Alejandro Escovedo Turns Up the Volume on His 9th Solo Release 'REAL ANIMAL' Due...

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Alejandro Escovedo Turns Up the Volume on His 9th Solo Release 'REAL ANIMAL'
Due June 24
Rich musical past brought to life with help from famed producer Tony Visconti

NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- REAL ANIMAL Alejandro Escovedo's 9th
solo album and follow-up to 2006's critically-acclaimed THE BOXING MIRROR will
be released in-stores and online June 24, 2008.  A limited edition double
vinyl release featuring two bonus tracks: "In Love Again" and a cover of the
Stooges "I Got a Right" will be released on June 10, 2008. Produced by Tony
Visconti (David Bowie, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy), REAL ANIMAL is a collective journey
through Escovedo's various musical incarnations from punk rock to string
quintets and is as introspective as it is retrospective.  "The inspiration for
this record really is my life in music and the characters that I've known in
and throughout that life. It's also about how music helped me survive that
life," Escovedo said. Recorded at Saint Claire Studios in Lexington, KY, REAL
ANIMAL features a band of frequent collaborators, including David Pulkingham
(guitar), Josh Gravelin (bass), Hector Munoz (drums), Susan Voelz (violin),
Brian Standefer (cello) and Chuck Prophet (guitar).
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    The 13 original tracks on REAL ANIMAL unravel Escovedo's musical
autobiography while presenting him as a masterful American musician, whose
palette encompasses eloquent string quintets and shattering blasts of punk
rock.  From his early days in the punk scene of San Francisco ("Nuns Song") to
chaotic times living at the Chelsea Hotel alongside Sid & Nancy ("Chelsea
Hotel '78") through his pioneering alt-country days with Rank & File ("Chip n'
Tony"), REAL ANIMAL weaves a vivid tale of music as well as characters met,
played with and lost along the way ("Sister Lost Soul" and "Sensitive Boys").
The punk-infused track "Real as an Animal" is an homage to Stooges' front man
Iggy Pop -- one of the many influential artists that hit home with Escovedo --
while "Golden Bear", a song named after a local music club in Huntington
Beach, CA where Escovedo spent his teen years, has a haunting and melodic
reference to his near-death battle with Hepatitis-C.
    REAL ANIMAL marks Escovedo's second release for the EMI-based
Manhattan/Back Porch Records.  General Manager Ian Ralfini says of Escovedo,
"Alejandro Escovedo, to date, has been somewhat of a cult hero and rock &
roll's 'best kept secret'.  I believe with the team of people who put together
this record, most notably producer Tony Visconti that will be no more."  He
continues, "I am absolutely thrilled with this record and believe it is his
best record to date."
    Escovedo will also usher in a new management team as he joins forces with
Jon Landau Management.  "Alejandro is a great artist and REAL ANIMAL
represents the best writing and performing of his career. We're proud to
represent him," said his new manager Barbara Carr of Jon Landau Management.
    REAL ANIMAL - Track Listing:
    01    Always a Friend
    02    Chelsea Hotel '78
    03    Sister Lost Soul
    04    Smoke
    05    Sensitive Boys
    06    People (We're Only Gonna Live So Long)
    07    Golden Bear
    08    Nuns Song
    09    Real as an Animal
    10    Hollywood Hills
    11    Swallows of San Juan
    12    Chip n' Tony
    13    Slow Down

SOURCE  Manhattan/Back Porch Records

Heather Davis of Manhattan-Back Porch Records, +1-212-786-8653,
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