Alejandro Escovedo has had a long and storied life in music, from his start with early San Francisco punk band The Nuns in the mid-70s, to his 23-year and counting solo career as a roots rocker. Backed by his current band The Sensitive Boys (in this incarnation, Billy Masters on guitar, Bobby Daniel on bass, and newcomer Shawn Peters on drums), Escovedo came to DC to rock The Hamilton and share some of his history.
When a musician has been recording for 35 years and released 11 studio albums, it’s hard to come to a consensus on his best record, or even his most creative period. Such is the case with Texas singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. Some will say the quiet masterpiece of his 1998 live album More Miles Than Money represents his best work. Others cite 2001’s A Man Under the Influence as an example of his abilities as a musical chameleon. And still others argue that his near-death scare with hepatitis-C in 2005 (he has since fully recovered) has resulted in his most consistent creative period. What is clear is that the 61 year-old Escovedo can still make fantastic music, and his 12th album, Big Station, is no exception.