Ken Leighton 5:01 p.m., Nov. 24
RIYL: The Nuns, the Dragons, the Sensitive Boys
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Writing Songs" · Nov. 4, 2013
- "Family Tree" · Aug. 7, 2013
Alejandro Escovedo comes from a local musical family dynasty, which includes brothers Coke and Pete (Santana), and Sheila E, who is his niece, and his brothers Mario (the Dragons) and Javier (the Zeros). His own career first arrived on pop culture's radar while playing with the the Nuns, a punk band he started in San Francisco with Jennifer Miro and Jeff Olener. That gig landed him on the front porch of Manhattan’s Chelsea, called the world’s most rock-and-roll hotel.
Escovedo lived there for a year, made friends, and wrote songs about them. “Nancy [Spungen] called us to her room,” he sings in “Chelsea Hotel ’78,” “said come help us with Sid [Vicious].” In 1998, No Depression magazine named Escovedo their Artist of the Decade.
Escovedo moved to Austin years ago and, once in Texas, he started the band Rank and File and took off in a roots-rock/alt-country direction. That band eventually changed its name to the Sensitive Boys.
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