Pop Quiz: Alejandro Escovedo

Aidin Vaziri | Alejandro Escovedo made his name on the Texas music scene, where he’s considered a cult hero. But the singer-songwriter has deep roots in San Francisco, where he broke out with the underdog punk band the Nuns and where he calls upon his main collaborator, Chuck Prophet. They worked together on three of Escovedo’s records, including his 11th solo, “Big Station,” which, like the previous two, was produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex).

Alejandro Escovedo
Q: What did you take away from your time as a member of the Nuns?
A: Punk rock broke that barrier between the audience and musicians. There were no rock stars. There were these great avenues of expression for people. I learned that it’s important to be real, that’s it’s important to be honest. In songs, I can tell the truth a lot more than in real life.
Q: You’ve been hanging out with Bruce Springsteen. Is he that hyper when he’s not onstage?
A: He played with us at the Stone Pony and I got a chance to really hang out with him backstage. He told me about all the things they did in order to become Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He said, “Every time we go onstage we’re 16 years old. We go out to rock hard.” He inspires me to understand we have a mission to spread the gospel of rock ‘n’ roll. That’s a beautiful thing.
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