Believe it — Dave Alvin, a masterful songwriter and guitarist, will deliver one of the best shows of the summer in Spokane.
Roots-rock pioneer Dave Alvin is coming through Spokane this summer on his "Roots on the Rails" tour, one of the most unusual ways you'll see a concert tour make its way across the country.
In this case, it's more accurate to say "make its way around the West," as Alvin's journey via railroad starts and ends in Los Angeles, and hits places like Glacier National Park, Seattle and Portland in addition to the Lilac City.
Alvin — known for his years in '80s punk outfits The Blasters and X, and for decades of solo work focused on blues, folk, country and rock music — most recently visited Spokane with his brother Phil last summer.
Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...