Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning East L.A. band, is on tour this summer in support of a brand new studio album. The new release, titled Tin Can Trust will hit streets on August 3, 2010. The band’s summer schedule brings them coast to coast, including a run of select shows with John Hiatt & The Combo. A complete list of currently confirmed dates is included below.
With Tin Can Trust—Los Lobos’ first release for Shout! Factory and first collection of new original material in four years— the venerable quintet once again redefines itself and expands its scope, while never losing sight of where they come from. And, like so much of Los Lobos’ previous work, Tin Can Trust is an album that speaks to the time and place in which it was conceived; the album’s title can be traced back more than a century, but for the band, it’s apt for the rickety state in which so many of us find ourselves—and our world—today.
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.”
Livingston Leo’s earliest memories are of driving around in the back of his mother’s Vista Cruiser, listening to 77 WABC from New York City, and singing every word to every song with his Mom. “As I grew up, I remembered all the words to all the oldies, all the top forty hits from the 60’s and 70’s. These songs made an intimate and lasting impression on me.”
Born Leonard Meranus in Brooklyn, Leo moved to Livingston, New Jersey in 1968, and considers himself a native son of New Jersey. His father is a 45 year veteran of the Madison Avenue advertising business and a fine painter, his mother is a prima donna of New Jersey community theater. Leo’s home was brimming with creativity. At 13 Leo picked up the guitar and became consumed with playing 12 bar blues, making funny rhymes and calling them songs. Although he became proficient enough to play open mics and college parties, he realized that it was his salesmanship that set him apart. So, Leo became a manager.
After a short stint with a nightclub show band, Leo met Popa Chubby at Manny’s Car Wash in New York City. “I thought he was, by far, the best entertainer in NYC. So, I asked him if I could book him some gigs. Surprisingly, he answered with a resounding ‘YES’.” That relationship lasted five hectic years, Chubby was signed by EPIC/Okeh, and Lenny and Popa Chubby toured the USA relentlessly. Leo moved on to manage Debbie Davies and others. And then for two wonderful years he was hired to travel with Los Lobos.
All this time Leo was listening, learning, writing and playing with some of America’s greatest musicians. Members of Los Lobos, and his good friend, drummer Rich Monica Jr., encouraged him, and he began to develop his own Livingston Leo persona, his own schtick. “When I looked at all the songs I had written, it became obvious where my passion was. I realized my strongest material was about BBQ’N and food, two of my favorite pastimes.” Leo began refining his work, and performing at better and better venues in New Jersey and New York. He recently co-wrote a song with Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes.
Livingston Leo has just completed his first full-length record, “BBQ’N With My Baby”.
With monthly gigs at Dinosaur BBQ and the Parkside Lounge, Livingston Leo’s band has built a strong and loyal following.
And there’s much more to come.