Nov 30, 2016
When I interviewed <a
target="_blank">Alejandro Escovedo</a> for this episode,
we were sitting in the green room upstairs at the Brighton Music
Hall in Boston. He’d just spent ten hours on the road from Toronto
on the day after Thanksgiving to get there. You can hear the band
soundchecking in the background. There is no better setting to talk
to a man who has spent nearly forty years traveling the world,
playing guitar and singing for audiences of all shapes and size. He
was gracious and thoughtful, as his songwriting implies he would
be, talking about the stories behind the songs on his latest album,
<em>Burn Something Beautiful</em>.
For those unfamiliar with his work, he’s a bit of a rock and roll chimera. Depending on which song you pick from his extensive catalogue, he could be an Americana troubadour or a glam rocker, a Texas singer/songwriter or a punk. He tells stories, and sometimes that’s done with pounding drums and guitars feeding back.
Escovedo says at one point that music saved his life. It’s a life-sustaining enterprise, and it has brought him through personal tragedy and illness, including his battle with Hepatitis C, which he is close to winning for good. We touched on that briefly, but he referenced a story from <a href="http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/austin-legend-alejandro-escovedo-finds-new-home-in-dallas-after-near-death-experience-8798255" target="_blank">the <em>Dallas Observer</em> that expands on that</a>. It was wonderful to dig into the music, the different bands he’s toured with, and what all of this means to him.