Alejandro Escovedo

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

Alejandro Escovedo

Jeremy Nail

Fri, December 7, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $90.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $20 Advance/ $25 Day of Show/ $90 Reserved Booth

Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo
Crossing borders, jumping barriers, taking risks, betting it all: that’s the path Alejandro Escovedo has been taking in his lifelong search for the heart of rock and roll.

The epic 17 song suite comprising The Crossing is about that journey: searching, but not necessarily finding, eyes and ears open all the way. Ranging from sweeping orchestral numbers to classic rock to bursts of 70s punk, the collection finds Escovedo delving further into his lifelong musical journey across his most sonically diverse work yet.

“This says more about me than any of my records without it being a record about me,” Alejandro Escovedo , “The Crossing”
The Crossing tells the tale of two boys, one from Mexico, one from Italy, who meet in Texas to chase their American rock and roll dreams. They discover a not-so-welcoming, very different place from the Promised Land they imagined, with cameos from the likes of Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and James Williamson of the Stooges to show the boys the way.

A Mexican-American kid with Texas roots and California raising taking on immigration issues in two continents with an Italian band, no less, makes perfect sense — if you know Alejandro Escovedo. Forever the curious explorer, he’s been a punk of the rebel kind in The Nuns, a cowpunk of the non-Western variety in Rank and File, commander of a guitar army in The True Believers, an orchestral conductor in his solo work, and a sensitive boy who has outrun death, demons, lust, and lost love in his songs. He has collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, John Cale, Los Lobos, Peter Buck & Scott McCaughey, Los Texmaniacs, and Chuck Prophet. No Depression magazine declared him the Artist of the Decade.

Two years ago, with a string of European tour dates booked, he went looking for a band from the Continent to back him up. Don Antonio, a seasoned, all-instrumental band from Modigliana , in the northern Italian province of Emilia-Romagna, came highly recommended, but Alejandro wasn’t so sure at first. “They didn’t look like a rock and roll band,” he says. Then he started asking around. Their reputation sealed the deal. “Turns out they’d played with all my friends – Dan Stuart, Howe Gelb, Steve Wynn. Everybody knew them. Apparently, at one time or another, everybody toured with them as a band, made friends with them, or played the festival they put on every year.”
Jeremy Nail
Jeremy Nail
A little over a decade ago, molded by a family of ranchers and fine art purveyors, and the untamed landscape and starry night skies of his hometown of Albany, Texas, Jeremy Nail moved to Austin, Texas, bringing his patchwork heart and dust-rattled soul to the scene.

Nail played guitar and wrote songs in several bands including Dustin Welch, The Sideshow Tragedy and Liars and Saints (with Johnny Goudie and Kacy Crowley).  His debut album Letter (2008) was hailed by the Austin Chronicle as “a diverse, gripping listen, one that's centered around his ability to capture waking moments with intensity. Nail's visions take shape with a self-confidence by a local singer-songwriter that hasn't been displayed on a first effort since Jeff Klein.”

Jeremy’s journey took him from late nights in murky bars and honky-tonks to Gruene Hall, and eventually led to him playing guitar for rock icon, Alejandro Escovedo in 2013. After playing one show together, at the Norman Music Festival in Norman, OK, Escovedo asked Nail to join him on his upcoming world tour.  Shortly thereafter, however, Jeremy was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer that had mysteriously wrapped around his left leg over the course of four months, putting his career and ultimately his life on hold.  After radiation and much treatment, they had no choice but to amputate his leg.

Nail not only had to relearn to walk with a prosthetic, but also to rediscover his dreams. Fate would have it that Escovedo and Nail’s paths would cross again after a gig one night in 2015. Escovedo then took Nail under his wing, mentoring him to develop his new songs, and producing his forthcoming new record, My Mountain, with a cast of some of Austin's finest musicians including Chris Masterson (electric guitar), Eleanor Whitmore (violin, vocals), Bobby Daniel (upright bass), Chris Searles (drums),   Dana Falconberry and Jazz Mills (guest vocalists). 
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/