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Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

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Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

Studio Sessions

Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

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Alejandro Escovedo's latest album is Burn Something Beautiful. Nancy Rankin Escovedo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nancy Rankin Escovedo/Courtesy of the artist

Alejandro Escovedo's latest album is Burn Something Beautiful.

Nancy Rankin Escovedo/Courtesy of the artist

Set List

  • "Horizontal"
  • "Luna De Miel"
  • "Redemption Blues"

A couple years ago, rock veteran Alejandro Escovedo and his new wife, Nancy, were on their honeymoon on the coast of Mexico when disaster struck and they were sure they were going to die. It was so bad that they even called their family to say goodbye.

In this session, Escovedo tells the story of how they survived and the resulting PTSD, including what he calls "psychedelic seizures." For a while it seemed like that trauma was the end of his career. We talk about how he came out on the other side, with the help of his wife and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, to make his latest album, Burn Something Beautiful. Hear that conversation and his performance in the player above.

Episode Playlist