Alejandro Escovedo a must-see artist

from the Albany Times Union on

In the early 1990s, I lived for a brief while in Austin, Texas. South by Southwest was still a party then, not a juggernaut. Austin City Limits was a TV show, not an industry. And my fellow Waterloo Records employee Alejandro Escovedo was just -- at the urging of guitarist-producer Stephen Bruton -- beginning his solo career.

Being in the right place at the right time meant I was able to see Escovedo work his unique magic in a wide-array of formats -- solo at the Cactus Cafe, unleashing the mighty 13-piece Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra at La Zona Rosa and rocking loud and sloppily on his 40th birthday with his fierce, ragged garage band, Buick McKane, at the appropriately named Hole in The Wall.

Twenty years later, Escovedo is nearly a legend, with a catalog of classic albums like "Gravity," "A Man Under The Influence" and "With These Hands" that fearlessly blend Bela Bartok and Iggy Pop; Townes Van Zandt and The Velvet Underground.

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