Los Lobos share Jackson Browne’s “Jamaica Say You Will”
Los Lobos will come back with Native sons July 30 via New West Records. The 13-song set was produced by Los Lobos in East Los Angeles and finds the group mapping their musical DNA as a kaleidoscopic selection of homage songs from their homeland, ultimately creating a crucial snapshot of LA’s musical heritage. Having formed in 1973 and starting to perform lively renditions of Mexican folk music at parties and in restaurants, Los Lobos is no stranger to reinterpretation (and if you’ve ever attended one of their legendary live shows, you already know that). These brothers have always had a deep appreciation for diverse music, and they love to take out old gems and make them shine like new.
For all of the pioneering musical groups that have emerged from Los Angeles, very few embody the city’s wildly eclectic spirit with more sincerity than Los Lobos. Over the past five decades, the band from East LA has left an indelible mark in music history by exploring a huge diversity of genres: rock and roll and R&B, surf music and soul, mariachi and música norteña, punk rock and country – and build a daringly unpredictable sound of their own.
With a nod to their neighborhood, Native Sons opens up to the wide-eyed frenzy of “Love Special Delivery” by Thee Midniters, an East LA garage band and one of the premier Chicano rock bands. to have ever recorded a major success in the United States. , it features the favorites and deep cuts from other Los Angeles luminaries such as the Beach Boys, WAR, Buffalo Springfield, The Blasters (who had Steve Berlin as a member before joining Los Lobos) and more. The album’s title track is her only original song, a loving homage to Los Angeles that sounds like home amid so many classic tracks.
Today, Mother Jones created the group’s interpretation of Jackson Browne’s “Jamaica Say You Will”, calling them a “national treasure.” According to the detailed notes on the Native Sons album art, Louie Perez Jr. says, “I used to go to David’s house after school and listen to records with him, and this song always resonated for me – such a beautiful melody. And the narrative was something I was drawn to. The narration. This song in particular inspired me to write from soul-searching – and I saw that my songs could be personal, but I could still write them to be universal. To this day, that’s the model. “
The National Endowment for the Arts also recently named Los Lobos to its new class of National Heritage Fellows. The honor recognizes individuals and groups who represent the richness and breadth of America’s folk and traditional arts and supports their continued contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.
As with their entire catalog, Native Sons reveals Los Lobos’ ability to merge genres and styles with both sophistication and playful spontaneity, an element that is perfectly reflected in the album’s unbridled joy. “I played it for a friend and his first response was that it’s a party record, which I think is fair,” Hidalgo says. Beyond this undeniable quality of well-being, Native Sons essentially serves as a love letter to Los Angeles and the endless possibilities to be found when all boundaries are broken. “I can’t say there is a common thread running through all of these artists, but in a way that’s exactly what makes LA great,” says Berlin. “You’ve got R&B, punk rock, rock and roll, and folk, and somehow it exists together in this weird town we all call home. “
Los Lobos also announced tour dates 2021 and 2022 in support of Native Sons. The extensive tour includes a special Costa Mesa show with X & The Blasters on August 1, as well as performances with The Mavericks, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle & The Dukes and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Please see all Los Lobos dates, with more to add, below.
Quickly finding their place on the punk / college-rock scene of LA, Los Lobos began sharing bills with bands like Public Image Ltd. and the Circle Jerks. After making their major label debut with How Will the Wolf Survive ?, critically acclaimed in 1984, they achieved triumphs such as a successful cover of Ritchie Valens’ signature song “La Bamba” at the biopic of 1987 of the same name, winning three Grammy Awards, collaborating with figures including Elvis Costello and Ry Cooder, and achieving huge critical acclaim around the world.
Los Lobos’ Native sons will be available on digital platforms, compact discs and standard black vinyl. Double LP vinyl editions will be housed in a gatefold sleeve and will include three sides of the music and a personalized engraving on its fourth side. A limited edition of 4,000 copies worldwide clear vinyl Coke Bottle edition will be available at independent record stores, while a limited brown vinyl edition of 1,000 copies is available for preorder NOW through New West Records.
Los Lobos Still Are: David Hidalgo (vocals, guitars) – Louie Pérez, Jr. (vocals, guitars) – Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitars, bass, Hammond B3 organ) – Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass) – Steve Berlin (saxes ), midisax, keyboards)