Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones

Former Blasters mates but quarrelsome brothers Phil and Dave Alvin agree on one thing: their love of country bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. So on their first studio collaboration since the mid-1980s, the Alvins offer the conciliatory and commendable “Common Ground: Dave & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.” On 12 tunes, including the classic “Key to the Highway,” Phil is the one with the big passionate voice and Dave delivers the hot guitar licks. The brothers reconnected two years ago after Phil almost died of a respiratory illness in Spain. He was certainly in good voice in May at a Blasters gig at Lee’s Liquor Lounge, and this Alvins tour has received raves for its brotherly love spread over Broonzy and Blasters songs. Jon Bream

Price: $26

Where

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet MallMinneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 07/26/14

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