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Alejandro Escovedo: "It Was Like a Nightmare But With a Happy Ending"

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He spent months, a year, in the hospital battling not only the hep C, but the negative side effects of the drugs he was prescribed that ate away at his bone marrow. Hospital bills mounted, but a bevy of musicians staged benefits on his behalf. He was humbled by the experience, but it also gave him strength. Supported by sheer willpower and holistic treatments, Escovedo slowly recovered.

"It was like a nightmare, really, but with a happy ending, you know," he recalls by phone from his Austin home. "It was pretty frightening. There was a lot to go through physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I healed in all sorts of ways . . . I'm reminded of it every day. Everything is a reminder that I'm very fortunate to be alive and do what I do."

What he does is make soul-stirring music that encapsulates vintage rock, blues, punk, Latin, and country influences into a driving force carrying introspective and deeply personal treatises on love, loss, society, and hardship, gritty manifestos of life's excesses and poignant protest songs.

Currently disease-free, Escovedo finds that his near-death experience continues to guide his music. "Headstrong Crazy Fool," from Big Station, his most recent release, catalogues the pitfalls of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle, including his own.

"You wouldn't be wrong in saying I draw inspiration from that experience," he says.

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Glenn BurnSilver
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