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Alvin Crow

Times have changed, but Alvin Crow hasn’t. The Oklahoma native sat in the Oklahoma City Orchestra when he was 5 and has been playing under spotlights ever since. Drawn first to West Texas before migrating to Austin in the early 1970s, Crow fused his classical training to the raw country & western music of his youth and developed a distinctive style of fiddling that fit perfectly with the fledgling progressive country sound dominating Austin in the Nixon era. Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys has been his primary act since that time, though he's played as Alvin Crow & the Neon Angels, Nyquil Roger & the Razors, and in old friend Doug Sahm's New Wave-era quintet as well as the Texas Mavericks. Crow also occasionally bands together with veteran players Pete Mitchell (Ernest Tubb) and Neil Flanz (Gram Parsons) for his hardcore country band. He remains a top draw at the Broken Spoke twice a month, fiddling away to a packed dance floor with guests like James M. White and Pinetop Perkins often sitting in. – Margaret Moser

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10/12/13 @ Broken Spoke
Alvin Crow

Fiddling as ACL burns.

11/09/05 @ Broken Spoke
Broken Spoke 41st Anniversary
The bus that crashed through the back wall of the venerable dance hall is finally gone. That’s not a moment too soon for owner James White, hosting the 41st anniversary of the club’s opening. And with a lineup that includes Alvin Crow, Cornell Hurd, Dale Watson, Bruce Robison, the Derailers, Jeff Hughes, and Gary P. Nunn, the energy will be higher than the moon. Recent news of White’s wife Annetta’s recovery from a bout with cancer means the celebration will be even more joyous than usual. Pass the Lone Star, please.
02/01/05 @ Threadgill's World HQ
Austin Chronicle Songwriter's Night
Neil Kaiser hosts a night of song-swapping from Alvin Crow, Joey Thompson, Abi Tapia, Leary Kelly, and more.
11/10/04 @ Broken Spoke
Broken Spoke 40th Anniversary
The dance is free, courtesy of James and Annetta White, but the music is priceless. Alvin Crow, Dale Watson, Cornell Hurd, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ed Burleson, and more will celebrate "the last of the true Texas dance halls." The Spoke stands for the best in traditional Texas country, having seen legends such as Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, and Willie Nelson on its low-ceilinged stage. As James White says, "We ain’t fancy, but we’re damn sure country." Damn sure.
Last Updated: February 22, 2008

August 29, 1959
Genre: Blues/Gospel and Country/Bluegrass
Upcoming shows:
Thursdays, 9 p.m. @
Austin Music Awards:
1988: Hall of Fame Inductee
Record Reviews:
Full Discography:
Texas Classic (1990)  
Pure Country (1995)  
White Trash Opera (2005)  
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