Star-crossed line-up shines on underrated singer's catalogue

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Various Artists – Por Vida: A Tribute To The Songs Of Alejandro Escovedo

A diverse double-disc tribute/benefit for the celebrated Texas songwriter, who’s been sidelined with Hepatitis C since 2003.

Escovedo, swerving from orchestral/chamber experimentalism to dusty country/folk to dirty rock ‘n’ roll, embodies every impulse to which roots-rockers and indie-minded popsters aspire.

Prestigious artists from Lucinda Williams to John Cale pay homage here. It’s Ian Hunter (“I Wish I Was Your Mother” has been in Escovedo’s live set for years) that strikes truest: “One More Time”, smeared with dollops of slide guitar, steals the show with its