditional
American music. “My songs are just like California,”
says Alvin. “A big, messy melting pot.""
Fran & Clarence Hollimon: "It's About Time"
"Soul-blues diva Carol Fran was born October
23, 1933, in Lafayette, LA. After beginning her career
as a teen singing jump blues with the Don Conway Orchestra,
she eventually landed in New Orleans, marrying saxophonist
Bob Francois. Abbreviating her married name to simply
Fran, she became a constant presence on the Bourbon Street
"In 1982, Fran was reunited with Clarence
Hollimon, a noted studio guitarist she briefly
dated a quarter century earlier; the couple eventually
married and relocated to Texas, appearing live together
and in 1992 signing to Black Top to issue the album Soul
Sensation. See There followed two years later, and after
a long studio hiatus, Fran and Hollimon resurfaced on
JSP with the aptly titled 2000 release It's About Time."