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Alejandro Escovedo Season 36 by Chuck Sperry

Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful in 2016. At once contemplation on mortality and a celebration of the rock ‘n’ roll life and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. “It’s that yin-yang mixture of joy and fear – a new love, but the taste of death forever on his tongue – that inspired his first album in four years” (Rolling Stone). Experience the unique and eclectic sound of Escovedo’s new album as he makes his return to Austin City Limits.

Recorded in April, his twelfth solo album features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and the Minus 5/Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey as co-writers and producers. The project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (the Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (the Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, the Flat Five) and saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

Though it doesn’t dictate the entirety of his sound, Escovedo’s Mexican heritage is still a vital part of his identity, and he dedicated Burn Something Beautiful to his parents, and to “immigrants who have made this country so great” (Rolling Stone).

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Escovedo said. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

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