"One would be hard-pressed to name many figures in the roots rock-Americana world who are more loved than Alejandro Escovedo." -- Dave Gil Del Rubio Shepherd Express
"With Alejandro you always get what you paid for and some nights...you get more. Much more." -- No Depression
Alejandro Escovedo returns to Jaqua Concert Hall with his Burn Something Beautiful Band featuring Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch and Linda Pitmon. Released in October 2016 on Fantasy Records, Burn Something Beautiful is Escovedo's first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station and is a collaboration with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) who produced the project and, co-wrote the songs with Escovedo.
At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful, which was recorded early last year at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core.
In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.
“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”