By Troy Michael /Innocent Words Magazine/December 2, 2016
Since he first picked up the guitar and formed a band, singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has been a leader. In the early days, it was with the innovative San Francisco punk band The Nuns, then he moved to the Lone Star State where he was a trailblazer as a part of the acclaimed alt-country rock icons Rank & File, then later came Texas darlings True Believers.
In 1992, Escovedo went solo with his celebrated debut album ‘Gravity.’ Six years after his solo debut, Escovedo went on to be named Artist of the Decade in 1998 by No Depression magazine and earned the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006.
“I respect the awards and am happy to have them, to be recognized, but it’s not why I create music. I’d keep doing what I am doing, awards or no awards,” Escovedo said from Madison, WI, awaiting his show at the High Noon Saloon.
It’s been four years since the award-winning musician has released a studio album of new material, but the wait is finally over. Escovedo makes a triumphant return, releasing the inspired 13-track album ‘Burn Something Beautiful’ (Fantasy Records).
“That came from…there’s a song on the vinyl copy which has a bonus tune called “End Times Are Coming” and it has a line burn something beautiful and I thought it was an amazing line so I took it for the album title. But the album can mean so many things. To me, it means lives get burnt out, extinguished. A lot of this album is about friends who moved on and it can be a torch. A torch we carry on in their name. I’ve also been thinking about the environment a lot and how we, as humans, have been mistreating that. So, you can take away what you want from the title.”
‘Burn Something Beautiful’ isn’t just any ordinary addition to Escovedo’s already remarkable back catalog. The endeavor is a collaborative effort between Escovedo, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5), who not only co-wrote the album with Escovedo but played on ‘Burn Something Beautiful’ and produced the album.