By Neil Ferguson/Glide Magazine/October 23, 2016
It seemed an odd booking choice when it was announced that Alejandro Escovedo would play the tiny White Eagle in Portland. After all, he could have easily played a larger venue. But the living room-like feel of the room made it clear that the renowned musician was aiming for a different sort of vibe this time around. Currently, Escovedo is on tour in support of his upcoming album Burn Something Beautiful, which comes out on October 28th. The album was recorded in Portland, so Thursday’s show felt more special than normal as the always impeccably dressed Escovedo took to the small stage with only his acoustic guitar.
“There will be no guitar solos,” said Escovedo before playing. This would be mostly true throughout the set, although he would use effects and distortion to give certain songs a bit more of an edge than a typical acoustic set. From the beginning, it was clear stories would take precedent over solos. Between every song, Escovedo would regale the attentive audience with tales from a life lived in the glorious trenches of rock and roll.