Alejandro Escovedo: True survivor. True original.

alejandroSome solo acts are truly singular — Neil Young, Kathleen Edwards, Warren Zevon. No one sounds quite like them.

Then there’s Alejandro Escovedo.

You’ve heard music sort of like his before — little tinges of country, rock, soul. But not quite this good. This well put together.

He’s had a long career — started out in the punk pioneering band Rank & File, formed True Believers with his brother, and has had a wonderful solo career.

He’s also a true survivor. We nearly lost him in 2006 to hepatitis C, but he has rebounded with a new, critically-acclaimed album called “Real Animal”.

He’s playing the Culture Room City Limits on Sunday — definitely worth a look.

And now, by request: “Castanets”

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