The Drop: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Following the release of their LP Downey to Lubbock, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and conversation hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. Roots music legends Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore grew up on opposite ends of the American West, but for their entire adult lives, the two have shared a primary residence: the road. “Forty years on the highway living off dreams and gasoline. Somehow still surviving on Advil, Nyquil and nicotine,” sings Alvin on “Downey To Lubbock,” the title track to the duo’s upcoming collaborative album out June 1 on Yep Roc Records. The brand-new original sees Alvin (“the wild blues Blaster”) and Gilmore (“the old Flatlander”) trade verses as they chronicle memories from a lifetime of near-constant touring. The track rips and roars with roadhouse flair as Alvin reminisces about his “sunburnt California town” of Downey, and Gilmore poetically proclaims, “like wanderlust and wonder, West Texas wind blows through my veins.”

Rolling Stone says, “There's a mutual respect and genuine love… freewheeling and joyous,” while No Depression remarks that "Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore fit together like brothers separated at's comfort food for body and soul." Fittingly, the idea for a collaborative album was conceived by Alvin and Gilmore on the road last fall, as the two found an undeniable chemistry while playing together on a spontaneous twelve-city tour. The resulting tracks take on a diverse range of American music, forming a musical pipeline between not only generations but also their two home states – from Jimmie’s Texas (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Steve Young), Dave’s California (Chet Powers, John Stewart, Chris Gaffney), and shared favorites from all corners of the map (Woody Guthrie, Will Shade, Lloyd Price).

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