T Bone Burnett – A Life In Pursuit

I add this book to my list of books to own. I admire and respect T Bone Burnett. He and Rick Rubin have the “midas touch” when it comes to the recording process. Their unique ear for music is our listening benefit.

This first critical appreciation of T Bone Burnett reveals how the proponent of Americana music and producer of artists ranging from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to B. B. King and Elvis Costello has profoundly influenced American music and culture.

Los Lobos Tandem Release September

I have wondered what was going on with the next Los Lobos studio album. Now I know. The album is called “Gates of Gold”  and will be released on September 25th. You may sample all the tracks on the music player on the 429 Records Los Lobos Web page previously mentioned.

The “Gates of Gold” track listing is as follows:

  1. Made to Break Your Heart
  2. When We Were Free
  3. Mis-Treater Boogie Blues
  4. There I Go
  5. Too Small Heart
  6. Poquito Para Aqui
  7. Gates of Gold
  8. La Tumba Sera El Final
  9. Song of the Sun
  10. I Believed You So
  11. Magdalena

The Gates of Gold recording will be complemented by a new book Los Lobos, Dream In Blue authored by their old friend, Chris Morris, published by The University of Texas Press.

Los Lobos discusses the tandem product release at The Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, CT.

I look forward to next month’s new Los Lobos content with great anticipation 😉 Peace, Ese

Los Lobos, Dream in Blue By Chris Morris

Thankfully we have university publishing houses who support and publish important, relevant books about music. One such university publisher is the University of Texas Press. They have an American Music Series which features a half-dozen titles to date.

The book in that series I want to bring to your attention is Los Lobos, Dream In Blue by Chris Morris. This is the first major book dedicated to the eclectic spirit of Los Lobos. A useful cultural history that is sure to please fans and musicologists alike.

Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early 1980s, to recount the evolution of Los Lobos’s music. He describes the creation of every album, lingering over highlights such as How Will the Wolf Survive?, La Pistola y El Corazon, and Kiko, while following the band’s trajectory from playing Mexican folk music at weddings and dances in East L.A. to international stardom and major-label success, as well as their independent work in the new millennium.

From the East Los Angeles barrio to international stardom, Los Lobos traces the musical evolution of a platinum-selling, Grammy Award–winning band that has ranged through virtually the entire breadth of American vernacular music, from traditional Mexican folk songs to roots rock and punk.

This book is not published yet. It is due to be released in September 2015. Pre-orders can be placed at UT Press at a 33% discount .

The first book review is available on Kirkus. I am stoked and looking forward to getting my copy and learning all I can about the rich history of Los Lobos.

Thank you Chris Morris for authoring this invaluable music book about Los Lobos. The story that must be experienced.