Hometown: Austin, TX
"Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre." David Fricke, Rolling Stone
Alejandro's whole life has pretty much been documented already and reads like a "How to Make Rock and Roll A Lifelong Profession" primer. Ground Zero punk rock dude with The Nuns (they opened for the Sex Pistols last show, you know), cowpunk progenitor in Rank and File, gutter brawling guitar rawker in True Believers and Buick MacKane and now a songwriter and performer without peer; you know the story.
An Alejandro concert will find him playing for hours and draining himself and his audience with his performance. They can be full on punk sets that make all that SoCal pretty boy punk seem as tepid as it really is, and then he can stop it all on a dime and tear the room’s collective heart out with a sparse, harrowing confessional. In between, there may be lots of moments of him getting his glam rocks off by digging into the Ian Hunter or Bowie songbook. He can show up with just himself and a guitar, his huge chamber rock orchestra, a lean and mean rock and roll combo, or a string quintet. We’ve seen Alejandro dozens of times, and we really never know what to expect, and we never get bored. He can whip out every one of his songs ten different ways, depending on the mood, and they will jump into the rumble seat of your gut every time.
After a near-death bout of Hepatitis C in 2003, Alejandro took some time off from the road. All is, happily, well now and he is putting out more fantastic music and is again sharing it with lucky folks the world over with his regular tour schedule.
Live performance of "Castanets" on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches.
"Bad News" w/ Jon Langford & Dave Alvin on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2&3
"San Antonio Rose" w/ Jon Langford on Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills
"Evening Gown" on Down to the Promised Land
"Baby's Got New Plans" on Just A Few More: A Musical Tribute To Larry Brown