Dave 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 The Blasters."

"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.""
~ www.guitarplayer.com

Carol 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 club circuit..."

"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.
" ~ www.allmusic.com