Gret Kot/Chicago Tribune, Pilotonline/January 13, 2017
Alejandro Escovedo had hit something close to rock bottom. He was struggling with hepatitis C and had barely survived a life-threatening hurricane on his honeymoon in Mexico, only to spend the next year working out from under the trauma.
As Escovedo emerged from that toxic environment, a song titled “I Don’t Want to Play Guitar Anymore” made perfect sense. The idea seemed unimaginable for a guy who has defined his life by playing one. But for a while, it was very real.
The song, written in collaboration with former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, anchors Escovedo’s latest album, “Burn Something Beautiful” (Fantasy), co-produced by Buck and mutual friend Scott McCaughey, longtime R.E.M. sideman and leader of the Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows. (On the current tour that stops in Virginia Beach on Tuesday, his band includes them, along with Kurt Block of Young Fresh Fellows and John Moen of the Decemberists.)