The Blasters were an integral part of the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1980s, as well as the blues scene and even the cowpunk scene. Their high energy R&B was hard to deny. Phil sang; Dave played guitar and wrote songs. The brothers parted ways in 1986, and it wasn’t until 30 years later with 2014’s Grammy nominated album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, Common Ground, that they recorded together again. The brothers’ rich history and complex relationship – both musically and personally – is evident in their passionate playing. Dave, with his low growl, has assumed the role of the lone cowboy and storyteller, while Phil, with his impassioned wail, embodies the stoic rock star. Dave and Phil Alvin are two guys who never forget where they came from; and even after all these years, they still got it.