The Blasters in The Cities

There was no cooler place to be in Minneapolis on June 17 than Lee’s Liquor Lounge. We were piled in there, too, pressed against the stage for The Blasters‘ return to the Twin Cities. Phil Alvin, John Bazz, Keith Wyatt and the powerhouse drummer “Buster” Bill Bateman played a greatest hits show for hipsters, rockers,Continue reading “The Blasters in The Cities”

Fourth of July fireworks: The original Blasters live

While many in the crowd were talking about the return of the Fightin’ Alvins, the real on-stage fireworks this Fourth of July weekend came courtesy of the past and present of Blasters guitar players. The Blasters were one of the featured acts this past weekend at the 30th American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn,Continue reading “Fourth of July fireworks: The original Blasters live”

Doghouse Lords unleashed in California

For all your Bill Bateman needs, look no further than The Doghouse Lords, with dates next week in California. As an added bonus, it looks like Bateman and John Bazz are pulling double duty with The Blasters on a couple of these gigs. Doghouse Lords guitarist Chopper Franklin (late of The Cramps) tells nofightin.com thatContinue reading “Doghouse Lords unleashed in California”

The Blasters’ ‘Trouble Bound’ 2002

The California blues/roots/rockabilly/R&B collective The Blasters should be required listening for any fan of American Music. During the 1980s, the band, along with contemporaries such as X and Los Lobos, bridged punk and roots music with an energy and enthusiasm that thrilled a legion of fans of all types of music. That Blasters ethic isContinue reading “The Blasters’ ‘Trouble Bound’ 2002”