Alejandro Escovedo with Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, John Moen and special Guest: The Minus 5 at City Winery Chicago
Alejandro Escovedo (born January 10, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas) is a Mexican American rock musician, songwriter, and singer. His primary instrument is guitar. He has played in a wide variety of rock genres, including punk rock, roots rock and alternative country. He is most closely associated with the Austin, Texas music scene. Coming from a well-known family of musicians, he has been recording and touring since the early 1990s.The son of Mexican immigrants to Texas, Escovedo is from a family that includes several professional musicians, including brothers (and percussionists) Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E (Pete’s daughter and Alejandro’s niece). Another brother, Mario, fronted the hard rock band The Dragons, and yet another brother, Javier, was in the punk rock band The Zeros.Escovedo began performing in the first-wave punk rock group The Nuns, with Jennifer Miro, and Jeff Olener, in San Francisco, California. After Escovedo’s departure, The Nuns recorded an album on Posh Boy Records, but had little commercial success.In the 1980s Escovedo moved to Austin, Texas, where he adopted a roots rock/alternative country style in the bands Rank and File (with Chip and Tony Kinman) and the True Believers (with his brother Javier, Jon Dee Graham and bass player Denny DeGorio). His first solo albums, Gravity, and Thirteen Years, were released in 1992 and 1994.