Stateside Presents

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO

JESSE MALIN

Fri, February 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.

Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.

His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says over the phone beginning a promotional tour for his latest work, Street Songs of Love, his tenth solo album. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you just worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father, and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, to stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

It is a journey that has taken him from Texas to California to New York and back again to Texas, encompassing a breadth of music as varied as the many bands he was part of before embarking on a solo career. In the 1970s, he surfaced on San Francisco’s no-holds-barred punk scene centered around the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, a guitarist in the Nuns; Rank & File helped unite the disparate worlds of punk and country in the 1980s; and after he moved back to Austin, the True Believers combined all manner of Americana music in a harbinger of what was to come in Alejandro’s solo career which begun in 1992 with the album Gravity.
JESSE MALIN
JESSE MALIN
Fresh off the heels of New York Before The War (March 2015), Jesse Malin returns with his latest album, Outsiders, out now on One Little Indian / Velvet Elk Records.
Born from late night recording sessions in the Pennsylvania woods with producer Don DiLego, far from any expectations, this new record presents Jesse Malin in his rawest form yet. Malin describes Outsiders as "a record built out of optimism and disgust - one for the leavers, the believers, the hustlers and the chicken hawks who could never catch us."

Malin began playing live the age of twelve years old in the seminal hardcore band Heart Attack, after which Jesse and his childhood pals formed the rock and roll band D Generation and released three albums, touring the globe several times over before parting ways. Following several in-between bridge bands, Jesse Malin embarked on a solo career and has released six critically acclaimed records, starting with 2002's The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams. Followed by 2004's The Heat, 2007's Glitter in the Gutter and 2010's Love It To Life, Jesse Malin has been nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize, received four star reviews in Rolling Stone, Uncut and more, and collaborated with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, and Wayne Kramer along the way.
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/