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Bourbonitis Blues appeared in 1999 as a stopgap collection between 1996’s With These Hands and 2001’s A Man Under the Influence. Despite being a collection of outtakes and live tracks, it offers a revealing look into Alejandro Escovedo’s influences, tracing a personal musical history that touches on glam, punk, and country. “Irene Wilde” and “Amsterdam” are two well-chosen and carefully-crafted songs by Ian Hunter and John Cale, respectively. Each addresses a woman who changes the life of the narrator, and Escovedo renders both with the rich and mournful backing of his well-loved string quartet. “California Blues” features The Mekons’ John Langford in a send-up of the Jimmie Rodgers standard, while the Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” is treated as a lonely country lament, with contributions from Escovedo’s Bloodshot labelmate Kelly Hogan and a single forlorn violin. For everything the cover versions tell us about Escovedo, his rock’n’roll originals steal the show. “Everybody Loves Me” is a sweaty swamp blues, while “Guilty” is a glorious serving of Stones-ish highway rock.

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Must Have for Alejandro Fans

If you know Alejandro, you know that you must have everything he has ever done. Brilliant, soulful, and as always, even the covers sound completely original, haunting, and beautiful.


Born: 1951 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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