Off Beat Magazine/Emily Carmichael /July 1, 2017 -Alejandro Escovedo has learned, better than many, how to stand on his own two feet. Whether those feet are planted at center stage or in the middle of a hurricane, the scrapes on his soles show in the soul of his music.
Escovedo tells of his learning curve in his recently released album, Burn Something Beautiful. Since 2002, Escovedo has survived Hepatitis C, Hurricane Odile and, at the ripe age of 66, many of his rock n’ roll friends. His experiences with Hepatitis C and Hurricane Odile, in particular, left Escovedo struggling to play music due to their physical and psychological repercussions, including a brand new case of stage anxiety that appeared after making through the storm in Mexico in 2014.
The album plays like a lyrical expression of Escovedo’s personal guide on how to survive a life that he views as exceedingly fragile, discovered and documented in partnership with Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5, and produced by Bill Bentley, who has worked with the likes of Neil Young and ZZ Top.
From a musical family, the San Antonio-born artist began his career in the 1970s, playing with the The Nuns in San Francisco and opening for the Sex Pistols for their final performance in 1978. He eventually made his way back to Texas in the 1980s, where he played with Rank and File and True Believers. Escovedo did not release a solo album until 1992, at age 41. Since his solo debut, he has continued to release critically-acclaimed music like the popular song “Castanets,” which he refused to play after it made President George W. Bush’s top ten playlist. The song only returned to his live performance repertoire after Bush left office. Before making his New Orleans stop, Escovedo took time to speak with OffBeat.