Concord Music Group News
NEWS 07 Apr 2010
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO DELIVERS ‘STREET SONGS OF LOVE’ JUNE 29TH ON FANTASY RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP. Texas Troubadour’s New Album Produced By Tony Visconti And Features Guests Bruce Springsteen And Ian Hunter.
"It ended up being an album about love, the pursuit of a feeling that is forever elusive, mysterious, and addictive," said Alejandro Escovedo of his epic new album Street Songs of Love. Long one of America's most admired poet-rockers, Escovedo's sometimes tortured path to ‘Street Songs,' a record that decisively fulfills all expectations, has been full of twists, turns, hard landings and well earned hard truths.
For Streets Songs of Love, Escovedo once again collaborated with producer Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, U2, Morrissey) and chief songwriting partner Chuck Prophet. The album's 13 tracks seemingly distill every broken heart and pierced dream into a determined, soulful, glorious celebration of survival, liberation and ultimate salvation.
A father aches for his son's struggle to find life's meaning in "Down In The Bowery," perhaps the album's beating heart on which Ian Hunter contributes full-throated vocals. Bruce Springsteen and Alejandro trade lines around a nasty guitar riff on "Faith," a tightly woven rocker that bores in and never lets go. The lead track "Anchor" explodes out of the speakers, a statement of purpose about that treacherous thing called ‘love,' which recalls the best of The Band, Tom Petty and Rolling Stones. "A band record," as Escovedo puts it, Street Songs of Love is performed by Alejandro Escovedo and The Sensitive Boys: David Pulkingham on guitars, keyboards, vocals; Bobby Daniel on bass and vocals; and Hector Munoz, drums and vocals. Karla Manzu and Nakia Reynoso contribute essential background vocals throughout the album.
Alejandro Escovedo, currently on an acoustic tour, will tour extensively with The Sensitive Boys this summer and fall.
04/08/10 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
04/09/10 Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
04/11/10 Freehold, NJ Concerts In The Studio
04/16/10 Driftwood, TX Old Settlers Music Festival
Street Songs of Love - Track listing:
1. Anchor (3:30) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
2. Silver Cloud (3:03) (Alejandro Escovedo)
3. This Bed Is Getting Crowded (3:16) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
4. Street Songs (2:46) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
5. Down In The Bowery (4:17) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
6. Tender Heart (2:26) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
7. After The Meteor Showers (4:38) (Alejandro Escovedo)
8. Tula (3:48) (Alejandro Escovedo- Nick Tremulis)
9. Undesired (4:26) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
10. Fall Apart With You (4:19) (Alejandro Escovedo)
11. Shelling Rain (3:20) (Alejandro Escovedo-Kim Christoff)
12. Faith (3:23) (Alejandro Escovedo-Chuck Prophet)
13. Fort Worth Blue (2:51) (Alejandro Escovedo, David Pulkingham)
From his days in the now legendary punk/alt-country outfits The Nuns, Rank and File (with Chip and Tony Kinman) and his own True Believers, to his glowingly received solo gems Gravity in '92, Thirteen Years in '94, A Man Under the Influence in 2001, Burbonitis Blues in '99, Boxing Mirror in 2006 and his last record, 2008's Real Animal, Escovedo built a rapturous underground following among fans, songwriting peers and critics alike.