Singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the Blasters. He also performed stints with bands like X and The Knitters between pursuing his solo career. His music has made appearances in shows like Justified, The Sopranos, and True Blood.
The Blasters formed in 1979 where he served as lead guitarist and songwriter. He later left the band in 1986 to join the alt rock band X.
In addition to his musical career, he is also a poet, his work appearing in many anthologies. He has also published two poetry books titled Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You and Nana, Big Joe & the Fourth of July.
His older brother Phil Alvin was also a founding member of the Blasters.
He has worked as a recording musician and producer for stars like Tom Russell and the Derailers.