ADAM McGRATH to open Alejandro Escovedo’s NZ shows

Press Release – Pie Cart Rock and Roll

Acclaimed Mexican-American singer-writer Alejandro Escovedo has added beloved Christchurch singer-songwriter, of The Eastern, as opener for his March shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

With The Eastern and solo, McGrath has shared stages with and opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes and many more. He is a local institution and has been described as ‘NZ’s toughest minded songwriter’ by Graham Reid from the NZ Herald and a “national treasure by Radio NZ National, and “one of the best modern roots artists, from any country” by esteemed American alt-country/roots journal No Depression; the same publication that once named Alejandro Escovedo their inaugural Artist of the Decade.

Hear a great mixtape Adam did with RNZ here https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nat-music/audio/2018663586/the-mixtape-adam-mcgrath
FRI MAR 15 TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND
SAT MAR 16 CAROLINE, WELLINGTON
SUN MAR 17 BLUE SMOKE, CHRISTCHURCH

DRW Entertainment is proud to present, for the first time in Australia & New Zealand, much loved Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro (pronounced Al-e-han-dro) Escovedo.

Alejandro Escovedo is a seminal figure in Texan music and one of the most acclaimed American songwriters of his generation. He’s a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and, as has been recently announced, he will be honored with the Townes Van Zandt Songwriter Award at this year’s Austin Music Awards, just hours before he heads our way. He’ll be only the third recipient of that honor in the Awards’ 37-year history, in a town that he helped put on the musical map.

Alejandro’s latest album, The Crossing, released in September 2018 on Yep Roc and one of the most acclaimed of his career, looks at matters of immigration and the broken Promised Land that is America through the focused and unflinching poetry Alejandro is known for. Recorded with Italian musician Antonio Gramentieri, the album tells a story of a pair of young Mexican and Italian musicians trying to find a home in today’s America. It includes cameos from underground rock royalty in the personages of MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Stooges guitarist James Williamson and Peter Perrett and John Perry of The Only Ones (recording together for the first time in over 40 years), as well as Texan country great Joe Ely and acclaimed novelist and Richmond Fontaine/Delines songwriter Willy Vlautin.

American Songwriter has called the album “one of the most passionate, relevant, politically charged and personal projects he has released in a career pushing 40 years.”
The first visit by such a long established and indeed truly iconic artist is a rare thing these days, and these landmark shows by Alejandro Escovedo are not to be missed by any fans of great songwriting and passionate performance.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO – NEW ZEALAND MARCH 2019, with special guest ADAM McGRATH

FRI MAR 15 TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND
SAT MAR 16 CAROLINE, WELLINGTON
SUN MAR 17 BLUE SMOKE, CHRISTCHURCH
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