Guitar hero Dave Alvin is nothing if not dedicated to rock 'n' roll. For more than 20 years, the undersung Alvin has wielded a sharp ax, cutting deep into the heart of hard-driving American music. Along with his brother Phil, he founded the early-'80s roots rockers the Blasters and later went on to spend time on the L.A. folk circuit with former X-men John Doe and Exene Cervenka as the Knitters. More recently, he's shown how versatile his talents truly are, recording a Grammy-winning album of traditional folk and blues tunes in 2000 called Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land, and the introspective, blues-rocking Ashgrove, released last year. As he's proven over two decades, Alvin is the kind of performer whose heart lies so close to the music that you can hear it in every note.
Dave Alvin plays at 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 25, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Tickets cost $32. Call 561-585-2583.