Alejandro Escovedo Returns to Susanna's Kitchen on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Alejandro Escovedo needs no introduction to his myriad fans. His new album, Street Songs of Love, is due June 29  on Concord Records.

"A band record," as Escovedo puts it, this album is made up of tightly focused rock and roll and lush ballads. He says, "It ended up being an album about love the pursuit of a feeling that is forever elusive, mysterious, and addictive."

Street Songs of Love follows 2008s "Real Animal, Escovedo's highest charting album to date.

Real Animal is a collective journey through Escovedo's various musical incarnations from punk rock to string quintets and is as introspective as it is retrospective. Recalling the people, places and influences that helped shape his career, Real Animal represents the primitive aspect of Escovedo's music - the instinct, the urgency and a survivor mentality that fuels his musical passion.

After years of involvement with acclaimed bands, Escovedo embarked on a solo career with his debut album, Gravity, in 1992. Subsequent solo albums have included Thirteen Years (1993), With These Hands (1996), More Miles than Money: Live 1994-1996 (1998), Bourbonitis Blues (1999), and A Man Under the Influence (2001).

In the late 1990s, Escovedo began developing a dramatic work, based on his songs about his father, with the Los Angeles theater company About Productions. The resulting composition, By the Hand of the Father, premiered to critical acclaim in 2000 with Escovedo performing his songs as part of the production. His last album, The Boxing Mirror, released in 2006 was produced by John Cale and traces Escovedo's journey from the brink of death at the hands of Hepatitis C to renewed wellness and artistic creativity.

Escovedo's music has been widely lauded by the media, appearing in several high-profile publications including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, USA Today, PASTE, HARP and Entertainment Weekly. He was invited onstage by Bruce Springsteen to join The Boss and The E Street Band, playing Escovedo's "Always A Friend" before a packed Toyota Center in Houston on April 14, 2008. He has also appeared on Conan O'Brian, The Today Show, The Tonight Show and performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver to a wildly enthusiastic audience. In March of 2009, during the SXSW music festival in Austin, Alejandro was named Musician of the Year.

Come enjoy the music of this very talented musician at Susanna's Kitchen!

Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church, usually on the third Thursday of the month (although this concert is on the fourth Thursday) in the WUMC fellowship hall and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for adults; $5 for children, childcare is available from 7 to 9 PM. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always on site! Doors open at 7 PM, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.



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