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

Musician/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has made a career out of taking chances. His first true band was the San Francisco-based punk outfit The Nuns. Then he joined up with cow-punks Rank & File before forming the country-oriented True Believers with his brothers, eventually hacking out a solo career. His music typically garners critical acclaim, but that doesn't necessarily add up to record sales. Undaunted, for years Escovedo has pushed hard, played hard, and, all too often, partied hard.

Even after being diagnosed with hepatitis C, a disease that attacks the liver, Escovedo kept up the rigorous pace. He was admittedly in denial about the illness -- that is, until he collapsed on a Phoenix stage in April 2003.