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An evening with Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely
Texas Roadhouse Storyteller
Lone Star Americana
- Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
with special guest opener Molly Maher
Texas Legends together on stage for a rare and unforgettable evening!
About Alejandro Escovedo
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.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“one of rock-and-roll’s most beloved survivors… ageless rock-and-roll.” – Washington Post
“Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre.” – David Fricke, Rolling Stone
About Joe Ely
Joe Ely was born between Route 66 and the Rock Island Line in Amarillo, Texas, and he saw Jerry Lee Lewis playing on a flatbed trailer in an Amarillo dust storm when he was six years old. Since then he’s had a career than can fairly be called mythic. His songs about the geographic and romantic landscapes of the Lone Star State are pure poetry, but there’s no other Texas songwriter on whom rock has left a stronger mark. Joe was a member of the original Flatlanders, a backup vocalist with the Clash, and a member of Los Super Seven. Joe has also shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, the Clancy Brothers, and Uncle Tupelo. He is a true pioneer of “outlaw country,” Americana, and Texas music.
Joe is a recent recipient of the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In the words of Texas music writer Joe Nick Patoski, Joe Ely was born “to roam the earth and preach the gospel of the Roadhouse, extolling the virtues of the nowhere-else-but-Texas pressure cooker environment where hard-core country and the rawest kind of rock and roll collide on the dance floor every Saturday night.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Texan troubadour…Ely still sings with agility and swagger” -Guardian
“What I love about Joe is that even if he’s just sitting on the couch running through something he’s working on, he does it like his hair is on fire.” -Terry Allen, country singer/artist
About Molly Maher & Erik Koskinen
A new project featuring two of the area’s most inventive performers.
“St. Paul Americana musician Molly Maher sounds like she’s had her dose of wandering. Her guitar playing is rural and soulful. Breaking all convention, she plays guitar upside down and in different tunings. Elizabeth Cotton would be proud.”
– Eric Loama, musician
“Her music is a window to the lonely world of a nomadic spirit, someone who has loved and lost at love, someone who has lived the existence of a vagabond dreamer … and then there’s her voice, the apparent lovechild of Ricki Lee Jones and Bonnie Raitt.”
– Richard Thomas, Reader Weekly
“Best known as an ace guitarist (for Molly Maher, Randy Weeks) and a producer/engineer (Trampled by Turtles), Erik Koskinen should also be recognized as a masterful songwriter and rousing country singer with the release of his solo album, Keep It to Yourself. The Upper Peninsula native comes off like a twangier Greg Brown or a moodier John Hiatt in down-and-out gems such as ‘Treat Me So Bad,’ several rambling rockers and one downright horny gem, ‘Pretty Girls.’ … ” -Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune