Alejandro Escovedo & The Burn Something Beautiful Band with The Minus 5

Alejandro Escovedo

Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers.

Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. Recorded in April at Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

The Minus 5

The Minus 5 is a rock/folk/pop collective captained by Scott McCaughy (see: "Scott McCaughey" c/o "The Internet" for further reliable information), with Peter Buck often aboard as communications office. By design from it's inception, the line-up for recordings and live appearances is completely fluid, depending on musician availability, whim and wind direction. Collaborators regularly feature friends from Wilco, Decemberists, Posies, and literally hundred and hundreds of other recalcitrant comrade combos. Everyone gives their all, and no one can be counted on. On Record Store Day, April 18, 2015, the Minus 5 released its ninth official long-player, the all-new five-LP, 57-song, 211-minute set Scott the Hoople In the Dungeon of Horror, on long-time home Yep Roc Records. The sprawling but consise work benefits from the participation of both the usual and new suspects, like John Moen, Jeff Tweedy, Bill Rieflin, Linda Pitmon, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, the late Ian McLagan, Laura Gibson, Joe Adragna, Ezra Holbrook, Wesley Stace, Casey Neill and more. Currently in a limited vinyl run (including 100 colored) in a deluxe book-style bound album, Scott the Hoople's future remains uncertain. As does YOURS.

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