Trending
MOST READ
Coming Out in College, A Survival Guide

Coming Out in College, A Survival Guide

News: Ah, college! Whether you’re new to a local campus this semester or you’ve been before, there’s something about the teeming... By Richard Farias 9/3/2014
What Do You Get A 1-Year-Old NDO? Enforcement

What Do You Get A 1-Year-Old NDO? Enforcement

News: This week marks a year since the San Antonio City Council amended its 20-year-old non-discrimination ordinance to include gender identity, gender orientation... By Mark Reagan 9/3/2014
4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

4 Downtown Dive Bars to Embarrass Yourself In

City Guide 2014: In the last few years, San Antonio has made great strides when it comes to its mixology doings. Many good (and some great!) cocktail bars have been springing... By Tim Hennessey 2/24/2014
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Music

Alejandro Escovedo presents 'Big Station', his superb new album

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Station agent: Alejandro Escovedo


San Antonio-born Alejandro Escovedo got a new lease on life when he overcame a severe case of hepatitis C that sidelined him from music, left him too weak to walk for a while, and had doctors believing he wouldn't survive the disease. Since recovering, Escovedo has made what arguably are the four best CDs of his 20-year solo career, including his new release, Big Station, which was released in June and will be presented September 24 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre opening for John Prine.

"I did not want to repeat Street Songs Of Love," said Escovedo in a recent phone interview, referring to his 2010 album. "With Big Station, Chuck Prophet and I wrote [an album] that [is] a little more rhythmic, a little more song-oriented than the last albums and maybe with a little more atmosphere and space in the material."

Besides Prophet, Big Station reunited him with producer Tony Visconti (known for his work with David Bowie), who had worked with him in 2008's Real Animal and Street Songs of Love. His guitarist of 11 years, David Pulkingham, left to start a solo career and was replaced by Billy White, while his drummer of 26 years, Héctor Muñoz, was replaced with Chris Searles (who has recorded with Escovedo in the past). Even with its space and texture, Big Station turned into a different kind of album than Escovedo initially envisioned.

"If you heard the demos that [Prophet] and I did together, it's a completely different album," Escovedo said. "I really wanted like a more raw, kind of sparse feel to the record, and it turned out to be, in a way, one of the most produced albums I've made. But I think that's where [Visconti] comes in. Once he starts working his magic, it always leads it to a really beautiful place."

What Escovedo and Visconti avoided, though, was adding the kind of extensive orchestral parts that had been woven into songs on A Man Under The Influence (2001) and The Boxing Mirror (2006). This will enable Escovedo and his band (White, Searles, and bassist Bobby Daniel) to re-create the Big Station songs live.

"That's really important for me now," Escovedo said. "When I made my first solo record with [producer] Stephen Bruton [1992's Gravity], there was one thing he always really impressed upon me — that you've got to make records that you can play live. And a band like mine, we're all about being on the road. So we're a live band … and it's a great band." 

John Prine feat. Alejandro Escovedo

$49.50-$59.50 (plus charges)
8pm Mon, Sep 24
Lila Cockrell Theatre
200 E Market
(800) 745-3000
ticketmaster.com

Recently in Music
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus