Alejandro Escovedo

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Release Date: 2008-07-16

When Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band onstage at Houston’s Toyota Center in April, it was a bit like Crash Davis suiting up to start as catcher in the opening game of the World Series.

That’s not meant to imply that there’s anything minor league about Escovedo’s talents, but for most of his 30-year career he’s been on the fringes of mass acceptance, admired by a cult that’s gradually grown, but remains a cult. But watching Escovedo sing lead on his oh-so-Springsteenish new track “Always a Friend,” and to see Springsteen delight in offering the smallest backing vocals, you sensed that Escovedo is now officially in the big leagues — eagerly accepted as the heavyweight Americana singer-songwriter that he’s been for a good two decades.

Like Springsteen, Escovedo thinks deeply about his work and makes his moves very carefully. At 57, he just may be approaching his peak. 9pm Sat, Jul 19, $15, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com

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