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).
Alejandro Escovedo itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)
|July 3||Milwaukee, WI||Summerfest (Harley Davidson Roadhouse)|
|July 4||Chicago, IL||Taste of Chicago @ Grant Park|
|July 9||New York, NY||Highline Ballroom|
|July 10||Boston, MA||Paradise Rock Club|
|July 11||Philadelphia, PA||XPoNential Festival|
|July 12||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|July 15||Asheville, NC||The Orange Peel|
|July 16||Atlanta, GA||Variety Playhouse|
|July 18||New Orleans, LA||Tipitina’s|
|July 19||New Braunfels, TX||Gruene Hall|
|July 30||San Diego, CA||TBD|
|July 31||Los Angeles, CA||The Troubadour|
|August 2||Madison, WI||Madison Roots Fest @ Alliant Energy Center|
|August 9||New York, NY||Summerstage|
|August 10||Salt Lake City, UT||Red Butte Garden|
|August 23||Fort Worth, TX||Bass Performance Hall|
|September 26||Austin, TX||Austin City Limits Festival|
Last Updated on July 4, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen