Artist Details

Phil Alvin

As the big-voiced frontman of the Blasters during the early '80s, singer/guitarist Phil Alvin spearheaded the underground's new embrace of American music traditions ranging from blues to rockabilly to country, predating the roots rock movement that bloomed in the years to follow. Born March 6, 1953, in Los Angeles, Alvin and his younger brother Dave were raised on the music of Elvis Presley, T-Bone Walker, and Big Joe Turner; together they formed the Blasters in 1979, borrowing the name from Jimmy McCracklin's Blues Blasters.