Dave Alvin "The Best of the Hightone Years" (2009)
I really don't know why Dave Alvin isn't in the conversation for best contemporary songwriter. Is it some personal issue? Is it because he's based in California? Is it because his label doesn't spend the money or do the politics correctly? For whatever reason, he seems to be overlooked. This collection makes the case that he is every bit the equal of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, or whoever you normally talk about as being the best.