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    • Kate Laddish

    • February 17, 2018 in Columnists

    It’s like Old Home Week when Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore return to The Palms

    Roots musicians Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore realized a couple years ago that, even though they’ve been friends for decades, they hadn’t ever played together. They’ve set about correcting that with acoustic duo shows, including one at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) tonight. Tickets, $28, for the 8 p.m. show are sold out.

    Both Alvin and Gilmore have long histories with The Palms dating back to the days of “the old barn” in Davis and continuing at the venue’s Winters location, where Alvin in particular has been a mainstay of the club’s schedule.

    Alvin previously described The Palms as a “much beloved music venue” that is one of his “favorite clubs anywhere in the world.”

    This will be his first time back since he and Christy McWilson played a specially scheduled show two years ago when the club’s future was uncertain. For many fans, his return now puts an exclamation point on The Palms’ reopening.

    Credited with helping invent the Americana and roots rock genres with both his band and solo work, Alvin can launch incendiary musical scorchers or bring things to a poignant simmer. His blues-influenced guitar playing, baritone voice, evocative songwriting and visceral performances have won him a dedicated following.

    Equally fluent in spare and delicate folk, sultry blues and explosive rock, Alvin braids together the threads of American roots music. His Contemporary Folk Album of the Year Grammy win and Blues Album of the Year Grammy nomination highlight his omnivorous tendencies.

    Alvin has recorded more than 20 albums, the most recent of which is the 2015 Yep Roc release “Lost Time,” recorded with his brother and Blasters co-founder Phil Alvin and backing band The Guilty Ones.

    Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who most recently played The Palms last summer with Bill Kirchen, co-founded The Flatlanders, the Texas-based band now credited with establishing alt-country.

    “Jimmie is a wonderful pure-voiced singer,” Kirchen said ahead of last year’s show, “with a tremendous catalogue of songs, many from his own pen.”

    Singer-songwriter Blackie Farrell, who’s known Gilmore since the 1970s, added, “Jimmie owns what he does, and does it with inspiring soul and grace.”

    In addition to his work with The Flatlanders, Gilmore has recorded nearly 10 solo albums, been nominated for three Grammy awards and been named Rolling Stone’s Country Artist of the Year three years in a row.

    Gilmore is also an actor, most notably playing the pacifist bowler Smokey in the Coen Brothers’ movie “The Big Lebowski.”

    Alvin and Gilmore recently recorded an album together. A release date is not yet announced.

    For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, davealvin.net and jimmiegilmore.com.

    Dave Alvin (right) and Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s acoustic duo show at The Palms Playhouse tonight will be the first time the two headliners will play at the club together. (Photo by Tim Reese Photography)

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