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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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The Crossing CD review - The Crossing
Alejandro Escovedo's "The Crossing" is an extensive concept album. Social commentary and nostalgia are in evidence as Escovedo examines the immigrant experience delivered in a diverse mix of country, folk, blues and jazz over the course of an hour with a nod to the artist's roots in punk rock. Amongst the more tasteful tracks is a cover of Joe Ely's "Silver City" on which the songwriter joins Escovedo on harmony vocals. The recurring theme of immigration is »»»
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 »»»
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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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