It's always intriguing to hear artists' versions of songs that inspired them; it puts their own music into perspective. Remember what The Beatles and The Stones did with some of the old R&B and blues numbers they grew up loving. While listening to any of Alvin's four critically lauded CDs, one can scan the songwriting credits on the tunes he covers and find influences ranging from Chuck Berry to Captain Beefheart, Black Oak Arkansas to legendary kings of garage squall, The Sonics. Side by side with such inspirational touchstones, his own songs take on a different dimension. It's the sound of a man who loves his record collection. Buzzy Lawler
Alvin Youngblood Hart plays Ashland Coffee & Tea Aug. 27. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased online at www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com, or by calling 798-1702.
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