Alejandro Escovedo will rekindle his long ties to Austin, as well as his connections to the North Carolina Triangle’s music scene, when he resumes his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert on January 13, 2018.
Tickets, $28-$42, are on sale now via the venue’s website.
Escovedo, who lived in the Austin area for more than three decades before moving to Dallas in 2015, will perform his 2001 album “A Man Under the Influence” in its entirety, and play a second set with many special guests. Chris Stamey, the North Carolina luminary who produced that album, will serve as musical director. Stamey is publishing a memoir next April with University of Texas Press.
The band will include Stamey’s fellow North Carolina guitarist and producer Mitch Easter and noted pedal steel/electric guitarist Eric Heywood plus drummer Hector Munoz, bassist Mike Luzecky, violinist Warren Hood, cellist Brian Standefer and Tosca String Quartet viola player Ames Asbell, along with backing singers, a percussion section and other special guests. The show is in some aspects an outgrowth of a concert Escovedo performed in North Carolina last month as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Yep Roc record label. [Update, Dec. 8: Yep Roc has announced that the label has signed Escovedo to a record deal and expects to issue his next album in 2018.]
Chicago band Poi Dog Pondering, which includes longtime Escovedo violinist Susan Voelz, will be performing downstairs at ACL Live’s sister club, 3Ten, on the same night as well as the night before. Some of the onetime Austin band’s former members who still live here will join them, re-creating a show they played at the venue earlier this year.
Escovedo’s concert will be presented by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, partly in memory of Austin guitarist Joe Eddy Hines, who died of cancer earlier this year and had played with Escovedo for many years. The foundation’s mission is “saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection.”
Escovedo began performing January concerts at ACL Live in 2013 with a career retrospective show, followed by 2014’s “United Sounds of Austin” historical overview of the city’s music scene, a 2015 show based on his experiences during Hurricane Odile in Mexico, and a 2016 Leonard Cohen-themed concert. Escovedo traded the January 2017 show for a taping of the “Austin City Limits” TV show a few weeks prior.