Alejandro Escovedo
POR VIDA: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo

POR VIDA: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo (Cooking Vinyl)

Released 23rd August 2004

Alejandro Escovedo is one of the most critically acclaimed artists in contemporary music, hailed by Rolling Stone critic David Fricke for creating "his own genre" and named Artist of the Decade for the 1990s by No Depression magazine. Widely admired for the stylistic breadth and innovation of his compositions and his facility for translating his personal experiences and observations into universal truths, he fell ill from the effects of Hepatitis C in April 2003.

The music community responded to his health crisis and its financial repercussions with a stunning outpouring of generosity and concern that culminates in Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo. On the two disc set, 32 acts from across the musical spectrum - including Escovedo's friends, family, peers, influences and admirers - offer their inspired interpretations of his material, packaged with liner notes by famed critic Dave Marsh. A portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit the Alejandro Escovedo Medical & Living Expense Fund as well as to spearhead an ongoing assistance effort for musicians afflicted with Hepatitis C.

Alejandro Escovedo was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of an immigrant father from Saltillo, Mexico, who sired 12 children. Pedro Escovedo - whose life seeded By the Hand of the Father and is among the stories the work tells - sang in mariachi bands, boxed, and hustled pool for extra cash, and labored everywhere from the fields as a youngster to a shipyard later in life. Three of his sons became noted musicians: Alejandro and his percussionist brothers Coke and Pete, whose many credits include the seminal Latin rock acts Santana and Malo. Alejandro’s acclaimed solo career follows his time in a series of influential bands: The Nuns, Rank and File and The True Believers. Since emerging on his own in the early 1990s, he has released eight albums marked by a stunning variety of music and eloquent lyrical expression, all of them praised by critics for their power, beauty, and sophistication.

The album also features a previously unreleased performance by Alejandro Escovedo. Tracklisting as follows:

Lucinda Williams – Pyramid of Tears Ian Hunter – One More Time
Lenny Kaye – Sacramento & Polk Jayhawks – Last To Know
Steve Earle – Paradise Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra – Velvet Guitar
Jon Langford & Sally Timms – Broken Bottle

Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo – The Ballad of theSun and The Moon

Calexico – Wave Chris Stamey – One True Love
Jennifer Warnes – Pissed Off 2AM Son Volt – Sometimes
John Cale – She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Rosie Flores – Inside This Dance
Los Lonely Boys – Castanets

Charlie Musselwhite & Charlie Sexton -Everybody Loves Me

Cowboy Junkies – Don’t Need You

M Ward with Vic Chesnutt & Howe Gelb – Way It Goes

Charlie Sexton – Dear head on The Wall Javier Escovedo – The Rain Won’t help
Jon Dee Graham – Helpless Caitlin Cary – By Eleven
Howe Gelb – She Towers Above Minus 5 – I Was Drunk
Ian McLagan and The Bump Band – Wedding Day The Dragons – Gravity
Tres Chicas – Rhapsody Ruben Ramos – Thirteen Years
Peter Case – The End Alejandro Escovedo – Break This Time
Bob Neuwrith – Rosalie  
Section String Quartet – Crooked Frame  


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