Review and Photography by Jim Chapin
Austin’s beloved Alejandro Escovedo assembled an amazing group of musicians and special guests join him as he kicked off the new year with his annual birthday show, and to start his new U.S. tour. He was backed by his most recent collaborator and co-songwriter Antonio Gramentieri and his band, Don Antonio. The Italian band has backed numerous American acts in Europe, but this was his first ever tour of the US.
Escovedo opened the show by playing his latest album, The Crossing, in its entirety and in order. The Crossing tells the tale of two boys, one from Mexico, and one from Italy, who meet in Texas to chase their American rock and roll dreams. They discover a not-so-welcoming, very different place from the Promised Land they imagined. He was joined at various times by Wayne Kramer of the MC5, James Williamson of The Stooges, Joe Ely, John Perry of The Only Ones, and Johnny Moeller who all sat in to reprise the parts they played on the record.