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Alejandro Escovedo, renowned songwriter, singer and true believer. In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity – recently named by Paste Magazine #21 on the Top 50 Southern Rock Albums of All Time – Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music… Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.
In December 2017 Escovedo joined the Yep Roc family, after playing the 20th anniversary celebration shows in North Carolina. He crossed paths again with Chris Stamey (dB’s) for the first time in 17 years after Stamey produced A Man Under the Influence (Bloodshot, 2001). It was here the concept was born to merge a new interpretation of A Man Under the Influence with the Think About the Link Tour presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation, for whom Escovedo has been a spokesperson since 2017. As a hepatitis C survivor, Escovedo hopes to spread the word about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer. The tour kicked off on January 13, 2018 at his annual show at ACL Live at the Moody in Austin to stunning reviews. Each night, Escovedo and band performed his seminal “A Man Under the Influence album in its entirety, with new arrangements by music director Stamey and featuring most of the original musicians featured on the album – Mitch Easter (producer, R.E.M., frontman, Let’s Active), Eric Heywood (The Pretenders), long-time drummer Hector Munoz and cellist Brian Standefer. The second half of the show devoted to inspired covers by celebrated music heroes who have succumbed to cancer, survivors, and gems from Alejandro’s rich catalog.
In October 2016, Escovedo, released the well-loved Burn Something Beautiful on Concord Music’s Fantasy Records. The album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s acclaimed Big Station, was a highly collaborative affair where he teamed with long time friends Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.,The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows) to co-write the album’s songs, and also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producer.
Escovedo and The Burn Something Beautiful Band, as they fondly refer to themselves, took some mighty big swings. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Five) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). The record took Escovedo and three incarnations of bands on a year-long journey across the US and Europe. He will release a new record on Yep Roc later this year.
“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”
Alejandro’s many gifts are revealed across a lifetime spent in dedication to and faith in the hard work of life and music…and its possibilities. Refusing to go unnoticed.