The Drop: Dave Alvin With Greg Leisz

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of King of California

To celebrate the 25th anniversary and expanded reissue of his 1994 album King of California, the GRAMMY Museum will welcome GRAMMY-winning artist Dave Alvin and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz for an intimate conversation moderated by Scott Goldman, followed by a performance. Recorded in Los Angeles the day after the historic 1994 Northridge earthquake and produced by Greg Leisz, King of California had its genesis in the album’s title track, a readymade folk ballad, written for Dave’s mother, in which an aspiring suitor heads west to make his fortune in the wild, still-young Golden State. Featuring acoustic interpretations of some of the finest songs in his catalog, along with new, folk-inflected compositions, and notable covers, Dave Alvin found the true measure of his own voice with King of California. The remastered, expanded edition, available June 28, includes a previously unreleased instrumental studio track, “Riverbed Rag,” along with bonus material.