The Blasters

By J Poet

The Blasters started out as part of the rockabilly revival that took place in the late 70s, but with 20/20 hindsight it’s easy to peg them as the godfathers of Americana. The original band – brothers Dave Alvin, rhythm guitar and main songwriter; Phil Alvin, vocals; John Bazz, bass; Bill Bateman, drums – were soon joined by Gene Taylor on piano, Steve Berlin (later to be with Los Lobos on sax) and legendary 50s sax man Lee “Walkin’ with Mr. Lee” Allen. The band started making their name in LA’s punk venues, but their blend of roots, blues, country,... Read More

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