Despite tenures in storied bands such as the Nuns, Rank & File and the True Believers, and 16 years of lauded solo recordings, Alejandro Escovedo remains one of the best artists you’ve never heard of. That’s why the Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter sees being hand-picked for a six-date run opening for the Dave Matthews Band as a winning situation.
“His audience is a very open audience for music,” says Escovedo. “They’re music lovers. I think we’ll be in good company, so I’m looking forward to that.”
If some of the DMB’s fans get turned onto Escovedo, his new album “Real Animal” — which comes out June 24 — will catch them up on the rest of his story. The hard-rocking 13-track set, co-written with Chuck Prophet and produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Morrissey), is a musical travelogue, with songs that trace Escovedo’s life from his birth in Texas to his musical development in California and his previous bands. There’s also a song that recalls his time living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel at the same time as the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
“It never really hit me until now, since I’m talking about this, that, wow, this has been a strange and crazy trip,” Escovedo, who’s spent much of this decade recovering from a bout with Hepatitis C, notes with a laugh. “There’s some serious stuff, but I think it’s a very up album. I was in this constant state of turmoil for awhile, and I don’t feel those things anymore. I finally got to make a rock album.”
Alejandro Escovedo opens for the Dave Matthews Band at 7 p.m. Monday (June 9) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $75 pavilion, $40 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com
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