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Another Reason To Watch "Justified": Dave Alvin

By admin Published: February 22, 2011

I shouldn't have to tell you to watch the FX series, which is off to a good start in its second season. But here's an additional encouragement to tune in tomorrow night.

THe official word: The "King of California" Dave Alvin and his band will perform their new song "Harlan County Line" in the opening of the new episode of FX's critically-acclaimed series Justified on Wednesday, February 23rd at 10:00pm EST/PST (episode 3 titled "The I of the Storm"). The "Harlan County Line" single is now available for purchase on iTunes and will be included on Dave Alvin's new studio album to be released this summer on Yep Roc Records. Click here to preview the entire track online.

Alvin, appearing in the opening of the episode, wrote and recorded the new song "Harlan County Line" specifically for the show Justified, fictionally based in Harlan County, KY. In turn, the producers wrote Alvin and the band into the script.

"I have been listening to Dave Alvin since his days with The Blasters," said Justified Executive Producer/Writer Graham Yost. "Our star, Tim Olyphant, is also a big fan, as are executive producers Sarah Timberman and Michael Dinner. Greg Sill, our music supervisor, and I discussed ways of working Dave and his music into the show. Dave wrote 'Harlan County Line' for fun, sent it along and we just flipped for it. We decided to create a scene in a roadhouse where we could have him play it. In editing we saw that it worked so well we had the song continue on into the next scene. Having Dave Alvin on our show has been one of the highlights of the season."

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A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are "just like California. A big, messy melting pot."

Dave Alvin's 30 years of recordings and live performances move through the loud, aggressive rock and roll of The Blasters to the contemplative acoustic storytelling of his solo albums, KING OF CALIFORNIA, BLACKJACK DAVID, DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY WOMEN and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning album, PUBLIC DOMAIN, to the electric blues of ASHGROVE. Dave Alvin's songs have been recorded by a who's who of contemporary roots
artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry and X. His songs have also been featured in many movies and television shows including Justified, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.

Listen to the "Harlan County Line" single here:

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