For the first time in his 30-year career, Texan Alejandro Escovedo has charted on Billboard’s Top 200 coming in at #122 with his ninth...

For the first time in his 30-year career, Texan Alejandro Escovedo has charted on Billboard’s Top 200 coming in at #122 with his ninth solo album “Real Animal.” Released on June 24, it also enters Billboard’s Heatseeker/New Artist Chart at #3 with 6,178 in first week sales.

Escovedo has dates booked through September 26 in Austin, TX with more shows expected to be announced. Currently on the road in support of “Real Animal,” Escovedo recently opened for the Dave Matthews Band and had the opportunity to perform the album’s first single, “Always a Friend,” with Bruce Springsteen in front of a sold-out crowd in Houston, TX.

The noted and accomplished artist was named No Depression’s Artist of The Decade in 1998 and has enjoyed a loyal fan base that includes such luminaries as author Stephen King and filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who provided the album’s evocative liner notes.

Escovedo comes from a musical family: his brothers Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo are noted percussionists, who both played with Santana, while percussionist Shelia E. (of Prince fame) is his niece.

“Real Animal” unravels Escovedo’s musical autobiography while presenting him as a masterful American musician, whose palette encompasses eloquent string quintets and shattering blasts of punk rock. It was produced by legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy).

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Alejandro Escovedo itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

July 3Milwaukee, WISummerfest (Harley Davidson Roadhouse)
July 4Chicago, ILTaste of Chicago @ Grant Park
July 9New York, NYHighline Ballroom
July 10Boston, MAParadise Rock Club
July 11Philadelphia, PAXPoNential Festival
July 12Washington, DC9:30 Club
July 15Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
July 16Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
July 18New Orleans, LATipitina’s
July 19New Braunfels, TXGruene Hall
July 30San Diego, CATBD
July 31Los Angeles, CAThe Troubadour
August 2Madison, WIMadison Roots Fest @ Alliant Energy Center
August 9New York, NYSummerstage
August 10Salt Lake City, UTRed Butte Garden
August 23Fort Worth, TXBass Performance Hall
September 26Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival

Last Updated on July 4, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen