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Alejandro Escovedo
plus Don Antonio

Thursday 1st November 2018

The Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Doors 7.30 pm
Tickets £17 in advance, £20 on the night
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Empty Room Promotions 2018 ©
In association with Décor Records
Due to sound check restriction the door time indicates the earliest opportunity we can give access to the venue. Live music will start 20-30 minutes after the door open time.
You can’ find many people with as rich a musical history and future as Alejandro Escovedo. A man who has 14 solo albums behind him as well as many others with his previous bands dating back to the early 1980s.

Escovedo began performing in the first-wave punk rock group The Nuns, with Jennifer Miro, and Jeff Olener, in San Francisco, California and supported the Sex Pistols on their last ever show in 1978 at the Winterland. In the 1980s Escovedo moved to Austin, Texas, where he adopted a roots rock/alternative country style in the bands Rank and File (with Chip and Tony Kinman) and the True Believers (with his brother Javier, Jon Dee Graham and bass player Denny DeGorio). His first solo albums, ‘Gravity’, and ‘Thirteen Years, were released in 1992 and 1994. In 1998 No Depression magazine named him “rtist of the Decade”

In 2003, after having lived with hepatitis-C for many years, Escovedo collapsed onstage in Arizona as a result of the disease. In his long road to recovery, he faced increasing medical bills. Without medical insurance, Escovedo could not pay his substantial medical bills. Friends and admirers around the country organized benefit shows to help the songwriter. This effort grew into the album ‘Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo’, a two-disc set whose proceeds benefit the Alejandro Escovedo Medical and Living Expense Fund. Contributing musicians included Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Jennifer Warnes, Ian Hunter, The Jayhawks, Bob Neuwirth, Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt. Alejandro is now totally free of hep –C after new treatments.
Escovedo released, ‘Real Animal’, produced by Tony Visconti, in 2008. All of the songs were co-written with Chuck Prophet . At this time he was also managed by Jon Landau and made appearances with Bruce Springsteen whom dueted and covered one of the songs from the album with him at shows.
In 2010, Escovedo released ‘treet Songs of Love’ also produced by Visconti but released on a new label, featuring songs that were originally presented during "Sessions On South Congress" at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas with his band, The Sensitive Boys. A New York Times "critic's choice" review of ‘Street Songs of Love’ claimed that, "In another, less fragmented pop era, this would be the album of thoughtful but radio-ready love songs to finally get Mr. Escovedo the big national audience he deserves."  

2016 saw the release of his last record, ‘urn Something Beautiful’ which featured Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM, Alejandro toured Europe for the first time in five years and has just finished mixing and mastering his new album which is due out later this September on Yeproc records.