It’s a privilege to drop the news that this year’s winner of of the Townes Van Zandt Songwriter Award is to be presented to singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo!
Crossing borders, jumping barriers, taking risks, betting it all: that’s the path Alejandro Escovedo has been taking in his lifelong search for the heart of rock and roll.
“Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre.” – David Fricke, Rolling Stone
“There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.” – Lenny Kaye ( Patti Smith Band)
“A masterwork from one of the genuine lights in rock music.”- Billboard
“Escovedo has blended the lyricism of Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne with the raw power of the Stooges and the Velvet Underground…the result is music with heart, brains, and a burning sense of adventure.”– Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone
“The performances were lush and full…it was truly a treat to hear these songs with such a rich resonance that only added to their depth and beauty.” – Front Row Center
“Alejandro Escovedo likes songs with stories; tonight, he was, the American story.” – The Boston Globe
“Alejandro Escovedo is one of the great songwriters of our time.” – Time Out Philadelphia
“Alejandro Escovedo was like a lean slice of nighttime that had found its way into a sunny afternoon. That set was rumbling roots-punk guitar gunslinging at its most fierce and hip. After a long afternoon on a festival stage, the 60-something Escovedo still bristled with energy. Cool cats get nine lives. Ticking it off on your fingers, it seems as if the Texas songwriter must have cycled through all of those and then some.” – Allison Fernstock, New Orleans Times-Picayune
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