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Los Lobos To Release ‘Gates Of Gold’, Their 20something Album

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on July 18, 2015

in New Music,News

Los Lobos, the Grammy winning East L.A. legends comprised of David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, are back with an all new full length studio album, Gates of Gold, which will be released September 25 on 429 Records.

Their first collection of new songs since 2010, the album was produced by the band who continue to hone their multi-faceted sound and fresh storytelling.

The 11 tracks showcase a band that continues to keep it real. Their songs are snapshots of true life moments with themes ranging from the immigrant experience in America to melancholic ruminations on impending mortality. The music is as dynamic, eclectic yet distinctive as ever. Thoughtful, darkly romantic and spiritual lyrics are enhanced by slow burning blues rock, impressionistic soul, traditional Mexican folk music or straight ahead garage band jams.

The band will embark on an extensive tour this year in support of the album (see confirmed dates below). In addition, a new biography of the band, Los Lobos — Dream in Blue written by Chris Morris—will be released in September by the University of Texas Press.

Los Lobos are entering their fifth decade, as the humblest of musical icons, having racked up countless accolades for their uncompromising artistry. With four Grammys in hand and the respect and admiration of their musical peers, the band still hearken back to their beginnings as “the soundtrack of the barrio” and remain a cultural touchstone for a community.

Their accomplishment is reflected in the effortlessly spontaneous approach to recording. Says Cesar Rosas: “When I listen to our catalog, doing things more spontaneously in the studio has led to some of our best work.”

Adds Louie Perez: “Unlike many bands that write, gather and catalog material between studio releases, Los Lobos prefers to create their magic on the fly when they decide it’s time to record.”

Track Listing:
Made to Break Your Heart
When We Were Free
Mis-Treater Boogie Blues
There I Go
Too Small Heart
Poquito Para Aqui
Gates of Gold
La Tumba Sera El Final
Song of the Sun
I Believed You So
Magdalena
Tour Dates:
07/17 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara County Fair
07/18 – Palmdale, CA – Palmdale Amphitheatre
07/30 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center Amphitheatre
08/01 – Casper, WY – Beartrap Summer Festival
08/02 – Billings, MT – Magic City Blues Fest
08/07 – Aberdeen, WA – D&R Theatre
08/08 – Arlington , WA – Festival of the River
08/12 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
08/13 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
08/14 – Santa Fe, NM – Buffalo Thunder Casino
08/21 – Breckenridge, CO – Riverwalk Center
08/28 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Botanical Gardens
09/03 – Burlington, VT – Rusty Nail
09/04 – Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
09/05 – Charleston, RI – Rhythm & Roots Festival
09/06 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
09/12 – Urbana , IL – Ellnora Festival
09/13 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
09/18 – Del Mar, CA – Kaaboo Festival
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Levitt Pavilion
09/25 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
09/26 – Winona, MN – Boats and Bluegrass Festival
10/02 – Lincoln City, OR – Chinook Winds Casino
10/09 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center @ UC Davis
10/10 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley Blues Club
11/11 – Henderson, NV – Henderson Pavilion
11/13 – Tacoma, WA – Pantages Theatre
11/14 – Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center for the Arts

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