Music Monday: Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo’s career is most pithily summed up by the title of his 1998 live album, More Miles than Money. The Texas-born son of Mexican immigrants, Escovedo has been cranking out beautiful, challenging, genre-bending work since he helped form one of San Francisco’s first punk bands, the Nuns, back in the mid-1970s (the Nuns opened for the Sex Pistols on the last show of their legendarily doomed 1978 American tour).
After leaving the Nuns, in the early ’80s Escovedo moved to Austin, Texas, where he ended up in two ultimately influential bands: Rank and File, who were mining lodes of “alternative country” before the term even existed, and the True Believers, a rock ‘n’ roll outfit formed with Alejandro’s brother, Javier.
From approximately 1992 to 2002, Escovedo really hit his stride as a solo artist, releasing a string of inventive albums, including Gravity, Thirteen Years, With These Hands, More Miles than Money (Live, 1994-1996), Bourbonitis Blues, A Man Under the Influence, and By the Hand of the Father. During this period, he also formed a group called Buick MacKane (from an old

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