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Clearwater Artist of the Day: Los Lobos

Los Lobos (PR, courtesy of ClearwaterFestival.org)

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Two albums in the discography of Los Lobos have the phrase, “just another band from East L.A.” in the title. This is simply not true. While they are from East Los Angeles, Los Lobos are far from being “just another band.”

The core members of Los Lobos—David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, César Rosas and Conrad Lozano—came together in high school in 1973. Throughout the 1970s, the group developed its unique sound which combined vintage and mainstream rock with the traditional Mexican music that was an important part of the band members' childhoods.

By the early ‘80s, a buzz began to grow around the band, which led to a recording contract with the seminal Los Angeles label, Slash Records. The first Los Lobos release on Slash was their 1983 EP, …And A Time To Dance, which was co-produced by T Bone Burnett and Steve Berlin. Berlin would then join the band as a full time member. With T Bone Burnett back in the producer’s chair, Los Lobos would release their breakthrough 1984 album, How Will The Wolf Survive?.

Over the next 31 years, Los Lobos would go on to create a singular sound which ranged from traditional Mexican and Spanish music to experimental rock, with dashes of folk, blues, R&B, and country. The five-man lineup of Los Lobos has remained unchanged through the years.

Their latest album, 2013's Disconnected In New York City, is a live celebration of their 40th anniversary, recorded at City Winery. Needless to say, the band's upcoming performance at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival will certainly be a highlight of the weekend.

For more about the Clearwater Hudson River Revival, visit clearwaterfestival.org.