Near-death experiences have a way of dredging up past memorable moments, and for a resourceful songwriter like Alejandro Escovedo, that’s a wealth of material waiting to be tapped. Fortuitously, to record his music-connected reveries, he’s got producer extraordinaire Tony Visconti, who’s helped shape a number of Escovedo’s key musical memories associated with David Bowie and T.Rex. These get nods on Real Animal, as do Iggy Pop, the Dils’ Chip and Tony Kinman, the Nuns and even Ike & Tina Turner. Less a fond look back through rose-coloured shades than a revealing career summation, the songs of Real Animal, through lyrical and musical reflection, tell how Escovedo got to where he is now, singing duets onstage with Bruce Springsteen. I have seen Escovedo’s future, and its sound is rock ’n’ roll.
Escovedo opens for Dave Matthews at the Molson Amphitheatre Wednesday (June 18) and then returns to headline at the Mod Club July 7.