"not since Dwight Yoakum was signed out of the Palamino, all those years ago, has a local country act caused so much excitement"
— Music Connection Magazine
"the first time I heard this band it was a revelation!"
— Twangzine Magazine
“Alvarado will be unknown to many. Tennessee Rain is taken from this new West-Coast band's debut album, After The Smoke Clears, produced by Dusty Wakeman. Shurman fans may recognise the jangling guitar work of Nelson Blanton, now a member of Alvarado, on this road anthem”
— A World of Americana (UK)
"one of the most united bands to surface within country music in some time. The members of the band each realizes that one is no more significant than the other three. Vowing to remain true to their early vision and to each other, Alvarado seem poised for lasting success."
— All Music Guide
"one of the tightest, most entertaining quartets playing 'round town, in any genre."
— the Pasadena Weekly
"the undulating rasgueado rhythm and Knowles' minor-key velvety vocals make "Hard to Hold" seem like Ravel's "Bolero" next to the anemic barroom cha-cha standard "Neon Moon."
— the Los Angeles Times
“their music is a mix of country and a little rock-Hot Rod Honky Tonk"
— producer Dusty Wakeman