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Alejandro Escovedo: Better Than Ever

Since the early '90s, Alejandro Escovedo's solo albums have quietly cast him as an artist of note. He's come a long way since his bands Rank And File and True Believers, which both looked at roots-rock music in new ways yet only achieved cult status. Slowly but surely, Escovedo is getting his due.

The day before this session on WFUV, he made his debut on The Today Show, and a month earlier he was invited on stage by Bruce Springsteen to perform "Always a Friend" with the E Street Band. In this session, he told me about that experience, as well as the backstory on the autobiographical tunes from his great new album, Real Animal.

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Real Animal is something of a comeback for Alejandro Escovedo — not musically, but physically. While recovering from a near-fatal bout with Hepatitis C, Escovedo sounded like he recorded his previous album, The Boxing Mirror, as if it might be his last. But on Real Animal, he sounds stronger than ever, with producer Tony Visconti (who's worked with David Bowie and T. Rex) bringing back some of the rock that made Escovedo's name.

Originally recorded May 14, 2008.

Listen to the previous Favorite Session, or see our full archive.

Copyright 2008 WFUV

Rita Houston
A nationally recognized tastemaker with a broad knowledge of and passion for music, Rita Houston shapes the musical direction of WFUV's acclaimed City Folk® format. With the help of staff, Houston selects the songs that become part of City Folk®, establishes theme days and creates popular features like "New Release Monday" and "Guilty Pleasures Day." Well-known for her rapport with artists, she books the on-air interviews, hosting a number of them herself. Houston also serves as executive producer of the nationally distributed City Folk Live concert series, and produces annual benefit CDs of performances from WFUV's Studio A.
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