A Man Under the Influence & By the Hand of the Father
This is Alejandro Escovedo at his most fiery and most graceful. “Wave,” “Rosalie,” and “Across the River” are from his powerful theater piece, By the Hand of the Father, a musical dialog between first generation Mexican immigrants and their American-born children, a soundtrack of lives.
Listen to this sweet and breezy album outside on a warm evening under a string of glowing lights. Rodrigo Amarante adds Brazilian texture— “Evaporar” is in Portuguese. Imaginative instrumentation—glockenspiel, ukulele, bassoon—gives an overall vintage quality, like happy music from a long time ago.
The husband-wife duo Truckstop Honeymoon takes a page from Johnny and June Carter Cash but mixes in punk and playful humor. The pair’s edgy song lyrics run the gamut from an anti-war anthem to a romance in a waffle house.