For a return engagement April 1 at the Royal Theatre in nearby Danville, roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedobrings his band The Sensitive Boys with him this time, one year after a sold-out show at the same venue. Escovado, who first became recognized while a member of Rank & File, then the True Believers, a country rock punk group in the 1980s, he has been touring behind 2008's "Real Animal" for the better part of two years. A slice of uncategorizable rock and roll (think Texas via Cali via the heartland) - it's just flat-out a good record from a credible guy who's been making overshadowed music for more than 20 years.
Plus, it's an absolutely terrific place to see the band (with opener Megan McCormick) play - they only let in about 230 people. In a still-functional and regularly used movie theatre. It's part of a concert series (they sell beer) that hosts some good-to-great Americana artists that might not normally come through Indianapolis.
Escovedo is largely unknown outside of the alt-country/roots circles mainly because the music is hard to explain as just one kind - other than it's usually pretty damn good - both lyrically and as charged, raw-boned rock.
I used to play the True Believers albums ("Hard Road" had significant spins) as a radio jock, hosting one of those Sunday night eclectic rock and roll radio shows (play anything, nobody is listening, right?) in the late 80s, and then owned "More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-1996" when it came out. He's always been on my radar, and good for us that he's found some success in a small town near our big city.
Most recently, Alejandro had some resurgence (and I think helped the record get a few plays on AAA stations) when he joined Springsteen on stage in Texas in 2008, and they (with the E St. Band) just killed on "Always a Friend" from his "Real Animal" record.
The upcoming show is worth the effort it takes to get out on a Thursday night. I'd classify him as a legend. You oughta at least watch the video
below, especially if you don't really know his music...
ALBUM RELEASE NOTES
Johnny Depp narrates the first-ever Doors documentary film 'When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors.' and will also appear on the soundtrack album reading verses from 15 of Jim Morrison's poems.The soundtrack features 13 of the Doors greatest hits, taken from their six albums, and will be released in the UK on April 6, three days before the film is released here.
Jim Lauderdale will release his new album "Patchwork River" May 11
Canadian roots-rockers The Sadies will release their new album, "Darker Circles" on May 18. The album is produced by the Jayhawk’s Gary Louris.
How Cool Is This? Dept: Cheap Trick taped an episode of Austin City Limits on March 18 that will air during the program's 2010-2011 season. Kudos to the genre-bending, long-running PBS series. Everyone should have themselves some Cheap Trick. right?