A recap: Americana, and you may know this but the patron next to you may not, is deeply rooted in American Folk which over time partnered up with roots-rock, alt-country and corrido, (the bolero that tells about the life of simple country folks) to just give you most of the enchilada. Coming from an illustrious American-Mexican musical family (Prince’s long-time percussion Sheila E is his niece), Alejandro the man in that snakeskin jacket is from Austin, Texas and he’s his city’s favorite son. Musically, he’s added an abrasive element of punk fused with unhinged psychedelic excursions that are hard-driving and are complementing his soulful voice. Little did he know in the 90’s that the fire he lit under the butt of the music world would spread to a substantial global burn. It was then when he got together with Walter Salas-Humara of The Silos and Michael Hall of Wild Seeds and it was then when they came up with that classic, fittingly titled album «Americana». In his youthful days he also survived a period that put a double punch of energy and rawness for a lasting streak into his music. He was a member of the The Nuns, a local punk outfit, amen.
Alejandro lived the hard life at times only to come back stronger, he’s overcome stage fright and exorcised a severe case of Hep C. He needed hospital care but had no health insurance to pay for it – the sword over the head of many U.S. artists –which led Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Jennifer Warnes, Ian Hunter, Steve Earle, The Jayhawks and many others to contribute to the benefit 2-disc set Por Vida: The songs of Alejandro Escovedo.
Fan the flames pyromancy followers, firemen, peyote heads, mescaleros, «very bad hombres» and their good mujeres, prairie dogs and lovers of Americana. One of the guitar greats by name of Alejandro Escovedo is going to perform tonight. Do we ever have a hot seat waiting for you.