Woodsongs 670: Alejandro Escovedo and Joseph Arthur

published 8 years ago by The Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Vodcast

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO returns to the WoodSongs stage with a brand new album 'Big Station' on Fantasy/Concord. Long one of America's most admired poet-rockers, his 35 years as a musician and two decades as a solo artist 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. The new album finds the ever-evolving Texas rocker highly-charged with spirit and purpose. Largely co-written with frequent collaborator Chuck Prophet, the album's 12 songs bristle with tension and hope as Escovedo fights to keep faith in a changing world and hold onto love. JOSEPH ARTHUR was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-'90s, and signed to Gabriel's Real World label as the first North American artist on the label's roster. This Akron, Ohio-bred/Brooklyn, N.Y.-residing singer/songwriter's 1997 debut, 'Big City Secrets,' attracted a substantial following abroad. The artist didn't connect with Stateside listeners until 'Come To Where I'm From,' which features his signature song, "In the Sun." That track was covered by R.E.M.'s Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin in 2006 on a charity single to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, having previously been recorded a decade earlier by Gabriel for a Princess Diana tribute album. Arthur is also an accomplished painter, having displayed his works in galleries around the world. His latest is a double album titled 'Redemption City' released on his own label.

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