The Alvin brothers, Phil and Dave, have had an abiding interest in roots music since their youth, and — along with fellow West Coast acts such as X, Los Lobos and Social Distortion — they introduced many punks to country and rockabilly as the Blasters
. Dave went off on a successful solo career more than 20 years ago, but Phil still feels the itch, so the band reunites and tours intermittently. In 2004, the band released its first album of new material since Dave left, 4-11-44
, a barnstorming country-blues rawker that revels in tight, homespun licks.