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A Smoke and a Cheap Guitar

Posted in Lost Classics!, Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by 30daysout


Earlier this week we roamed over to Luckenbach to soak up a little of that Texas mystique, and I thought while we’re in the neighborhood we oughta just keep goin’ about the good old days.  Well, as I said, back in the 1970s Texas became the epicenter of something called the outlaw country music movement.  It kinda started around 1972, right about the time Willie Nelson’s Nashville home burned down and he moved back to Austin.  Later that year Nelson held his first Fourth of July festival at Dripping Springs – featuring Waylon Jennings, Tompall Glaser, Kris Kristofferson and Leon Russell – and that sort of kicked off the whole shebang.


Michael Martin Murphey

You’d hit the usual hangouts, like the Armadillo World Headquarters and Soap Creek Saloon, and you’d see musicians sipping their beer from longneck bottles and longhairs and rednecks co-inhabiting peacefully.  The music could turn a redneck into a “cosmic cowboy,” and hippies became “redneck rockers.”  Michael (not yet Martin) Murphey wrote the movement’s unofficial anthem with “Cosmic Cowboy,” off his Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir album.  Willis Alan Ramsey cut his one eponymous album on Leon Russell’s Shelter label in 1972 then he dropped off the face of the earth.  Jerry Jeff Walker walked onstage at Castle Creek in his boxer shorts, and Gove Scrivenor played the harmonica and the autoharp and did a solo with his foot (stomping percussion).  Over in Houston, Townes Van Zandt played in places like Anderson Fair and the Texas Opry House, commuting from the dilapidated trailer where he lived in Austin, while Guy Clark gave voice to his great songs.

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Live: Alejandro Escovedo, Austin

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by 30daysout

The release of Alejandro Escovedo’s new album Real Animal is taking on national holiday proportions in Austin.  In the past seven days, Escovedo and his crack band have already appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Today Show.”  Thursday afternoon, they kicked off a three-day Austin home stand with a rollicking in-store appearance at Waterloo Records.

Escovedo remembered how he once worked at Waterloo, and how he played Iggy Pop and the Stooges on the store sound system every chance he got.  “And I was never late, and I did everything they told me to,” he joked.  “I was the best employee they ever had.”  Then he charged into his “Real As An Animal” rocker, the song he wrote about Iggy Pop.  “He (Iggy) represents everything that is exciting about rock and roll,” Alejandro said.

Led by guitar genius David Pulkingham, the band performed a handful of songs from the album including “Sister Lost Soul,” “Slow Down” and the great new single “Always A Friend.”  Escovedo and band will play a two-night stand at the Continental Club Thursday and Friday, and Saturday night they headline the “Keep Austin Weird Festival.”  Then, Alejandro said, they begin a long tour of the midwest.  Then they’ll come back home to Austin.

Real Animal is out now in record stores.  You can hear Escovedo’s Friday (June 27) night show live on KGSR radio, at 10:30 p.m. CDT.  Go here and click “Listen Live.”  You won’t regret it!  UPDATE: KGSR radio has promised that you can still hear the live June 27 show as a streaming program.  Check their website.

MP3: “Real As An Animal”

Alejandro Escovedo official website