Even though my son Strummer is only six months old, he's already being indoctrinated into the world of mama's musical tastes. Certain artists get played so often in our home and held in such reverence that even though they'll never join us for Christmas dinner, we often refer to them as family. Alejandro Escovedo (or Uncle Al) falls into this category. After living (and more notably surviving) what for most would be three rock n roll lifetimes of relentless touring, Escovedo has become the quintessential "working musician". I've seen him play at least 20 times and am always taken aback by his ability to unflinching embraces humanity in all it frailty, while celebrating it's triumphs with near spiritual reverence. This, coupled with a poetic prowess that rivals Uncle Lou, the soulful storytelling of Uncle Willie and the unpredictability of Uncle Iggy, make every performance an event not to be missed.
Listen to a sample of Alejandro Escovedo's "Break This Time."
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Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2007