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Texan troubadour Alejandro Escovedo is the outlaw kind, operating on the edges of rock and roots music, and answering to no one musical master. He's got a rock 'n' roll soul that goes back to his days with the Nuns, one of California's first punk bands, but his twangy side showed itself with alt-country pioneers Rank And File.
Decades of dangerous cool and stacks of soul-wracking songs have earned Alejandro Escovedo some heavy friends. When Bruce Springsteen hit Houston on his '08 Magic tour, he brought Escovedo onstage to help him belt out the Texas songsmith's openhearted "Always a Friend." When Ryan Adams was still leading Whiskeytown, he enlisted his hero Escovedo to add his own whiskey-weathered tones to the hell-bent-for-hopelessness "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight."
Alejandro Escovedo's got a roots-rock rep your average Americana Joe would trade his battered Telecaster for. But he's also the guy who opened up for the Sex Pistols in his punk days, got downright arty with John Cale producing, and spat out savage, roughneck rock both on his own and with bands like the True Believers and Buick MacKane. Every side of Escovedo comes into razor-sharp focus when he performs: the country-lovin' cow-punk, the inward-looking song-poet, the leather-lunged rock 'n' roll animal — and they will all come alive on StageOne this April.