Over the past 40 years, they have gone from “just another band from East L.A.” into the premier Mexican-American roots rockers, mixing a traditional sound with a punk attitude, most recently earning a well-deserved nomination for a much-vaunted—and much-needed—spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Represent."
Read full article at: http://www.reddirtreport.com/rustys-music/wolf-lives-louie-perez-reflects-four-decades-being-biggest-band-come-out-east-la
Read Full Article by the Daytona Beach News Journal at: http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170907/after-four-decades-los-lobos-keep-moving
See full gallery from the concert at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/loslobos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155665146963674
Listen here: https://woub.org/2017/08/07/dream-in-blue-speaking-with-los-lobos-steve-berlin/
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Summer is here and Los Lobos is hitting the road! As is tradition, the band is making appearances at summer festivals around the country. There are also a few very cool side project shows with Dos Lobos (David and Louie) and a special return of "The Three Louies" show, as well as a run of "Wheels of Soul" shows with Tedeschi/Trucks Band and North Mississippi Allstars
Jun 16 -- Knuckleheads Saloon -- Kansas City, MO -- Tickets
Jun 17 -- Simon Estes Amphitheater -- Des Moines, IA -- Tickets
Jun 18 -- Blues On The Fox Festival -- Aurora, IL -- Tickets
Jun 19 -- Music In The Zoo -- Apple Valley, MN -- Tickets
Jun 24 -- Music In The Park -- San Jose, CA -- Tickets
Jun 25 -- Don The Beachcomber -- Huntington Beach, CA -- Tickets
Jul 08 -- Highland Bowl Amphitheater -- Rochester, NY -- Tickets
Jul 09 -- Levitate Music & Arts Festival -- Marshfield, MA -- Tickets
Jul 10 -- Green River Festival -- Greenfield, MA -- Tickets
Jul 12 -- Payomet Performing Arts Center -- North Truro, MA -- Tickets
Jul 13 -- Saratoga Performing Arts Center -- Saratoga Springs, NY -- Tickets
Jul 14 -- Lowell Summer Music Series -- Lowell, MA -- Tickets
Jul 15 -- Darling's Waterfront Pavilion -- Bangor, ME -- Tickets
Jul 16 (*) -- Bank of New Hampshire -- Bangor, ME -- Tickets
Jul 17 (*) -- Wolf Trap -- Vienna, VA -- Tickets
Jul 20 -- Bethel Woods Center for the Arts -- Bethel, NY -- Tickets
Jul 22 -- Koka Booth Amphitheatre -- Cary, NC -- Tickets
Jul 23 (*) -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre -- Alpharetta, GA -- Tickets
Jul 24 (*) -- Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory -- Charlotte, NC -- Tickets
Jul 27 (*) -- Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park -- Indianapolis, IN -- Tickets
Jul 28 -- Music Box Supper Club -- Cleveland, OH -- Tickets
Jul 29 (*) -- Rose Music Center at The Heights -- Huber Heights, OH -- Tickets
Jul 30 (*) -- PNC Pavilion -- Cincinatti, OH -- Tickets
Jul 31 (*) -- Freedom Hill Amphitheatre -- Sterling Heights, MI -- Tickets
(*) = Wheels of Soul Summer Tour with Tedeschi/Trucks Band and North Mississippi Allstars
View the full schedule at: LosLobos.org
David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez unite as "Dos Lobos" and will be performing at Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, CA NEXT WEEKEND on Saturday, June 25th!
Grab your tickets today: https://www-donthebeachcomber-com.seatengine.com/shows/37191
Also next weekend, on Sunday June 26th, "The Three Louies" will be performing at the Grand Performances in Los Angeles. The eclectic mix of our own Louie Perez with LA Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez and journalist Luis Torres fuses art, music, comedy and social satire to bring joy to your evening.
The show starts Sunday, June 26th @ 7pm. This is a FREE event! Learn more about the event at: http://grandperformances.org/ and if you're going check out the Facebook event page to let us know you're attending!
This stellar one-day festival takes place on the top of Mt. Tamalpais north of San Francisco on September 17th and is a fantastic celebration of music that also raises funds for the mountain. Tickets on sale THIS FRIDAY, June 17th at http://www.soundsummit.net/
Los Lobos will also be performing in two fantastic locations later this year and starting 2017. In October the "Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise" sets sail for San Juan, Puerto Rico among other favorites in the South Caribbean. Learn more about the upcoming festivities on the sea on their website: http://bluescruise.com/lrbc-27-oct-2016-southeastern-caribbean/
In January 2017 the Caribbean fun continues at "Dark Star's Jamaican Jam In The Sand" hosted at the beautiful Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica!
"Your days will be spent on the beach enjoying everything the resort has to offer and the nights will be spent under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra, along with very special guests Los Lobos and Donna the Buffalo!" Find out about room packages on their website here: http://www.dsojaminthesand.com/
If you are looking to add more Los Lobos to your digital collection, you can find even more classic albums, now avilable on iTunes!
Don't forget to tag Los Lobos with @LosLobosBand on Twitter or on Facebook with @Los Lobos. Spread the news to your friends!
Also, if you haven't checked out our latest album, "Gates of Gold" yet, you can pick it up at the nearest Record Store or from the retailers below!
Cesar's new live solo release "Live From The Galaxy" is available for the first time and was recorded in 1999 when he was touring in support of his solo release Soul Disguise.
David and Louie's "The Long Goodbye" was released in 2010 and features exclusive previously-unreleased Hidalgo/Perez-penned tunes.
Just in time for the holidays, pick up one (or more!) for your favorite Los Lobos-loving friend or family member!
Look for the new album online and in-stores, TODAY, Friday, September 25th. Here are the links for purchase depending on location:
Los Lobos will be celebrating the release of their new album, “Gates of Gold”, in the neighborhood in East L.A. where it all started. Join us this coming Tuesday, September 29th from 7PM-10PM. El Gallo Plaza occupies the corner where the band would hang out way back in the day--dreaming and playing and becoming the pioneering and iconic band they remain.
The block party spirit will be provided by the local vendors (food, drinks) and a performance by the band at 8pm. For a chance to win tickets to this private showcase performance and party please send an email to email@example.com and we will randomly pick 25 people to win a pair of tickets (for a total of 50 tickets).
Make sure your email includes your first and last name for a chance to attend this awesome release party! Winners will be notified by email on Monday, 9/28/15
Read more and take a first listen to the entire album at NPR:
Don't forget to pre-order the album and pick it up September 25th! Only a little more than 2 weeks away. Pre-order on loslobos.org!! If you missed the sneak peak at the new album, you can still check it out on the Elmore Magazine website! http://bit.ly/1Mad683
Here are the links for all of the pre-orders depending on location:
Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com
Barnes & Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com
Get yours today and listen to the album as soon as it comes out!
The tune opens with a flurry of mandolin and acoustic guitars before settling into a slow, earthy shuffle that slides alongside singer and guitarist David Hidalgo’s distinctive voice. Maybe it’s the photo on the album cover, but the song seems bathed in a golden light that gives warmth to the existential, and largely unanswerable, questions Los Lobos pose in the song.
“What came to mind was the idea of journey in all its shapes and forms. The path of the immigrant and he looks at a new land on the horizon with all its promises. The endless quest for life’s meaning in the spiritual sense, what lies beyond our mortal existence,” drummer Louie Perez says. “The question of what the future may bring for this band as we stare down 42 years coming this fall. And personally, at age 62, how to navigate through the time I have left.”
“Gates of Gold” comes from an album by the same title, the veteran band’s first studio release since “Tin Can Trust” in 2010. It’s the latest entry in a storied career that began in east Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. Since then, Los Lobos has released more than a dozen studio albums, including their 1984 breakthrough “How Will the Wolf Survive?” and won four Grammys.
Not only is “Gates of Gold” the title track, the song set the tone for the other 10 tracks on the album, Perez says. “It put everything into context, giving a cohesiveness to the individual songs as one body of work.”
“Gates of Gold” is due Sept. 25 on 429 Records.
Tickets go on sale next Friday, March 13th! You can purchase them here on Black Bird Music Group.
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This Friday's two SOLD OUT Los Lobos shows at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz will be stream live online! Streaming made possible thanks toMoes, chime interactive, and Moonalice's hi-def streaming production!
You can view the stream online at: http://loslobos.org/webcast/or at http://www.moonalice.com/tour/2015-02-20/special-los-lobos-stream
You can view all of the photos from the show here on the Facebook album. Photo credit goes to Jon Luini.
If you are planning on heading to BottleRock Napa at the end of May, but don't have the ability to stay all weekend, check out these limited single day tickets for only $99!
You will get to see Los Lobos perform as well as many other awesome bands, plus get to enjoy some amazing food, beer, and wine (it's Napa after all)!
Tickets are on sale now at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bottlerock-napa-valley-2015-may-29th-may-30th-may-31st-tickets-14520327691
The Press Democrat suggests your "Best Excuse to Flee for Napa" is to see Los Lobos at the City Winery!
You can grab tickets at: http://www.citywinery.com/napa/tickets/los-lobos-early-show-12-31.html
This also marks the beginning of the next leg of Los Lobos City Winery tours. Look for us in Chicago, New York, Nashville, and many other locations next year!
There was a great review from our friends over at Citizensvoice.com and some photos by Peter Dervin.
The ceremony is held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on November 19th, and the Latin Grammy Awards air on the Univision Network from 8-11 PM ET/PT on November 20th, so set your DVRs!
This event is the signature event in the Hispanic Heritage Month and it is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation who convene to network while celebrating the achievements of the Latino community.
The evening's festivities include musical entertainment, remarks by figures of national prominence, and recognition of CHCI's highest honors.
After President Barack Obama spoke to the crowd, Los Lobos got to play a set to close out the night! What an awesome experience!!! Check out some of these photos from the event, provided by Robert Rodriguez. Here is the President speaking and here is Los Lobos playing their set.
The festival is held in the City of Seattle on Labor Day weekend and has an eclectic mix of performers, arts, crafts, and food/drink.
You can view the full photo album of Los Lobos at Bumbershoot here, on Facebook, courtesy of Peter Dervin Photography.
Mariachi El Bronx, a punk group from LA got the evening started and feet were already moving before Los Lobos took to the stage! It was difficult to try to fit everyone's favorites in but I'm sure all who were there agreed that the setlist was one that you just couldn't sit down on! The Latin hip-hop/rock group Ozomatli kept up this pace too and also welcomed a few special guests on stage during their set that included former members Cut Chemist, MC Jabu Smith-Freeman and Kanetic Source.
Great night all around!
Check out some great photos from the event at: Cinco de Mayo 2014 Photos
Be in with the chance to win a signed acoustic guitar by the whole band, and one of ten chances to win a signed copy of the Deluxe CD/DVD featuring 5 live performances in New York City!
Contest details at: http://www.loslobos.org/site/disconnected.shtml
The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray this November 19th. Both versions feature nearly five hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from this all-star concert. Audio highlights from the festival will be released on CD and digitally, featuring 32 tracks.
This year's festival was held at Madison Square Garden and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes and more!
Check out the DVD and CD track listings below!
DVD Track Listing
1. “Tears In Heaven” - Eric Clapton
2. “Spider Jiving” - Eric Clapton with Andy Fairweather Low
3. “Lay Down Sally” - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
4. “Time Is Tight” - Booker T. with Steve Cropper
5. “Born Under A Bad Sign” - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
6. “Green Onions” - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
7. “Great Big Old House” - The Robert Cray Band
8. “Everyday I Have The Blues” - The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan
9. “Next Of Kindred Spirit” - Sonny Landreth
10. “Cry” - Doyle Bramhall II with Alice Smith
11. “Bullet And A Target” - Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
12. “She’s Alright” - Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
13. “This Time” - Earl Klugh
14. “Mirabella” - Earl Klugh
15. “Heavenly Bodies”- Kurt Rosenwinkel
16. “Big Road Blues” - Kurt Rosenwinkel with Eric Clapton
17. “Next Door Neighbor Blues” - Gary Clark Jr.
18. “Queen Of California”- John Mayer
19. “Don’t Let Me Down”– John Mayer with Keith Urban
20. “Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues” - Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
21. “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad” - The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton
22. “Whipping Post” - The Allman Brothers Band
1. “Congo Square”- Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
2. “Change It” - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
3. “Ooh-Ooh-Ooh” - Jimmie Vaughan
4. “Save The Last Dance For Me” - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
5. “Don’t Worry Baby”- Los Lobos
6. “I Got To Let You Know” - Los Lobos with Robert Cray
7. “The Needle And The Damage Done” - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
8. “Midnight Rider” - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
9. “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”- Vince Gill with Albert Lee
10. “Tumbling Dice” – Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee
11. “Walkin’ Blues” - Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
12. “Diving Duck Blues”- Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
1. “When My Train Pulls In” - Gary Clark Jr.
2. “Please Come Home” - Gary Clark Jr.
3. “Going Down” - Jeff Beck with Beth Hart
4. “Mná Na Héireann”- Jeff Beck
5. “Key To The Highway” – Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
6. “I Shall Be Released” - Eric Clapton with Robbie Robertson
7. “Gin House Blues” - Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
8. “Got To Get Better In A Little While” - Eric Clapton
9. “Crossroads” - Eric Clapton
10. “Sunshine Of Your Love” - Eric Clapton
11. “High Time We Went” - Ensemble
CD Track Listing
1. “Tears In Heaven” - Eric Clapton
2. “Lay Down Sally” - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
3. “Green Onions” - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
4. “Heavenly Bodies”- Kurt Rosenwinkel
5. “This Time” - Earl Klugh
6. “Mirabella” - Earl Klugh
7. “Great Big Old House” - The Robert Cray Band
8. “She’s Alright”- Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
9. “Bullet And A Target”- Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
10. “Queen Of California”- John Mayer
11. “Don’t Let Me Down”– John Mayer with Keith Urban
12. “Next Door Neighbor Blues” - Gary Clark Jr.
13. “Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues” - Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
14. “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad” - The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton
1. “Congo Square”- Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
2. “Change It” - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
3. “Ooh-Ooh-Ooh” - Jimmie Vaughan
4. “Save The Last Dance For Me” - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
5. “Don’t Worry Baby”- Los Lobos
6. “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”- Vince Gill with Albert Lee
7. “Diving Duck Blues”- Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
8. “When My Train Pulls In” - Gary Clark Jr.
9. “Mná Na Héireann”- Jeff Beck
10. “The Needle And The Damage Done” - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
11. “Midnight Rider” - Allman, Haynes, Trucks
12. “Key To The Highway” – Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
13. “Gin House Blues” - Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
14. “Got To Get Better In A Little While” - Eric Clapton
15. “Sunshine Of Your Love” - Eric Clapton
July 26 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Casino
July 27 Manson, WA Mill Bay Casino
July 28 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Resort Casino
Aug 13 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 14 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
Aug 20 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Aug 21 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
The tour will feature Peter Frampton, the Grammy-winning musician performing with friends, celebrated guitarists and other special guests including Steve Cropper, Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vince Gill, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Davy Knowles, Roger McGuinn (founder/lead guitarist of the BYRDS), Richard Thompson, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Vinnie Moore (UFO) and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).
In July, David will be performing with Frampton, guitarist/vocalist/producer Steve Lukather and praised blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Joining the tour in August is acclaimed slide blues guitarist Sonny Landreth opening the show, followed by the legendary B.B. King.
VIP ticket packages, including preferred seating and exclusive merchandise, will be available for purchase. For details, please visit www.frampton.com.
Get your tickets before they're gone and be sure to share your stories and photos afterwards!
FEATURING LOS LOBOS MUSICIANS DAVID HIDALGO AND LOUIE PÉREZ
March 27, 2013, 7:30 P.M.
$20 General Admission, $15 Autry Members
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 7, 2013 – The Autry National Center presents EvangelineREMIXED, a work-in-progress multimedia play featuring musical performances by Grammy Award–winning Los Lobos musicians David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Set in East L.A. during the late 1960s, Evangeline REMIXED centers on a young Chicana, played by Catherine Lidstone, who is a devoted daughter by day and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. As East L.A. begins to deal with its particular civil rights issues, she must reconcile her individual journey with the need to hold on to her relationship with her family and her neighborhood. Her struggle reflects the shared history of the city and its citizens at a time of enormous social change.
Evangeline REMIXED will debut Pérez not just as one of the project’s originators but also as a featured storyteller and member of the ensemble of actors and musicians.Evangeline REMIXED is co-written by Pérez with Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, who direct the production. Pérez and Hidalgo draw on their 40-year catalogue to provide the soundtrack for the play, marking the first time the songbook is part of an original production. The project also integrates video designed by award-winning cinematographer Claudio Rocha, making Evangeline REMIXED a dynamic live multimedia performance.
“My lyrics have always come from a personal experience populated by people, places, and things from the reality of growing up in a Mexican-American community,” explains Pérez.
“We are pleased to present Evangeline REMIXED as part of our commitment to sharing the diverse stories of the American West through exhibitions and a range of public programs,” said Robyn Hetrick, Director of Public Programs and Events at the Autry. “We’re delighted that in addition to audiences enjoying the evening performance featuring David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, high school students from East Los Angeles will have the opportunity to interact with these artists to help give voice to their own stories and experiences.”
In partnership with About Productions’ Young Theaterworks, a program serving at-risk high school students, the Autry will provide transportation for over 120 students and teachers to attend an open rehearsal of EvangelineREMIXED on Friday, March 22. Students will get an inside look at the production and engage in dialogue with Portillo and Chavez about topics including traditional gender roles in Latino families, the role of youth in protest movements, and their personal identification with the stories being told. A tour of the museum will follow, tying in themes from the project with cultural artifacts from the Autry’s collection.
General admission tickets for the performance are $20 for general admission and $15 for Autry members. Admission includes a post-play discussion for all attendees. A private reception with Pérez and Hidalgo will also take place following the performance. Tickets for the program plus the post-performance reception are $50 and support the education programs of About Productions. For tickets or information, please visit TheAutry.org.
"'When The Circus Comes' is the story of two lifelong friends who have a falling out over something really stupid and risk losing all the history they have together," Los Lobos drummer and guitarist Louie Perez says.
Read more and see the video here:
For more info on the 20th anniversary editions, click here.
On February 24, 2006, Los Lobos performed their seminal album Kiko in its entirety at the House Of Blues in San Diego, CA. Kiko Live captures the band in peak performance as they faithfully re-create the mood and magic of their most critically acclaimed work. Available on CD, DVD, or Blu-ray/CD combo.
Shout! Factory is proud to reissue a remastered and expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the landmark album, Kiko, which contains five previously unreleased bonus tracks and a new essay by journalist and longtime friend of the band, Luis Torres. Originally released in 1992, Kiko was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as the band's defining moment, the album that put Los Lobos back on track in terms of innovation and exploration. Kiko was produced by Mitchell Froom, who received a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year for his work on the album. Dubbed one of the albums of the decade by The Wall Street Journal, "the album of the year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and one of "The Essential Recordings of the '90s" by Rolling Stone, Los Lobos also took home an MTV Music Video Award for Breakthrough Video for "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" in 1993.
The Ride Festival is giving away two nights lodging at the Aspen Street Inn and a pair of two-day passes to the inaugural Telluride RIDE Festival coming to Telluride, Colorado on August 25th and 26th, 2012!
Check this link for entry information: http://www.telluride.com/201229/ride-festival-contest .
This year's festival, "Solazu", will celebrate the rich literary heritage of our neighbors to the south: Latin America and the Caribbean. Traveling the spine, seas, and islands of the Americas, Aspen Summer Words 2012 will explore one of the most ancient and diverse regions on the planet. With leading Latin American and Caribbean authors at the helm, our festival will traverse vast distances, 14 millennia, 51 territories, 6500 miles, and more than 1000 languages to reveal the soulful stories that unite us all.
In many respects, The Three Louies are representative of the the arc of the Chicano experience in America. They were all distilled in the cauldron of strident activism of the 1970s. They all made their way through public schools that generally regarded Mexicans as somehow unworthy and incapable. They learned how to get the most out of education. And they all made a dent in the fields they entered, always remembering to smile and cause others to do the same.
More subtle than the Three Stooges, more bilingual than the Three Musketeers, and funnier than Manny, Moe and Jack -- The Three Louies will make you laugh, will make you cry, will make you remember, and maybe provide just a tiny bit of insight into the wacky world that is the human condition. The Three Louies: An evening of fun and maybe even some frolic.
Not too dissimilar from the beginnings of Middle Brother, McCauley decided he wanted to make another record during some downtime in his new home base of Nashville with producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick). While attending a Los Lobos show (one of his all-time favorite bands), he made his way backstage and met Steve Berlin. McCauley convinced Berlin to come to Nashville to play on the record. Over the course of the next month, he also managed to convince Saint Pé (whom he'd met once before), Morris (who had opened for Deer Tick on tour) and Dufresne (a good friend from his hometown of Providence, RI). McCauley also recruited Deer Tick keys/sax player Robbie Crowell to play bass on the album.
What happened next was entirely unexpected; the musicians McCauley had recruited to play on his record ended up contributing their own songs to the album, and a fully-formed band emerged rather than a group of musicians playing on another artists' record.
The Diamond Rugs debut long player is out now. It was recorded in Nashville and produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick).
The Multimedia presentation features the songbook of Hidalgo and Perez, and is inspired by their song "Evangeline."
Evangeline... a devoted daughter by day, a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. The journey of self-discovery by a young Chicana, whose neighborhood roots and make believe world collide when she experiences the West Side art scene and the music of the Sunset Strip, is set against the 1968 student walkouts in East L.A. and the flight for equal education and civil rights.
After a nearly three year development process, Evangeline's first theatrical run ends with a matinee performance on Sunday, May 27th in Los Angeles, CA, but the company hopes to tour other communities in the near future! For remaining dates and to purchase tickets visit the Bootleg Theatre's ticket office.
For more information, visit: http://aboutpd.org/evangeline/evangeline-the-queen-of-make-believe. To bring this show to your community, contact: Kimiko Tokita at Kimiko@whitecrowe.net.
This is the first year of hopefully many for The Ride Festival, which happens at Telluride Town Park on August 25th & 26th, in Telluride, CO. The festival is presented by KotoFM with Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Telluride Productions.
There are late night shows to be announced which will require a separate ticket. VIP, camping and RV passes will be available, with updated information on these to be released soon.
Los Lobos is playing on Sunday, August 26th, and the final lineup and schedule will be announced in June. Gates will open at noon each day with music until 11 PM on Saturday and 10 PM on Sunday.
Weekend passes onsale is Friday, May 25th at 10 AM mountain time. If any single day passes are left they will be sold in June, date TBA. Camping, VIP and RV passes will go on sale . More ticketing info and purchasing links can be found on The Ride Festival's tickets page.
Keep up to date with The Ride Festival via their website, Facebook, or by following @ridefestival on Twitter. You can drop in and check out all the bands on The Ride Festival's music sampler page on Facebook as well.
The festival is being presented by KOTO FM Community Radio.
Good Luck, Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you at the show!
Jan 12 - Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima, WA
Jan 13 - Edmonds Center For The Arts, Edmonds, WA
Jan 14 - Cascade Theatre, Redding, CA
Jan 15 - The Center For The Arts, Grass Valley, CA
Jan 17 - Laxson, Chico, CA
Jan 18 - Can Duzer Theater, Arcata, CA
Jan 20 - Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Lancaster, CA
Jan 21 - Downey Civic Theatre, Downey, CA
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To read the full news update, including videos of David Hidalgo with Marc Ribot and Alejandro Escovedo, plus a new "Three Louies" show, click here.
David and Louie will be performing a run of "Stories and Songs" performances at a few select venues coming up this November and we are celebrating by giving away a pair of tickets to the shows in Minneapolis and Mikwaukee!
To enter to win send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the date you want to go and your full name for will call. The participating dates are listed below.
We will email the winner a week before each date to let them know that they won!
On July 12, Appleseed Recordings will release "Use Me," a new CD by master roots musician David Bromberg. The concept of the CD was for David to contact some of his favorite musicians and request that they provide him with a song to record, produce the track, and play on it.
Los Lobos were gracious enough to provide a new version of "The Long Goodbye," the Hidalgo/Perez co-write that's the title song of their duo album, for this project. The band also produced the track and play all instruments on it except the dobro, played by David.
More information and purchase links can be found here on David's website
Sound samples are available on CD Baby
The 2011 edition of the Experience Hendrix concert tour, presented by Fender guitars, launches in May with an all-star lineup, including Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo, of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix.
The dates that David and Caesar are playing are as follows:
Join our Community Forum as we explore the Chicano Movement, East LA, and L.A. pop culture of the late 60s including theatrical excerpts and live music from Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe.
Forum participants include Louie Perez, Los Lobos musician/songwriter, and co-writer of About Productions' Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe. Evangeline co-writers Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo will also participate along with a panel moderated by KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez. Panelists include professors Josh Kun, Alma Martinez and Victor Viesca.
Excerpts from Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe will be followed by panel comments and a public talk-back. Set to premiere in 2012, the project, set in the late 60s, features the songbook of David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos. Quetzal Flores has re-imagined the Los Lobos material for Evangeline, and will provide musical direction for the Forum's live music.
FREE!! WED, APRIL 13, 2011 @ 7 PM at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum
Running now through April 4th, for every sale of the soundtrack for the hit animated film Rango, $1 dollar will be donated to Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern California. Contributions will help support the JA mission, which helps teach young people how to build the foundation for financial responsibility and success in life.
Buy your copy now on itunes or wherever music is sold and support a great foundation while you get your Rango on!
Rango, the animated comedy featuring Johnny Depp as the voice of leading lizard Rango, hit theaters this past weekend and quickly moved to be the #1 movie in America.
Entertaining to both kids and adults alike, it is a inspired comic western using brilliant animations to pull in the viewer and get you really involved.
The soundtrack, featuring Los Lobos, has also received similar rave reviews with one customer saying, "This is one of the few soundtracks that works brilliantly within the movie but can also entertain on its own. And the movie is so much fun that all together create such a beautiful nod to the classic spaghetti westerns."
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Los Lobos joins Tom Brokaw and Pat Summerall to be Honored at WFUV 90.7 FM's Annual Spring Gala May 2, 2011 in New York City. The band will be feted as WFUV's "Artist of the Year" and receive the WFUV Sound & Vision Award.
The benefit in support of New York's "Rock and Roots" public radio station will be held at Three Sixty in Tribeca in New York City. An anticipated audience of more than 400 donors will be treated to a mini-concert by Los Lobos. "We may be a band from East L.A., but we love New York, and we especially love WFUV," said David Hidalgo. "They don't just play our music, they always make a home for it on the radio. No matter what we do, we know that WFUV--and their listeners--will get what we're all about."
Gala Info & Tickets
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit www.wfuv.org/gala or call 212-930-8898.
New tour dates have been added to the tour page and 2011 is ramping up to be an exciting year for Los Lobos. Upcoming dates have them sharing the stage with artists like Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Los Lonely Boys and includes dates abroad in Europe and Australia. They also have a few festivals already on the calendar for the summer. Purchase your tickets now!
Also, a special date is coming up for David Hidalgo who is reuniting with Los Cenzontles on March 4th, for a special concert benefiting youth art programs. Don't miss this special event. Find more information and ticket purchase links on our tour page.
Tonight, Wednesday, January 5th, Los Lobos' song "Yo Canto" will be featured on the hit television show Law & Order: Los Angeles.
And tomorrow night, Thursday, January 6th, don't forget to watch the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the band joins the show again as the highlighted music act!
Check your local listings for the time in your city and don't forget to set your television recorders!
Set your television recorders! Los Lobos to rock Conan tonight, Tuesday 12/21, with "some sweet jams" off their new album, Tin Can Trust! Also, it looks like they bumped into Minty the Candy Cane That Fell On The Ground. Tune in tomorrow night too to see what happened.
Los Lobos will no longer be performing in Jamaica in March of 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The band was recently offered the support slot on the Eric Clapton tour, and this was an opportunity we could not pass up. We are so appreciative to our friends in Little Feat for offering us these shows and for being so understanding of the situation. We promise to make it up to them and to our fans in the future. The legendary Toots and the Maytals will take Los Lobos' place.
Please visit our Tour Page for an up-to-date listing of our upcoming tour dates.
Congratulations are in order! Los Lobos have been nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for their critically acclaimed album Tin Can Trust. Track “Do The Murray” is up for Best Rock Instrumental, and Tin Can Trust has been nominated for Best Americana Album. Tune in to CBS on February 13th to watch the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Show!Tour & Appearance Updates – Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Eric Clapton & Conan Los Lobos has added quite a bit to their tour schedule recently. Check below for the highlights and make sure to visit the Tour page for the complete list of upcoming dates.
If you haven't picked up a copy of Tin Can Trust yet, do it now and get 20% off for the holidays! This includes the limited-edition lithograph and T-shirt bundles! If you have already purchased yours, why not give a copy of one of the most acclaimed albums of the year to that special music lover in your life? Happy Holidays!Click here to view all special packages.
National Public Radio’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. You can find your local station here or you can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream at www.xpn.org/music-artist/xpn-stream.
Late in the day, the audio should also be available on the NPR website here.
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The band will be celebrating their new album's release with three performances in their hometown of Los Angeles. On Monday, August 23 they will appear on “Lopez Tonight,” on Tuesday, August 24 they will perform on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” and on Wednesday, August 25 they’ll perform at Hollywood’s Amoeba Records.
The band has lots of great shows scheduled all the way up until New Years in NYC! You can get the full details on the Tour page at www.loslobos.org/site/tour.shtml.
To find your local NPR station, listen to the interview online, or read more details click HERE
Check out the following rave reviews of the new album Tin Can Trust!
Be part of the audience at a free videotaping of a Los Lobos live performance! Only the first 300 fans who show up at the venue get in.
Join us on Tuesday, July 20th at 3:00 PM @ Nick’s Taste of Texas, located at 545 N Citrus Ave. Covina, CA 91723. (Cross street is E. San Bernadino Rd.)
We hope to see you there!
Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: “We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.”
The members of Los Lobos are Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez
The 11 tracks on Tin Can Trust offer the perfect balance of Los Lobos’ parts: the band’s lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Pérez (guitar, drums, vocals), David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals), Cesar Rosas (guitar, vocals) and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals), each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
Seven songs on the album are distinguished and genius Hidalgo-Pérez collaborations, including the opening track “I’ll Burn It Down,” which features a guest vocal harmony from blues-rocker Susan Tedeschi. Three others were written in whole or in part by Rosas – including the album’s two Spanish-language numbers: the cumbia “Yo Canto” and the norteño “Mujer Ingrata” – and display Los Lobos’ signature seamless infusion of Mexican folk songs into rock music. Also included in Tin Can Trust – a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway” – offering a nod to the bands’ shared history that extends back into the 1980s when the Angelenos befriended and opened shows for their northern peers.
As with every new recording Los Lobos makes, Tin Can Trust moves Los Lobos into yet another new dimension while simultaneously sounding like no one else in the world but Los Lobos. Los Lobos’ unified vision and strong work ethic are evident throughout the self-produced album, but so is something even greater: “an intuitiveness,” says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Louie Pérez, “that happens only from being in a band for so long.” As Rolling Stone once wrote, “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.”
Look for Los Lobos on tour this summer in support of Tin Can Trust. Stay tuned to www.loslobos.org for up-to-minute information.
Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
Cesar and David will join the tour for the following dates:
March 7 at the Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, AZ
March 12 at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, NV
March 18 at The Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL
For full show details, including ticket info, please check the Tour page. For more information on the tour you can visit www.experiencehendrixtour.com.
Check out the full list of concerts in 2009 and 2010:
November 28 at Cache Creek Casino Club 88 - Brooks, California
November 29 at Van Duzer Theater - Arcata, California
December 5 at the International Book Fair - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
December 10 at Cascade Theatre - Redding, California
December 11 at the Fillmore - San Francisco, California
December 12 at the Fillmore – San Francisco, California
December 31 at City Winery – New York, New York (at 8 pm and 11 pm)
January 9 at Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, California
*(fan club pre-sale starts on November 24th at 10:00 EST)
January 22 at Alys Robinson Stephens PAC - Birmingham, Alabama
January 23 at Riley Center For Performing Arts - Meridian, Mississippi
January 30 at Royce Hall UCLA - Los Angeles, California (at 2 pm and 8 pm)
February 6 at Magic City Casino Amphitheater - Miami, Florida
February 11 at Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom - Snoqualmie, Washington
March 19 at The Hemmens Cultural Center - Elgin, Illinois
March 20 at The Center For Performing Arts - University Park, Illinois
March 22 at Bass Performance Hall - Fort Worth, Texas
March 24 at Shaftman Performance Center - Roanoke, Virginia
March 25 at Page Auditorium - Durham, North Carolina
March 27 at Keswick Theatre – Glenside, Pennsylvania
March 28 at Bardavon 1869 Opera House - Poughkeepsie, New York
*(fan club pre-sale starts on November 24th at 10:00 EST)
March 31 at Gallo Center For The Arts - Modesto, California
April 1 at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California
*(fan club pre-sale starts on November 24th at 10:00 EST)
April 2 at Sunset Center – Carmel, California
April 3 at Lincoln Theater – Yountville, California
Said Walt Disney Records President David Agnew, “Los Lobos' unique style and musical vision make them one of the all-time great American bands We are honored that Los Lobos have chosen to celebrate Disney's musical legacy in such a joyous and beautiful way. Disney songs are classics precisely because they can be reinterpreted by iconic artists like this, generation after generation."
With millions of records sold over the course of their 36-year career, Los Lobos is known for ignoring the conventions of popular music. Their family-friendly Disney Sound CD is no different. The band takes on timeless songs like “Heigh-Ho” (from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), “I Wan'na Be Like You” and “Bare Necessities” (from “The Jungle Book”), “Not in Nottingham” and “Oo-De-Lally” (from “Robin Hood”) “Cruella De Vil” (from “101 Dalmatians”), “Bella Notte” (from “Lady and the Tramp”) and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (from “Song of the South”).
Los Lobos also throws in some surprises, performing “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room,” songs familiar to Disneyland fans who have experienced the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Other songs featured on the CD include “I Will Go Sailing No More” (from “Toy Story”), “The Ugly Bug Ball” (from “Summer Magic”) and an instrumental medley of “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “It's a Small World.” On the album, the band breaks out instruments unique to Mexican culture, including hidalguera, requinto, jarocho, jarana, guitarron and bajo sexto.
Composed of singer/guitarists David Hidalgo, Louie Perez and Cesar Rosas, singer/bassist Conrad Lozano, sax player Steve Berlin and drummer Cougar Estrada, Los Lobos filtered rock, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and Norteño, crafting a distinctive sound all their own.
Steve Berlin adds: "We're all really happy with it. The kids record doesn't sound like a kids record. It just sounds like Los Lobos playing funky old songs, so I imagine over time we'll probably be integrating some of those songs into our set." The band will be touring throughout the fall.
The triple-Grammy Award winners released their debut album in 1978. The band broke wide with 1984's critically acclaimed “How Will the Wolf Survive?” In 1987, they released their follow-up, “By the Light of the Moon,” and also recorded Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack to the film “La Bamba.” Their version of the title track became a #1 hit for the band. Over the years, Los Lobos has released over a dozen albums, including the 2006 critically-acclaimd Hollywood Records album The Town and the City, live recordings, soundtracks and retrospectives.
Los Lobos Goes Disney will be available wherever music is sold on October 27. For more information, please visit www.disneyrecords.com or www.loslobos.org.
Los Lobos Goes Disney will be officially released on October 27, but it is available for pre-order now exclusively on Amazon.com.
"We're honored to work with Los Lobos, a band that we've all been fans of for years, and that has a rich history of unbelievable music. We're thrilled to be releasing their next project," says Garson Foos, President of Shout! Factory.
Celebrating 36 years together, the East L.A. vets are marking a new milestone with the commencement work on their 18th record, the highly anticipated debut on Shout! Factory and follow-up to the lauded 2006 release The Town and The City, which drew four-star reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Independent, and many others.
Not one to repeat the same formula twice, what kind of record Los Lobos will make next is anyone's guess. "We never really plan any album," says Los Lobos' saxophonist/keyboardist/percussionist and producer Steve Berlin. "Like with Kiko and Colossal Head (the quintet's 1992 and 1996 heady opuses that broke artistic ground both times), we just played the songs that showed up, naturally. With each project, we try to make our songwriting an artistic statement, where the stories we're telling and the arrangements we're composing get our point across. But to a certain extent, we make our songs opaque, mysterious. We leave it up to the listener to interpret . . . . That's the highest purpose of artists, we think - not to rob the spirit out of the work."
In the meantime, look for Los Lobos on tour. For a handful of select shows only, these prolific musicians have traded their plugged instruments for their guitarrones, jaranas, and bajo sextos for a stunning set list of acoustic verve.
Along with Los Lobos this year's schedule features Umphrey's McGee, Moe., and many more great acts.
The broadcast will be in high quality Adobe Flash. To ensure the best viewing experience possible, please ensure that you have Flash 10 installed on your computer, and are connected to a 768 Kbps connection or better.
Be the Change is a groundbreaking multi-tiered youth vote campaign providing a direct role for artists who support Obama to increase voter turnout. Through pre-recorded messages, musicians will alert their fans to vote on Election Day. Artists may also choose to send follow-up messages to their fans detailing their personal reasons for supporting Sen. Obama in the days leading up to the election. These unique messages give musicians an opportunity to personally reach out to their fans and start a bi-directional conversation with their fans about issues and politics.
“This election is THE pivotal moment of our time.” says saxophonist Steve Berlin. “We can move forward and try to correct the heinous imbalance of the past eight years, or continue the policies that have brought near ruin to the planet, destroyed our financial well being, conflated the rule of law and damaged our standing in the world community. We urge our fans and all of those who care to get out and vote (early if at all possible!) for Barack Obama and drag someone with you when you go.”
By leveraging the power of online music communities, Music for Democracy is engaging segments of the youth vote that are overlooked by traditional campaign operations. This extends beyond the college campuses where the majority of the young voter outreach is taking place. Only about 20% of the youth vote (18-29) lives on a college campus. Although 2008 has been called the "Year of the Young Voter," funding for youth vote groups is only a quarter of what it was in 2004. “Be the Change” reaches out to the non-college youth voter where they are most likely to be found, online and on their cell phones.
Central to this GOTV outreach is the Be the Change widget, a simple, portable application that can be embedded on nearly any website. The widget allows a user to sign up for calls, emails and other outreach from participating artists on Social Networking Sites (SNS) like Myspace and Facebook. An estimated 18.6 million social networking accounts are held by 18 to 24 year olds; and forty-two percent of people ages 18 to 29 use the internet to learn about politics, making the social networking websites (SNS) an ideal vehicle for targeting the youth vote.
“Los Lobos is a fantastic addition to the Be the Change Project,” said Bear Kittay, National Director of Music for Democracy. “This project is using new technologies to break down the barriers between politically engaged musicians and their fans, and with such an extensive online community, Los Lobos can help us target those untapped voters, and make a quantifiable impact on Election Day.”
Be the Change provides a direct role for Obama-supporting musicians in GOTV efforts. Through the site, artists send telephone messages to their fans detailing their personal reasons for supporting Barack Obama. Fans can reply and discuss the election -- all over the phone. These unique messages give musicians an opportunity to personally reach out to their fans, create a meaningful endorsement, and normalize the discussion of politics.
The final component of the GOTV project is the Be the Change Rockstar Contest. In this contest, fans are given the power to recruit friends and family to earn points. "Rockstar" fans who are the most motivated win a live phone call from their favorite artist on Election Day. The contest will expand MFD’s ability to target and engage young voters by capturing the contact and demographic information of everyone that participates through this peer-to-peer outreach.
Here's how to get it: http://loslobosmerchandise.com/hidalgoperez/cds.php
celebrates global awareness, culture, and youth leadership by activating music fans, artists, and
progressive thinkers throughout the Northwest for a weekend of improvisational fun. Catch Steve playing with members of Galactic, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The String Cheese Incident and many others on May 16 & 17. For more information visit www.pangaeabenefit.org.
recorded via telephone. listen in as steve makes breakfast for his children and tells his story to piratepods' hannah lazar, iron jack, and carlos. this east la band has withstood the test of time from the 70's to today, traveled the world, dabbled in movies, and stolen our hearts.
Mellencamp and his band -- Mike Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Dane Clark (drums), John Gunnell (bass), Miriam Sturm (violin) and Troye Kinnett (keyboards) have just completed work on tracks for a new, as yet untitled album recorded at Mellencamp’s Belmont Mall studio, near Bloomington, IN, produced by T Bone Burnett. While a broad spectrum of Mellencamp’s repertoire, reflecting four decades of recording, will be represented in the fall tour dates, it is also expected that some of the unreleased songs from the new sessions will be previewed as well.
Likewise, Los Lobos -- Cesar Rosas, Louie Pérez, Steve Berlin, Conrad Lozano and David Hidalgo -- will be highlighting songs from the breadth of their career, including their latest album Town and City, using musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage.
On Thursday of this week (9/6) Mellencamp will perform on NBC’s NFL kickoff telecast on immediately preceding the Indiana Colts vs. New Orleans Saints’ season opener. Following that, Mellencamp will journey to New York’s Randall’s Island where, on Sunday, September 9th, he will perform as part of this year’s Farm Aid 2007: A Home Grown Festival along with his Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds plus The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry and others.
"He was the voice of the revolution, like a Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan of South Africa, and he still is." -Dave Matthews
The Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos
Los Lobos isn't just "La Bamba." That impossibly catchy 1987 hit tune defines them to many, but the tapestry this pioneering Latino roots-rock band has weaved is broader than that. The new CD Wolf Tracks: The Best Of Los Lobos presents a handy, compact primer to their sound.
The band from east L.A. absorbs elements of R&B, Mexicana, blues, folk and plain ol' rock 'n' roll into a sonic stew that's uniquely American.
Accordions dance with saxophones, guitars and marimbas with mandolin.
Frontman David Hidalgo's broad, booming voice can croon traditional tunes as well as big-blast rockers in English or Spanish or both, wringing real heart out of his songs. Together with Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Pérez and Steve Berlin, Hidalgo crafts an open, inviting sound that's steeped in the dusty, multi-cultural soil of Southern California, a land that's soaked up the influence of dozens of immigrant cultures.
The band's best tunes tell little all-American tales about people from the neighborhood, such as "One Time One Night," which beautifully sums up an immigrant's hopes and fears. Wolf Tracks follows Los Lobos from their earliest EP in 1983 up to 2002's Good Morning Aztlán, with extended stops at some of their biggest hits, 1984's How Will The Wolf Survive and 1987's By The Light of the Moon. It's here you find the band trying on new styles left and right, yet never sounding like anything but themselves.
The very traditional sounding Spanish-language "La Pistola Y El Corazon"
sounds timeless and elegant, while the lonesome bluesy ballad "A Matter of Time" could come from nearly any culture, so universal are its lyrics. Other real highlights on Wolf Tracks are the moody, semi- psychedelic "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" from 1992, which fades in and out like a gauzy dream, while 2002's "Good Morning Aztlán" thunders along like the gritty soundtrack to a road trip down never-ending sun- drenched dirt roads. The CD also includes the live gem "Volver, Volver"
and the previously unreleased track "Border Town Girl."
And of course, there's "La Bamba," the remake of Richie Valens' hit classic from the film of the same name. It's still a hooky treat, and it's so addictive that I swear I didn't ever notice until recently it doesn't contain a word of English (I admit I'm not always real observant). "La Bamba" doesn't sum up Los Lobos' sound -- no one song here really can -- but it's still a great single.
With 20 tracks trying to cover a 30-plus year career, Wolf Tracks can't quite be comprehensive, and die-hards will surely have favorites that didn't get on. The earlier box set Just Another Band From East L.A.
remains the definitive overview for those who want to dig deeper. Wolf Tracks only has three tunes from after 1992, covering three albums'
worth of songs. The band's output has slowed since their 1980s heyday, yet they've still put out some solid material on later albums.
Yet for a novice to Los Lobos, Wolf Tracks is a winning survey of an eclectic legacy, one of the richest roots-rock bands around. Wolf Tracks is worth howling about.