After a six-year run as primary songwriter and frontman, respectively, for the influential rockabilly band the Blasters—which helped launch the roots-rock movement—the brothers called it quits after a bitter clash that saw the siblings parting ways.

But blood is thicker than ink.


Sure enough, Dave, 60, and Phil, 62, reunited in 2002 for the first time in a decade, getting the band back together for a few dates. Their renewed association has continued of late, with the brothers collaborating in 2014 on the critically acclaimed Big Bill Broonzy tribute Common Ground, and, most recently, on Lost Time.

The brothers visited our studio for an episode of Acoustic Guitar Sessions and played songs from their past two albums.