Alvin Crow

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Fiddle; Western Swing; Honky-Tonk Oklahoma; September 29, 1950 - One of the most heartening tangents to Austin's late '60s and early '70s progressive country movement was the revival of Western swing. Among the bands carrying on the tradition set by Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Bill Boyd, and many others, two of the most prominent and influential in Austin were Asleep at the Wheel and Alvin Crow. Crow, who hails from Oklahoma, started the Pleasant Valley Boys in Amarillo in 1968 before moving them to Central Texas in 1971. With their mix of Western swing, Texas honky-tonk,and Buddy Holly-style rockabilly, they became favorites at local dance halls - especially the legendary Broken Spoke. Alvin, who bears a striking resemblance to Holly, handled lead vocals and played a mean fiddle inspired by the greats of Western swing. The original Pleasant Valley Boys included brother Rick on lead guitar, Bobby Earl Smith on rhythm guitar, Roger Crabtree on harmonica, and Herb Steiner on steel. Their self-titled recording of 1976 featured a guest appearance by Jesse Ashlock of the Texas Playboys, covers of Bob Wills ("Stay a Little Longer") and Jesse Winchester ("That's the Touch I Like"), plus originals like "Fiddler's Lady" (Crow) and the classic crowd pleaser, "Nyquil Blues" penned by Steiner. In 1977, Alvin and the Boys made their big label debut with High Riding, a more straight ahead Western swing/honky-tonk recording, with production by Tommy Allsup and guest appearances by pianist Al Strickland and vocalist Leon Rausch from the Texas Playboys. The album featured tunes like "Yes She Do, No She Don't" (originally done by Milton Brown), "Wine Me Up" (Faron Young), "Cotton Eyed Joe," and a tribute to the King of Western Swing, "Here in Turkey Texas (The Home of Bob Wills)" by Steiner. Incidentally, it also had two songs - "High Stepper" and "Retirement Run" (one last marijuana haul) - by the original King of White Trash, D. K. Little. Over the years, Crow and various incarnations of the Pleasant Valley Boys continued to record lots of excellent Western swing/honky-tonk/rockabilly and nailed down a permanent spot at the Broken Spoke. They cut several albums on the Broken Spoke label, including one of classic cowboy songs, Cowboy 1. In the early 1980s, Crow joined Doug Sahm's band and played fiddle and guitar on several recordings. He was a member of the Texas Mavericks, a side project with Sahm, Speedy Sparks, and John X. Reed that recorded one pseudonymous album of country, rockabilly, blues, and Tex-Mex called Who are These Masked Men? Into the late 1990s, Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys could be found several times a month at the Broken Spoke, and as hosts to that venues' annual New Year's Eve party. see: Doug Sahm --David Goodman, author of Modern Twang: An Alternative Country Music Guide and Directory
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Alvin Crow  06/16/2006            
Dan Frain
I used to see Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys all over Austin. Brings back a LOT of memories. The old Split Rail Inn was close enough that I could stumble home; Soap Creek Saloon was out in the boonies, but there was always somebody headed for town. I never once saw a bad set, and don't expect to ever see one. Now I've got kids I need to introduce to his music.
Alvin Crow  03/11/2006            
I have only seen Alvin Crow once, and it is definiately not enough! If Texas were not 1000 miles away, I would see him all the time! He is great. If you are in Austin, find were he is playing.
Alvin Crow  08/05/2005            
Wishing For You
Wishing For You
Alvin Crow  07/26/2005            
Alvin & the Boys are 1 of the best honky-tonk bands in Texas Been a fan for over 20 from 1st time I saw Alvin @ the old Coldwater club in Lubbock
Alvin Crow  03/09/2005            
Mike Martin
This guy is the real thing; get a more current picture if you want to do him justice. He's a fiddle player with attitude; don't mess with Alvin.
Alvin Crow  01/28/2005            
Gayle Brown
Alvin Gayle Brown here, still in Amarillo Texas it's been 32 years I hope this finds you in the very best of God's loving care. My son Steve Brown is a musician now and plays classical music like bach and chopin on piano and plays all styles of music on guitar , you told me he would ! remember you looked at his hands and said "he'll play music someday. thanks for all you did for me yours truely the Dinkster
Alvin Crow  12/05/2004            
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Alvin Crow  11/25/2004            
If you want pure Texas music at it's best, select any one of Alvin Crow's albums. One of the best fiddle players to come out of Texas. Check the albums out, you will not be disappointed.
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