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Alejandro Escovedo

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Alejandro Escovedo’s family tree includes former Santana percussionist Pete Escovedo and Pete’s daughter, Sheila E (also Prince’s former drummer and later a pop star). He began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-’70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas, in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier. The band recorded two albums for EMI and toured the country, often as an opening act for Los Lobos. However, EMI opted not to release the second album, which eventually led to the group’s break-up. (It eventually surfaced as a bonus item when Rykodisc reissued the first set on CD in 1994.) Escovedo released a solo album in 1992 on Watermelon Records, Gravity, uniting his wide variety of styles; the album was produced by Stephen Bruton of Bonnie Raitt’s band. Escovedo also began gigging periodically with the band Buick MacKane, who fused old-school punk with 70’s glam rock; after Rykodisc released Escovedo... (+) expand
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liam7777 (level 31) wrote:
Great songwriter, great musician, and a wonderful entertainer with a three piece band or a full blown band with horns and strings. I have been a long time fan and I am thrilled to see him here at T-61.
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