Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from Hepatitis C. The revered singer/songwriter was hospitalized after collapsing in April, and is currently resting a

Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from Hepatitis C. The revered singer/songwriter was hospitalized after collapsing in April, and is currently resting at his home in Canyon Lake, Texas. The normally hard-touring artist will not make any appearances until Austin's South By Southwest festival next March.

Several projects are afoot to assist Escovedo during his convalescence. The second of a two-night benefit event will take place tonight (June 26) at the Continental Club in Austin, featuring Fastball's Miles Zuniga, the Damnations, TX, the Gourds' Kevin Russell, Beaver Nelson, ex-True Believer Jon Dee Graham and David Garza.

Another show in Austin and similar shows in Chicago, San Diego, Seattle and in the Raleigh/Durham, N.C., area are also being planned. In addition, a benefit tribute album emulating "Sweet Relief" discs for Victoria Williams (1993) and Vic Chesnutt (1996) is being organized. A trust is being established to handle donations, with details to be announced in the near future.

Lastly, Rykodisc will release an expanded version of Escovedo's 1996 release, "With These Hands." Last year, the Texas Music Group did the same with his 1992 debut, "Gravity," and its 1994 follow-up, "Thirteen Years."

Through a statement, Escovedo expressed his thanks to his "many supporters for their generosity and good wishes in his time of need."

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