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ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO TO RELEASE : BURN SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL 01.20.2017 VIA FANTASY RECORDS.
Acclaimed Texas Troubadour Teams with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey On His First New Solo Album in Four Years
Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo is set to deliver Burn Something Beautiful on January 20th, 2017 via Fantasy Records/Proper supported by a full UK tour. The new album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers.
Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).
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 Depressionmagazine’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.”
Co-producer Peter Buck says, “I’ve been a fan of Alejandro’s music for over 30 years, and recording with him was as good as I expected it to be. I think he, Scott McCaughey and I really extended our vocabulary as writers and musicians, coming up with something that is unlike anything we have done individually in the past.”
“I felt a real kinship with Alejandro since we first met in 1986,” Scott McCaughey says. “We bonded over our mutual love of the rock & roll circus. Making this record really meant a lot to me, and I think people will get that when they hear it.”
Burn Something Beautiful is Alejandro Escovedo at his very best. His many gifts are revealed across a lifetime spent in dedication to and faith in the hard work of life and music…and its possibilities. Refusing to go unnoticed.
2. Heartbeat Smile
3. Sunday Morning Feeling
4. Suit Of Lights
5. Redemption Blues
6. Shave The Cat
7. Johnny Volume
8. Beauty Of Your Smile
9. I Don't Want To Play Guitar Anymore
10. Beauty And The Buzz
11. Luna De Miel
12. Farewell To The Good Times
13. Thought I'd Let You Know
UK Tour Dates
April 2 – Bristol – The Tunnels
April 3 – Oxford – The Bullingdon
April 5 – London – Bush Hall
April 6 - Nottingham – The Maze
April 7 – Glasgow - Stereo
April 8 – Newcastle – Cluny
April 9 – Manchester – Deaf Institute