Alejandro Escovedo lived in Austin for about 35 years, but before that, he spent some time in Oak Cliff.
In a 2012 interview with him, Escovedo told the Advocate that he visited our neighborhood when he was a kid. His uncle, Toby Rentería had a tailor shop here.
So all my cousins grew up there with the Vaughans … I was doing this show called “Mountain Stage.” And we were talking about this to the emcee [Oak Cliff native Larry Groce], and I started telling him about my family and that my uncle had a tailor shop in Oak Cliff. And he said, “Oh, your cousin is [golf pro Phil Rentería],” and he said, “Oh, we used to hang out together.”
Escovedo and his wife, Nancy Rankin Escovedo, recently relocated from Austin to Oak Cliff. He explains why in this first-person story from the Austin Chronicle.
His new album, “Burn Something Beautiful,” was released this week. The whole album is streaming on RollingStone.com.