Dallas News/By Robert Wilonsky/October 11, 2016 – This story, like so many these days, begins with a tweet. It came from an old friend and long-ago Dallas Morning News pop music critic Michael Corcoran on Sept. 24 of last year, as he broke the news about the head-scratching, out-of-nowhere move by one of Texas’ greatest living singer-songwriters to the last place imaginable.
“Old, cool Austin is officially dead. Alejandro Escovedo has moved to Dallas.”
This was big news to those who follow Texas music. A seismic shift. For decades, the 65-year-old Escovedo, Texas’ Lou Reed, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen, has been as much a part of the state’s capital as Barton Springs, the Legislature and “Keep Austin Weird” stickers. And now he lives among us?
And, sure enough, shortly after that tweet, friends quickly began reporting sightings — at Cox Farms Market, CiboDivino and other Sylvan Thirty markets, Tacos Mariachi on nearby Singleton Boulevard, Spinster Records on West Davis Street. He was out, a sure sign he’d settled in.