For 35 years Alejandro Escovedo has been making music. Back at college in a San Francisco punk band The Nuns, then playing guitar in Rank and File and finally forming a roots rock group his brother, Javier, The True Believers. In 1992 he became a solo artist and since that time has released 11 solo albums — the latest, “Big Station,” was released on June 5, 2012, on Fantasy Records. In support of that album he’s hitting the road once more with his backing band The Sensitive Boys. They will be at The Strand in Rockland on April 4 (for more information, call 594-0070, ext. 3, or visit rocklandstrand.com). To that end a phone interview was arranged with the rocker from his home in Austin, Texas.

Q: Did you do SXSW (South by Southwest) this year?

Escovedo: Yes, I did. I did a lot of stuff this year — we had a True Believers reunion so it was pretty active.

Q: How long has it been since you guys have been together?

Escovedo: Oh, it’s been years — but actually I shouldn’t say that, we got back together again at the end of last year — December, maybe — we did a memorial for a friend and it was that that kind of inspired us to want to get back together. We are recording tomorrow (March 20) and hopefully come up with something that will give us something to maybe get some dates and put a little tour together at the end of the year.

Q: You are coming back to Maine for a show at The Strand. Have you played there before?

Escovedo: That’s in Rockland, right?

Q: Yes.

Escovedo: Then, yes, I have.

Q: Now your latest album, “Big Station,” was a 2012 release. Are you planning on the next one or concentrating on this one?

Escovedo: I’m still concentrating on this. I am thinking about the next one but I’m not sure what that is yet, you know?

Q: How does “Big Station” strike you?

Escovedo: The whole album was really a different process than all the other records. Chuck Prophet and I co-wrote most of the record and first of all from the narrative view point we wanted perspective that was looking out rather than introspective; and then rhythmically we really wanted to work with a lot of different rhythms.

Q: So I take it you’re pleased with the results of this one.

Escovedo: Oh, yeah — I love the record, yeah, I’m really happy with it.

Q: When you hit The Strand, you will have the Sensitive Boys with you, right?

Escovedo: Yeah, they’ll be with me.

Q: With such a wealth of material to draw upon, is it hard to put together a set list for a show?

Escovedo: No, it’s easy because there is so much to draw from. Right now we’ve got this really good set that has a lot of different material on it from a lot of different albums so we’re very happy with it right now.

Q: Having been to The Strand before, how do you find Maine audiences?

Escovedo: Oh, I love them — we’ve always had a great time there … we’ve always had a really, really good time in Maine. It’s so beautiful there, it’s such a beautiful part of the country you’ve got. I’m really looking forward to coming and playing there again!

Q: Is there anything you would like to pass on to the folks reading this article?

Escovedo: Well, we’re really happy to be coming back again, you know? It’s a beautiful time of the year to be touring and as I said, I think Maine’s a really wonderful place, so we’re excited about it. And we’re doing kind of a combination set: it’s still “an acoustic evening with … ” but we’re kind of combining a lot of different things so I think it will be good for everybody … a little rock, a little introspection — all kinds of stuff.

Lucky Clark has spent decades writing about good music and the people who make it. He can be reached at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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