Javier Escovedo: “Downtown”

The Escovedo family tree is a rich one. There’s Alejandro, of course, an Austin icon and musical polymath. Pete and Coke played with Santana and Herbie Hancock, and niece Sheila E. has drummed for everyone from Prince to Kanye. Javier, Alejandro’s younger brother, first came up with the Zeros, a San Diego band that spearheaded the West Coast punk scene of the late ’70s. He later teamed up with Alejandro in True Believers, Austin’s very own punk heroes. The group reunited a few years ago in our Studio 1A, and our building is still shaking from the show.

Javier returns with a new solo album, Kicked Out Of Eden, and it’s safe to say that the years haven’t softened any of his edge. The record kicks off with “Downtown,” a song that marries rockabilly menace with a bluesy, Stones-like bluster. Download the song below and catch Escovedo at Spider House Ballroom on Friday, January 29.

–Art Levy

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