Burn Something Beautiful, the Texas native wrote songs with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and The Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey, who also co-produced the record. The arrangements were fleshed out further with such simpatico guest musicians as The Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and The Jody Grind’s Kelly Hogan.
Alejandro Escovedo is an unusual songwriter who started as a punk rocker with San Francisco extremists The Nuns in the late 1970s but crossed over into the more mainstream genres of Americana and alt-country with early-’80s groups Rank and File and The True Believers. He found even more success as a solo act, combining his early punk cynicism with a more heartfelt and expansive brand of rock & roll. On Escovedo’s upcoming album,