Feel a brand new heartache coming on? It's the master of internal disaster, Alejandro Escovedo, back with a loaded deck of songs for your listening pleasure. But be careful! Before you know it, this combination of new tunes and cover favorites will twist your guts into neat little knots--just like the wistful street clown with his deft, practiced touch turns a toy balloon into a goddamn wiener dog. Smiling on the outside, crying on the inside, folks. Yep. Crying on the inside...
Bourbonitis Blues was recorded straight up, no chaser, (in Chicago, Austin, and Chapel Hill) in down home style--this is Alejandro and his "classical glam" Orchestra at their finest: off the cuff, loose and tight, and reflective of their incredible live shows. The covers range from the achingly languid "Pale Blue Eyes", featuring Kelly Hogan (ex-Jody Grind, ex-Rock*A*Teens) on vocals, to the chugging cover of Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues", with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers, Pine Valley Cosmonauts) guesting on guitar and vocals, to the spooked up version of the Gun Club's "Sex Beat" (featuring Trailer Bride's Melissa Swingle).
"Alejandro Escovedo makes you wanna cry, fall in love, and get loaded all at the same time... He'll put cellos and violins on a song that'll make the awful, tucked-away memories of every broken heart you've had come flooding back to you. And then he'll take those old nightmares he left you with, flip them over, and blow 'em up with some of the nastiest, gnarliest Stones-type rockers that even the best bar bands only dream about pulling off." Rich Kane, Orange County Weekly
"Bourbonitis Blues comes the closest yet to getting everything Escovedo does best down on a single disc. BB finally touches on both the fragile poignancy and reckless bashing that make Escovedo's shows so exhilarating. They nailed it." Tim Perlich, Now Magazine
"Escovedo proves he can do practically anything, and do it as well as anyone, from blazing power-chord assaults that reveal his love of the Stooges and the Stones to teary eyed ballads that could turn George Jones into a sobbing shell of a man. Bourbonitis Blues is a masterpiece of despair, the soundtrack for those nights when heartache is harder to shake than heroin." John Floyd, Miami New Times
"With The Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra, he has synthesized the disparate elements of his musical background, punk, art rock, cowpunk, and roots rock into a wonderfully rich, distinctive and atmospheric sound, one, however, that his previous labels were unable or unwilling to put on record in uncompromised form." John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music