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Got Those Cowpunk Blues Again

The songsmithery of Alejandro Escovedo

Thanks to the songsmithery of Alejandro Escovedo, crying tears into your beer never sounded so good
Todd V. Wolfson
Thanks to the songsmithery of Alejandro Escovedo, crying tears into your beer never sounded so good

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For information call 954-776-0660.
Performs at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Fu-Bar, 909 E Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale.

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Although last year's Bourbonitis Blues is a studio recording, it offers a fine, if brief, approximation of Escovedo's live act. He restructures the 1996 song "Guilty" into something that would fit perfectly on Exile On Main Street, turns in some sterling covers (among them a gut-wrenching take of Ian Hunter's "Irene Wilde" and a smoldering "Sex Beat," the Gun Club chestnut from its Fire of Love album). Better, though, is "I Was Drunk," a song of bottomless turmoil and torment set to a swaying waltz tempo and some astonishing playing by cellist Brian Standefer and guitarist Hines. It's a loser's anthem of self-pity and betrayal, self-abuse, and memories too bitter to shake. Yet there is beauty within Escovedo's misery, something almost grievously angelic. Which is to say, it is the quintessence of Alejandro Escovedo's remarkable artistry.

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