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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo picks up where he left off with 2008's "Real Animal" on "Street Songs of Love." Escovedo intended to make a rock record similar to "Real Animal." He does maintain a rootsy feel and doesn't always rock either. Brucde Springsteen helps out with vocals on Faith.

Songwriter Jimmy Webb puts out "Just Across the River" (E1), which finds Webb giving his spin on his hits. Jackson Browne, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther and Lucinda Williams all help out.

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Street Songs of Love CD review - Street Songs of Love
When Alejandro Escovedo went into a Lexington, Ky. recording studio this winter, he did so with the intention of recording a straight forward rock and roll record in the same vein as his previous release, 2008's "Real Animal." Escovedo enlisted the help of his road band The Sensitive Boys and "Real Animal" producer Tony Visconti to help him achieve that sound. They delivered. With the opening quartet of songs, from the punchy pop of the album starting single Anchor to »»»
A Man Under The Influence: Deluxe Bourbonitis Edition CD review - A Man Under The Influence: Deluxe Bourbonitis Edition
Alejandro Escovedo may fly under the radar, but that doesn't mean he and his record label can't employ the marketing techniques of bigger entities. This new edition of his seminal "A Man Under The Influence" includes loads of sonic flotsam and jetsam that he has released through Bloodshot over the years, including a wonderful reading of Mick Jagger's Evening Gown, a study of a player who is fast learning he's becoming played out after so much wine, whiskey, women and »»»
Real Animal CD review - Real Animal
Hyperboles such as "stupendous" and "phenomenal" do not do this album justice. Alejandro Escovedo takes listeners on a tour of virtually every musical type and styling. There's rock, pop, cowpunk, straight punk, Tex-Mex, alt.-country, jazz and combinations thereof. It's enough to satisfy the most iconoclastic of musical palates. Making it more ingratiating is the brilliant songwriting tandem of Escovedo and the gifted Chuck Prophet. Their lyrics are infused with »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Strumbellas master its formula – The Strumbellas' formula is a simple one - write an anthemic sounding sing-a-long with a catchy chorus, which you can repeat ad nauseum to greater and greater effect. That may sound like a quick and easy checklist, but the Canadian (well except for one lone American) band has mastered the formula quite well. In a sold-out concert, it translated... »»»
Concert Review: Josh Abbott Band supplies antidote – Shortly after the Josh Abbott Band finished its open song, "The Night is Ours," band leader Abbott proclaimed, "That's our theme song this year." Presumably Abbott was referring to the playing music and having a good time because if he was referring to the lines "Life is good, love is great/Friends are there, and the... »»»
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