First time Alejandro’s Rykodisc debut is available on vinyl.
Alejandro is a Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter and singer that has been recording and touring since the late 1970s. The son of Mexican immigrants to Texas, Escovedo is from a musical family that includes several professionals, including his brothers Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E. (Pete’s daughter and Alejandro’s niece). Alejandro’s brother Mario fronted the hard rock band the Dragons, and another brother, Javier, was in the punk rock band, the Zeros. Alejandro began performing in the first-wave punk rock group the Nuns, with Jennifer Miro and Jeff Olener in San Francisco. In the 1980s Escovedo moved to Austin, where he adopted a roots rock/alternative country style in the bands Rank and File and the True Believers (with his brother Javier). His first solo albums, Gravity and Thirteen Years, were released in 1992 and 1994.
In 1997, Alejandro collaborated with Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown in sessions for their album Strangers Almanac. He sings on Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight, Dancing with The Women at the Bar, and Not Home Anymore. In 1995 he signed with Rykodisc and released his solo album, With These Hands. With a bit more money at his disposal, the production on this record displays greater depth and polish and he was able to bring along a few celebrity side guests —Willie Nelson, Jennifer Warnes, and his cousin Sheila E.— who add to the music without calling undue attention to themselves.