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"Local musicians did Dylan proud"

Local musicians did Dylan proud
By Paul Boerger, review

An evening dedicated to Bob Dylan songs, dubbed The Dylan Sessions Vol. 1, sung by local musicians saw a packed Stage Door Cabaret Coffeehouse Oct. 6 hear several dozen songs by the master sung in a variety of styles with enthusiasm and artistic creativity.

Chris Prim, Alex Colvin, Jerry Smida and Jan Sterling served up the majority of the music, with Smida providing outstanding backup on the keyboard...

...Colvin is a fountain of Dylan lyrics singing many songs including the full versions of “Just Like a Woman,” “Memphis Blues Again” and “Ballad of a Thin Man” in folk style with a touch of honky tonk. In addition to guitar, Colvin has a harmonica around his neck with which he accompanies his songs in classic Dylan style. No matter how serious the song, his infectious, shy laugh always accompanies the end of a tune.

...A highlight of the evening came when Colvin sang “I Shall Be Released,” and the audience spontaneously began to sing along on the chorus. You could have scooped up the warm feeling in the room with a spoon and took it home in a jar. After I Shall Be Released, many of the tunes heard the audience join in.

It's not often “You really missed it” is appropriate, but in this case if you weren't there, “You really missed it.”

Stay tuned for a promised The Dylan Sessions Vol. 2.
- Mt Shasta Herald


Discography

CD's:

Absolute Reality (2002)
Solid Ground (2002)
Pink Underwear (2003)
I'm Still A Man (2006)
Cameron Of the Redwoods (2006)
Best Of Alex Colvin (2007)

Select tracks are available for listening at

www.myspace.com/alexcolvin and
www.myspace/alexcolvin2

Two minute clips of all songs on all cd's can also be heard on

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alexcolvin

and 69 songs are avilable on Itunes at

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=219107093

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Bio

Alex Colvin has been playing guitar and writing songs for over 40 years. Born in Manhattan, he grew up listening to old jazz records, especially Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven and his Hot Five. He also enjoyed listening to his mom and aunts harmonize on old Tin Pan Alley standards and party songs.

As a child, his family moved to San Francisco, and then to Montana. Rock and roll, surfing music, the British Rock Invasion, folk music, counterculture music of the sixties, blues, reggae, and country all influenced his music. In addition to over 80 of his original songs he plays over 200 covers from all of these genres. Among his favorites are Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Louis Armstrong, the Eagles, John Lennon, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Bob Marley….but there are really too many to name.

In 1968, he left Montana to go to school in Seattle at University of Washington. This was a time when a lot was happening and also a time of great music. The weekend he arrived, Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods were playing the Love U Festival on University Boulevard. Alex and his friends loved going to concerts of Albert King, the Grateful Dead, Three Dog Night, John Mayall, Blind Faith, and other greats of the sixties. Alex’s roommate, Charlie, had grown up in San Francisco going to Fillmore West and really knew how to pick the bands.

It was in Seattle that Alex began developing his unique finger-picking style. At a guitar workshop in the Cascade Mountains west of Seattle, Jerry Corbitt from the Youngbloods taught him alternate bass picking and Janis Ian helped him to develop his vocal style and introduced him to more complex chord phrasing and strumming. Alex DeGrassi inspired him to be more serious about picking when he taught him to play some Hot Tuna and Classical Gas. He was also influenced by the style of Mississippi John Hurt and Jerry Silverman.

In 1971, he quit school and went “on the road.” He hitchhiked around the country playing music and exploring life. Eventually he settled down in Maryland where he continued his education and worked for a time as a writer, editor, graphic designer, web designer, event organizer, and consultant for several non-profit organizations.

However, Alex always kept a guitar handy to translate his experiences and insights into song. He also continued to improve his music and songwriting through study and practice of chords, scales, and theory to give depth, background, and finesse to his music while at the same time keeping it down home and earthy.

Entering the 21st century, the muse seized him. Since then he has devoted himself solely to performing, song writing, and poetry. His songs and poems chronicle many aspects of the “sixties generation.”

Alex and his wife Linda currently live half the year in Maryland and half the year in the Cascade Mountains in Northern California.