CORVALLIS, Ore. — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Dave Alvin will perform via webcast for the next American Strings event at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The concert is free and open to the public.

Organized by Oregon State University’s Alumni Association and College of Liberal Arts and hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli, the American Strings Series brings in successful artists from a variety of genres for a night of conversation and performance.

Alvin co-founded the roots-rock group The Blasters in 1979, and since leaving the band in 1986, the guitarist has created his own unique blend of traditional American music. His 2000 solo album “Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land” earned him a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Alvin calls himself a “barroom guitarist” and says his songs are like California: “A big, messy, melting pot.”

He has recorded with Bobby Rush, Tom Waits, John Mellencamp, Little Milton and The Knitters, and his original songs have been recorded by Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Joe Ely and Marshall Crenshaw. His music has also been featured in movies and television including on “The Sopranos,” “Justified,” “Girls,” “Crybaby,” “Dusk to Dawn,” “The Wire” and “True Blood.”

Alvin’s recent projects include reuniting with his brother Phil for two blues albums, including the Grammy-nominated album “Common Ground,” a reunion with his 1977 punk band, The Flesh Eaters, and a new band, The Third Mind, made up of Alvin, Victor Krummenacher (Camper von Beethoven), David Immerglück (Counting Crows) and Jesse Sykes (Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter.) On Nov. 20 he released an album of rare and unreleased recordings titled “From an Old Guitar.”

Registration is required to view the free performance. To receive your link to watch online, visit:

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, [email protected]


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, [email protected]


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