With his new album «The Crossing», this roots rock and alt-country artist continues to make a huge imprint with his blending of alt-rock and -country, cowpunk, heartland and Chicano rock. Just as he’s heard the various styles blasting from the jukeboxes in the bars of San Antonio, Texas in the ’70s and ’80s while hustling to create his own narrative of infectious dance but politically engaged music. The son of Mexican immigrants, Alejandro comes from an illustrious musical family, for instance, Prince’s drummer Sheila E (scovedo) is his niece. And when he fell ill with gigantic hospital bills to pay, fellow artists that came to his aid were Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Bob Neuwirth, Jennifer Warnes, Jon Dee Graham, Ian Hunter a.o. for the covers album «Por Vida. The songs of Alejandro Escovedo». No doubt, the man’s a powerhouse in the musical community, both as an artist and a person.
But don’t just take our word for it. About his current album «The Crossing», a breathtaking musical coming-of-age journey, the German mag Stern enthused: «With this mighty and politically engaged current album, situated somewhere between Los Lobos, Chuck Prophet, R.E.M., Calexico, and Richmond Fontaine, Escovedo shows himself to be one of the exceptional but criminally underrated folk-rock songwriters in the U.S». Mighty Rolling Stone sprinkles 4 stars for «The story of American disillusionment, casual and tough.» And adds «Escovedo, one of the last great rock’n’roll romantics, still believes in the promised land. Despite everything and especially now», while Der Neue Tag simply states «John Cale Meets Warren Zevon».
Oh yeah: In 2005, when Alejandro heard that George W. Bush put his song «Castanets» on his iPod playlist, he announced to Texas and the world that he wouldn’t play the song until W was out of office. And he didn’t. Cojones!
Live at El Lokal, the great Alejandro Escovedo. Ahora nos vemos, si?