There are some folks whose life journeys manifest in the timbre of their voices, each uttered word wrought with equal doses of joy and pain. Exhibit A is Alejandro Escovedo, a troubadour who has spent his days traveling from punker to prominent alt-country figure.
He hails from a family that produced two Santana percussionists and Sheila E., and Escovedo's own endeavors began when he moved from his native San Antonio to the Bay Area punk scene with The Nuns in the mid-70s. After a short stint in New York exploring early cowpunk with Rank and File, he hit Austin with the garage growlings of The True Believers. His solo efforts throughout the 90s earned him a nod as alt-country Bible NoDepressions artist of the decade, and the Americana Music Association named his latest work, Real Animal, one of the years 10 best.