photo by Todd V. Wolfson
For his 4th annual birthday concert at the ACL Moody Theatre, Alejandro Escovedo paid tribute to Leonard Cohen with The Leonard Cohen Influence: A Thousand Kisses Deep. To come up with his own interpretations of Leonard Cohen tunes Alejandro enlisted the help of friends and collaborators Elias Haslanger, Scott Laningham, Daniel Durham, Sean Giddings, and Alejandro Escovedo orchestra members Brian Standefer, Matt Fish, and Karla Manzur. Longtime Leonard Cohen collaborators Mitch Watkins (guitarist, composer) and Julie Christensen (singer, songwriter) also jumped at the chance to lend a hand. In addition to playing some of his favorite Cohen tunes Alejandro shared several of his original songs inspired by Leonard Cohen. But before the orchestra lit up the big ACL stage for an audience of 2,000 they settled into our cozy Studio 1A to play a set for a few lucky KUTX members. Enjoy!