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Alejandro Escovedo: Live at Rolling Stone

Watch the Texas rocker play two track from his new LP 'Street Songs of Love'

June 21, 2010 3:06 PM ET

 

Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo recently stopped by the Rolling Stone studio with guitarist David Pulkingham to showcase a pair of new songs from his June 29th album Street Songs of Love, "Faith" and opening track "Anchor." Street Songs of Love comes two years after Escovedo's "purely autobiographical" album Real Animal, which like its predecessor The Boxing Mirror examined the Texas rocker's near-death experience and long recovery from hepatitis-C. After the pair of personal albums, Escovedo admits to RS that he was "pretty sick of myself" when he began working on Street Songs and began writing "songs about nothing."

However, "Life takes its course and led me to a direction of writing an album full of love songs, or songs about love," Escovedo tells RS, admitting that the subject has always been a mystery to him. On Street Songs, Escovedo is recharged and refocused after his tumultuous past few years. "Because of my health situation, it was pretty scary, there was two years where I couldn't work. Now, I'm more driven about the songs, about the band... I embraced life in a way I haven't before," Escovedo says.

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