Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Alejandro Escovedo signs with Yep Roc, new studio album due in 2018

Yep Roc Records recently announced the signing of acclaimed Texas singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo whose most recent album, 2016's Burn Something Beautiful, was issued by Concord Music Group's Fantasy imprint. Currently working on material for his Yep Roc debut anticipated for 2018, Escovedo will headline the Think About the Link 12-city tour beginning January 13, in Austin, TX. A full list of concert dates follows the video clips below.

In partnership with Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Think About the Link tour will raise awareness of the Foundation’s educational campaign about the connection between certain viruses and cancer, of which Escovedo is a spokesperson. As a hepatitis C survivor, Escovedo hopes to raise awareness about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer. Each night he will perform his A Man Under the Influence album in its entirety with most of the original musicians featured on the album and a string section.

“I had a great time performing at Yep Roc Records 20th anniversary show,” says Escovedo, “connecting with friends old and new, I look forward to joining Yep Roc’s esteemed roster.”

“We are massive fans of Alejandro,” says Yep Roc’s Glenn Dicker. “I first met with him about Yep Roc in 2003 at a little festival outside of Chapel Hill called Shakori Hills. Through Alejandro directly and a handful of managers, we’ve managed to stay in touch over all of the ensuing years and, you know, I just can’t put you down!  We’re so proud to be finally working together.  Let’s have some fun!”

With 14 solo albums throughout his illustrious career, Alejandro Escovedo has a rich musical history and future. In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators in the mid ‘70s, to the Austin-based alt-country pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions, including No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006.

Previously produced by John Cale, Tony Visconti, and most recently Peter Buck & Scott McCaughey who also played on the aforementioned Burn Something Beautiful album, Yep Roc will release his 15th album in 2018.

Watch Alejandro perform "Horizontal" and "Johnny Volume" with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey on Austin City Limits. Scott is currently receiving medical treatment in San Francisco for a stroke suffered while on tour with Alejandro back in November. Scott's partner Mary Winzig has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help defray the costs of Scott's medical bills and extensive physical and speech therapy to which you can contribute right here.

January 13 – Austin City Limits at Moody Theater – Austin, TX
January 16 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
January 18-20 – City Winery – New York, NY
January 21 – City Winery – Boston, MA
January 23 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
January 25-27 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
January 28 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
January 30 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA
January 31 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
February 6 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
February 8 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
February 9 – The Heights Theater – Houston, TX

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