Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Tin Can Trust

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Tin Can Trust

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TIN CAN TRUST

Los Lobos (Shout Factory!, 2010)

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Former Secretary of Labor Linda Chavez, among others, has argued that current levels of immigration from Mexico are somehow dangerous to the integrity of American culture. Obviously she has not been hanging with Los Lobos. These guys from Last L.A. are the most American band since The Band (most of whom were Canadian). They have perfected a blend of Mexican rhythms and flavors with the blues, country, and garage-band roots that feed the soul of these United States.

Los Lobos is also a Chicano band. In their early days they put aside rock and roll for a while, learned traditional Mexican acoustic instruments, and spent their weekends playing weddings, block parties, and quinceaneras. Their first album, released in 1976, was a benefit project for the United Farmworkers called Si Se Puede! (you can still buy it at ufwstore.com). Then they returned to rock and roll on their own terms as Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles, or Just Another Band from Last L. …

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