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Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo's family tree includes former Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo and Pete's daughter Sheila E (also Prince's former drummer and later a pop star). He began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier. The band recorded two albums for EMI and toured the country, often as an opening act for Los Lobos. However, EMI opted not to release the second album, which eventually led to the group's breakup. (It eventually surfaced as a bonus item when Rykodisc reissued the first set on CD in 1994.) Escovedo released a solo album in 1992 on Watermelon Records, Gravity, uniting his wide variety of styles; the album was produced by Stephen Bruton of Bonnie Raitt's band. Escovedo also began gigging periodically with the band Buick MacKane, which fused old-school punk with '70s glam rock; after Rykodisc released Escovedo's With These Hands in 1996, they followed it up with Buick MacKane's long-awaited album. After Escovedo parted ways with Rykodisc, he signed in 1998 with the Chicago-based alt-country label Bloodshot, which released the live album More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-1996 and the acclaimed studio set A Man Under the Influence. In April 2003, Escovedo collapsed following a show in Phoenix, AZ, after which it was subsequently revealed that he had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C in the late '90s but had not sought treatment. An outpouring of support from musicians led to a series of successful benefit concerts to help pay Escovedo's medical expenses and keep his music before the public, followed by a tribute album, Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo, which was released in 2004. In 2006, Escovedo released Boxing Mirror and toured with the Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet to promote the album. His next album, Real Animal, was produced by Tony Visconti and released in June 2008. Escovedo re-teamed with Visconti for 2010's Street Songs of Love. Visconti also produced his follow-up, Big Station, which was released in the early summer of 2012. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Track List: 1968 (Single)

Comments

jim32405
New fan as of April 4, 2014, Valpo Indiana. Awesome
Haven't had the chance to meet him but did play accordion for his brother Mario Escovedo in the San Diego,Ca area for 3 years great guy
Good dancing music!!
an explosion ..NUNS SONG
lfornoff
Extremely talented and underrated. Go see him with his band the Sensitive Boys if you ever get a chance. He rocks!
azteca97
He is so awesome.... he bleeds his music. The entire band is incredible, just all around good people!! Just caught his show on Public Television - Austin City Limits Music show.
I have to echo Udo comments, couldn't have said it better myself:) I cannot believe I have not been following this guy for years. Almost ashamed to say I got hooked by Castanets, cause I know now how much pain that caused him but damn, it's good stuff. Been exploring his other work for about 2 years now and never been disappointed .
Saw him last nite in Pittsburgh,, , G R E A T show,,,and a very nice,down to earth guy as well....sign e d my T shirt with a handshake and a picture. Guitar player with him was phenomenal (Dave from Houston)...A l e j a n d r o is sooooo good,,,,,,,, ,
chimprowe
Truly gifted
listening to the cut silver cloud . amazing how many tunes are new to my ears each and every day. how good is that. always surprised and thrilled
Saw this man last night in Northampton. I wish I had been following him for years. DAMN! This dude peels the paint off walls with hius playing. Great performer, great storyteller. His band was ROCK SOLID. I have a lot of catching up to do on his music and story.
lauriejane
A few of months ago I turned on my TV to Austin City Limits and Alejandro Escovedo performing with his band. I was spellbound as I watched and listened to this artist, whom I had never seen or heard. It wasn't until the credits at the end of the program that I found out who he was. He had a new fan in me, that's for sure.
I think its awesome that Alejandro, along with others, has broken the "sterotypica l " mold and is making music that his contemporari e s are acknowledgin g . BRAVO...Alej a n d r o . I would love to meet you some day and see you live in ALBUQUERQUE. . . l e n a @ www.lenajmun o z . c o m
stgirl9
A true musician , with great feeling for his lyrics. Thanks Pandora!!
ptmueller78
Brilliant, brilliant guy. Go see him if you get a chance. Solo, with a guitarist, with a string ensemble, with a full rock band -- doesn't matter. He's equally excellent in any context.
jandreeff
glad this showed up on my keith richards station, never heard of him. i dig it!
ilof38musich
This guy's voice is a hand of steel inside a velvet glove...his musicality is precocious and fresh...love his use of strings and that lovely acoustic guitar work. The rock tunes are mpeccable. Uhmmm-um-um- u m - u m !
redorb123
He puts on a great live show too!
Very nice.
'Baby's Got New Plans' by Escovedo came up on my Iron Maiden station (right after 'Back in the Day' by Megadeth which I like, and right before 'Criminally Insane' by Slayer, which I can't get into...). Anyway, will try out more Esco...
Goofy,goofy, g o o f y lookin' -Alejandro Escovedo Is the the Billy Joel -The Joe Jackson -The Bloody Fingers of our time. No wonder that the powers that be have shunned him. they have left out all the true artists from consumption. This is what we have been waiting on. Piano, rock, pain, talent, insight.
In the release of Real Animal, Alejandro has created the best album of his career. And, it's not a stretch to say this is one of the best albums of 2008. It has the sound and feel of an artist fully in command of his craft. For Alejandro, these skills are considerable , from evocative and thoughtful lyrics to solid instrumentat i o n , and production. It rocks. It pulls. It glimmers.
Alejandro is another one of those Austin-based artists who should be more visible and well-known than he is. Great song writer and performer.
The Boxing Mirror is one of my favorite albums. His appearance on Austin City Limits last year was phenomenal!
justinjune28
Surprised I never heard this on warren zevon radio
Alejandro is an incredible song writer.

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