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  • Artist(s): Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Summary: The debut full-length collaboration between Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore features 10 covers and two originals, including the title track co-written by the duo.
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  1. Jun 21, 2018
    89
    The Texas warbler meets the California ripper and results in a barnstorming burner.
  2. 80
    A full band backs the twosome and while this might seem like an unusual pairing on paper, the result is an alternatively sweet, touching, rousing and undeniably heartfelt set that plays to both artist’s strengths while pushing each slightly outside their comfort zone.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 14, 2018
    80
    The invigorating Downey to Lubbock, a record that speaks to both a lifetime of shared experience and the music that inspired them in the first place. [Jul 2018, p.26]
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    70
    Despite the thousand miles between Downey, CA, and Lubbock, TX, the two don't break new ground, but they certainly offer a fun tour of the country.
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    70
    Alvin's rugged and bluesy delivery contrasts nicely to Gilmore's signature ethereal tenor, and their harmonies are sweet. Given that both are accomplished songwriters, it's a mite surprising there is only one joint original tune here, the opening title track.