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Alejandro Escovedo

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San Antonio TX, United States (1992 – present)

Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter.

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 break-up. (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, who fused old-school punk with 70’s 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 with the Chicago-based alt-country label Bloodshot in 1998, who released the live album More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-1996 and the acclaimed studio set A Man Under The Influence.

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  • palanwen

    Though his arrangements are quite simple instrumentally, they're full of heart and love. I can always appreciate that. San Antonio Ran was beautiful.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • a___-___a

    so sadly underrated

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Ryger5

    I saw this cat down in Austin last year on a fluke. I had actually gone to see Southern Culture on the Skids (who Alejandro opened for that night) and I was blown away with what Alejandro and his band delivered. They definitely stole the show that night and I have been a fan ever since!

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hoosier_buddy

    standout track from Big Station: Sally Was A Cop. this one seeps into me.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ShuffleItAll

    new track from his upcoming album big station: http://birdsneedfeet.blogspot.se/2012/04/listen-alejandro-escovedo-man-of-world.html

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • lofidelphia

    One of the most underrated artists I listen to.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • schloppypoppy

    I love his slower tempo songs, definitely knows how to rock out as well.

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • liam7777

    Good to see all the positive comments. Alejandro is a great person and artist.

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    I met Al when I was living in Austin. He is not only staggering to watch on stage and fiery in performance, but he's also a genuinely good guy and easy to like.

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • morningside24

    Is 'The Boxing Mirror' any good? I'm really curious, cos I'm a big John Cale fan (he produced the album), and I'm just getting into Escovedo's stuff.

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • newmusicmichael

    Phenomenally talented live performer, say him at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • bjberkow

    Its like if Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen had a child and that kid went on tour with Los Lobos and listened to Tom Petty records. Alejandro is good. [2]

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • krautrausch

    New album gets better every day!

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • LizFairPhan

    Saw him at Calvin Theater last night; amazing show, great energy, and the guitarist was one of the better I've seen.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    @Druid66: You said it, man. He's one heckuva musician. Fearless!

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • TheOnlyRoc

    Cant wait for the album.

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • ShuffleItAll

    mp3 of Street Song from his upcoming album here: http://onethirtybpm.com/2010/05/18/mp3-alejandro-escovedo-street-song/

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • Druid66

    Alejandro used to work in a record store a few blocks from my place in Austin...then and now, he was a cool guy and a hell of a musician. He deserves every bit of success he's gotten and will surely get.

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • brettac1

    Can't wait for the new album in June.

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • malize

    Bastante bueno.

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
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