Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo In his 30-year career, Alejandro Escovedo has been a punk rocker, alt-country pioneer, garage-band leader, singer-songwriter, and composer, all culminating in the 2000 musical "By… 2004-07-27 Various Artists
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Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo (2004)

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists

In his 30-year career, Alejandro Escovedo has been a punk rocker, alt-country pioneer, garage-band leader, singer-songwriter, and composer, all culminating in the 2000 musical ''By the Hand of the Father,'' a bittersweet meditation on his Mexican-American heritage. Just as eclectic as his sonic explorations are the covers on Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo, this superb two-CD set created to benefit Escovedo, who's been debilitated by hepatitis C. Among the gems: Lucinda Williams' bluesy ''Pyramid of Tears'' and Los Lonely Boys' rockin' ''Castanets.'' But no matter who's singing, Escovedo's remarkable songcraft shines through.

Originally posted Aug 06, 2004 Published in issue #777 Aug 06, 2004 Order article reprints