Springing in July of 1976 from Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, the Alpha Music group appeared in the music picture with great expectations. The music group agreed upon with Clive Davis and Arista Information for the reported $6 million after getting together for just a few weeks and had been touted by Davis among the most important works to arrive in years. The Alpha Band’s sound, which drew from a grab-bag of American root base styles, in addition to pop and rock and roll, was focused around singer-songwriters J. Henry “T-Bone” Burnett and Steven Bottoms, and multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield. The group’s 1976 self-titled debut, which included a protracted lineup of drummer Matt Betton and bassist David Jackson, included an eclectic assortment of materials highlighted by Burnett’s impressionistic lyrics, Bottoms’ folk-pop music and Mansfield’s electric guitar, mandolin and outstanding violin. The trio of Burnett, Bottoms and Mansfield continuing on for just two even more records, Spark at night (1977) as well as the overtly Christian The Statue Manufacturers of Hollywood (1978), before disbanding in 1979.