Different influences keep emerging the longer you make records. Fender recently put out a “mo’ better” copy of the 4×10″; I want to look into that. Being Mexican-Americans, you’re never quite accepted by Mexican nationals. After the show, someone from his entourage handed me the guitar. Yeah, a Turkish oud – great-sounding. David, did you take up accordion the same way Louie learned to play drums – because it was needed for the kind of music you were doing? My two-bit theory is that, in the early years of the sort of Mexican-American renaissance in art, music and dance, in the early ’70s, a lot of it carried a lot of baggage from the late ’60s, when it was more of a separatist mentality and an “us against them” sort of attitude. After 10 years, you’re not going to put out classified ads. (read more at Wikipedia) His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion.In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists' releases. David: With the mics and everybody plugged into one amp. I took it for granted that the bridge from a Fender electric 12-string would work, but the spacing was too narrow. Hidalgo, who has played on two previous Dylan albums, wasn’t expecting to add his Mexican instruments to the new project. I should have bought Paul McCartney’s Les Paul. Everybody did something real simple, and if you heard them individually the parts almost didn’t make sense. I think he was a big fan of Jesse Ed Davis; it changed his way of playing. It was cool. It wasn’t until around ’88; we went to Thailand, and for five bucks I bought the whole ZZ Top catalog on bootleg cassettes. And Jimmy Reed. And I just did the best I could for a long time – until things started to get where we really wanted to push it a bit. Didn’t know it would take this long to put it together, but that’s just the way it worked. We had to not only educate them about what was going on and what happened in East L.A. – I’m talking about the second generation of kids – but also explain that there were a lot of gifted musicians in East L.A. Tired of the cover-band scene in East Los Angeles, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez and Cesar Rosas – four recent graduates of Garfield High in East L.A. – formed Los Lobos in 1973, with the specific intent to play the traditional Mexican folk music of their ancestors. I also use a Squier Telecaster that I found for 100 bucks at Guitar Center, and it felt great, so Bill Asher gutted it and made a real one out of it. In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician for other artists’ releases. I’ve got Pro Tools, but we use it kind of as a side thing. The type of music that was fashionable in that region was norteno music, similar to Tex-Mex conjunto. It was 25 years ago that four guys from Garfield High School in East L.A.-David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lozano-formed Los Lobos. Fleetwood Mac, Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape – they were some of my favorite bands. At that point, I took it over to Candelas, when [Porsirio “Candelas” Delgado] was still alive, and he started cracking up. I’ve got to get you an oud, man.” He told me that for years, and about 10 years later he called me up and said, “Hey, I’ve got an oud for you.” It’s a really nice Turkish oud, and he had Rick Turner put a pickup in it. Where he got me was on those Victoria Spivey records, where she had jam sessions in her apartment in Brooklyn. Those are my favorite to record with; they’re amazing. Who were your earliest influences, Dave? He bought Canned Heat and Are You Experienced? It wasn’t until the ’70s that I realized how important he was. David Hidalgo is an american singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles and best known for being the driving vocal and lead guitar force of the legendary East LA band Los Lobos (spanish for “the wolves”). You do everything wrong, but you sound good.” So he took us under his wing, showing us the different strums and instruments. With no new disc to promote for this summer's cross-country jaunt, Los Lobos has chosen to showcase the talents of David Hidalgo. Louie: To look at it in a historical perspective, I think this band really changed a lot of things: the ways people perceived music from Latin people – in our case, Mexican-American people. What exactly is a “Hidalguera”? He was like 200 percent. Are there certain dynamics within the group that have helped you stay together so long? Amazing guitar players. Louie: It’s one of the most elusive, transparent aspects of the band. I was 14 years old, and he was playing at the Hollywood Bowl. But it took a long time. Background information; Birth name: David Kent Hidalgo: Born Though they began as a rockin’ garage band, they quickly took on a new mission: to revitalize Mexican and Chicano folk music for a new generation. I’ve been working with SWR a little bit; I like their cabinet sound. David Kent Hidalgo is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. It’s like a double tenor guitar. I took a piece of paper and wrote down where he was pushing his fingers down, on which frets and strings. David Kent Hidalgo (born October 6, 1954, in Los Angeles ) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. I don’t know how old it is – probably early ’60s. And “Town Hall Party” was filmed in Compton. Jimmy Page, too. Nino Rivera is one of my favorites on tres, and Lino Chavez is a great requinto jarocho player. We opened that door, and nobody seemed to come through. Louie: Gibson was nice enough to give me a ’60 reissue Les Paul goldtop. Think Fender – maple neck, rosewood fingerboard – and then we’ll make the headstock symmetrical like a Gibson. The surging, blues-drenched “Don’t Worry Baby” is a prime illustration of their contrasting styles, with Cesar’s gritty, muscular solo followed by David’s more melodic, ornamental approach. Cesar: Sometimes when we do a song that has a certain Latin twist to it, that sort of helps – to go back in your mind. I really appreciate him doing that. In the middle of the show, [Grateful Dead roadie] Steve Parrish invited me back there, so I sat down with Jerry and talked about Buck Owens and stuff. Of course, their many contributions are much greater. On Thursday 23 July, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem was joined by government and civil society leaders and other experts to discuss this question in the latest Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next? The event will then be streamed on […], What are the impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of African descent and their communities? It’s the arrangement. When you eventually got into playing Mexican folk music and then came back around to rock and roll, did any of the folk styles seep into your electric playing? Four guys from East L.A., but I think we had a huge impact on it, and somehow we have influenced a lot of younger bands. My timing was always kind of funny. Steve Chapman, his guitarist, was my favorite, and [singer] Jack Greene on drums. But I really love the Lakland I’m using; it feels good. I was also influenced a lot by Dave. They could out-swing the rockabilly crowd, play a conjunto polka with the intensity of a punk band, or mine a world’s-best-blues-band-if-they-wanted-to-be groove, and still have options to spare, while maintaining a strong, immediately recognizable identity. I’m playing an early-’60s reissue that Mike McGuire over at the Custom Shop gave me. I just find a spot in there, and I keep it real simple – even if it’s like doubling Conrad’s part. When did you become aware of him? The fondest memory of Jerry, watching him play, was at Giants Stadium. We bravely go where no band has gone (laughs)! All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. David: I’ve got an oud that David Lindley gave me. And they’re like, “Allrriiiight!” (laughs). What am I getting into here?” I’m still afraid of it; I haven’t really touched it yet, but I’ll get to it. Carlos [Santana] was on that, and Willie said, “Excuse me – you with the white pants – what was your name?” He said, “Carlos.” Willie said, “Are you capable of taking a solo?” (laughs). In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a … David: All the guitar playing. I used to take my skateboard there and take guitar lessons. I think when everybody is hitting that spot, we don’t even know what we’re doing at that point, but we all know it’s happening. In the same way that I took up accordion, we took up everything else – as we needed it. When they began playing Hollywood punk and rockabilly clubs, “across the river” from their home base in East Los Angeles, word spread quickly. David: I like those, too. The Documents are instruments of service and are not a “product” or a “good” as defined in the Uniform Commercial Code. I had them add a gain stage so I could play them at a lower volume and still have that tone. “What are you then? Early on, we did a recital at UCLA, and a musician named Art Gerst was there. Conrad: Actually it was – when I was about 15 or 16 – because of the Beatles. Not to sound edifying or anything, but maybe it’s because we made such a big impact at that point.” David: Cal Worthington. The one I’m using now is like a Precision bass, but I have one being made now that’s like a Jazz Bass, like a Joe Osborne copy. He did it, and then I took it home and put a volume pot on it. Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerLos Lobos member Louie Perez, play an acoustic concert with David Hidalgo Friday night at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. My brother was right-handed, so I was playing upside-down for a few years. Those records sound like there were three guitars. It was swing. Louie: Absolutely. We didn’t have any instruments – we just started a band. It’s not anything like today’s country music. That’s another heavy influence in our music. We owe a lot to him. How much different is it using a reissue or a vintage guitar? Louie: When I was a little kid, my mom always had Mexican radio playing, and country music. He should have one – a Turkish oud.” David: What about on the soul side? But it wasn’t until the ’70s, after we went back to the hardcore regional folk music of Mexico and started studying that from the ground up. We always thought that somehow what we did was innately political; it was a big statement in itself. I still can’t play it for ****, but I love it. David Kent Hidalgo is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! If you just find a bass player through a classified ad, there’s no depth or roots or history. b. He does this little stutter on there, and it almost sounds like a mistake, but then he does it twice – like, “I meant to do that.” We got tired of playing so loud. You kind of know what David’s going to do before it happens, or Cesar, or vice-versa, with all of us. Doesn’t play oud. It comes from another place. Jerry Garcia could do all that. I tried different tunings, but most of the time it’s like the top four strings of a guitar, like Nashville tuning: the G strings are octaves; the D is an octave up; and the top two strings are unisons. Conrad: On the soul side, James Jamerson, man. I didn’t know what kind of music it was back then; I just knew it was different than regular rock and roll. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. The intuitive thing with us, after 30 years, is that you can actually feel where the next thing is going to go. Cesar: Obviously, as musicians, you do reach that sometimes. For the most part, I’ve been playing a Les Paul for years, but recently I started getting my Tele back out. I’m really glad that somehow they came around, but we were waiting for them for a long time. I think, for me, it happens when we play in a certain environment – where the people are really with us. When we started doing the Tex-Mex stuff, we got the accordion and a snare drum at first, then the electric bass. Then, I’m really into Fenders and Gibsons and some older basses I have. Cesar: Exactly. Not to be confused with David Hidalgo Jr.. David Hidalgo. Then my brother brought home the first Canned Heat album, with Henry Vestine. That was it, right there – the sound of this album. Louie: I’m tellin’ ya – don’t get me started. Early on, [Moby Grape’s] Jerry Miller was one of my favorites – the first album and Grape Jam. There’s one with Muddy’s band, where Otis Spann is playing organ, and Sammy’s playing the guitar. All the mothers would make food, and they’d hire a group. Then some friends and I started a band. David: We tried doing some of the stuff using an echo harmonica – a double-reed harmonica, almost like an accordion – and kind of fake it that way. I already knew how to play, and I obviously grew up with a lot of musical heroes, but to have a guy in the band who could actually play it and was such a great guitarist, it was like, “God!” Before, whatever song I learned, I’d have to copy the solos off the records the best I could. They were borrowing more from jazz. I liked George Harrison’s playing alot. The fact that the category hadn’t even existed in the awards’ 25-year history could be a coincidence, but as Perez muses, “I don’t even know how it came about. David: Peter Green was cool. There, he has been a creative force exploring the borders … It was funny, because that was such an effective thing Jamerson was doing with that whole [Motown] sound, and nobody knew who he was forever. Hidalgo performing with Los Lobos on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2009. You’ve got some influences that guitarists seldom mention, like Muddy Waters’ guitarist, Sammy Lawhorn. “Wow, this stuff’s really good!” Every so often, all the neighbors would get together and have a dance. We were like gushing – big fans. American singer-songwriter, guitarist, percusionnist, accordion player born October 6, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. All: (laughter) Jimi just hits a chord, and it’s like you can feel the air, you know. He’d go in there and smoke a cigarette or change guitars. Cesar: Early on, in rock and roll, it was Elvis and Scotty Moore. Cesar got a bajo sexto and wanted to play some of the polkas. David: I usually use either a Strat or a Telecaster. And St. George amps. Louie: Guitar, at about 12. Davis Hidalgo has the best tone. Having an inordinate concentration of talent in one group was a big plus. I said, “There’s the greatest oud player in the world. During that period they weren’t as expensive, but Norman has been a good friend and would give me exceptional deals. I think my style comes more out of that now. This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sept. ’04 issue. Cesar: Then we mixed it on another old Nieve console at Cello, which used to be called Western Recorders in the old days. David: I love his playing. I have not seen them live. We came full circle, back to where we started as kids. Then I made it back to guitar. Cesar: I was born in Hermosillo, which is the capitol of Sonora, Mexico, and moved to L.A. when I was nine. There’s something that keeps the enthusiasm alive and the sense of discovery. Holeyboard Pedalboards Unveils New Holeyboard 123 Expandable Pedalboard, Have Guitar Will Travel – 041 Featuring Daniel Donato. Dopaminergic (DA) neurons derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) represent a renewable and available source of cells useful for understanding development, developing disease models, and stem-cell therapies for Parkinson’s disease (PD). I showed that I was really interested in it, and I had some cheapo little nylon-string toy guitar. If he’s leading the song, then we follow him, and we find spots to stay out of the way. You just kind of miss that sound, or it’s something you’re digging at the moment. Cesar, has your studio gotten more elaborate over the years? Never sitting still, the band has a flurry of releases set to follow. Later, somebody said “It’s rockabilly.” Then, of course, the Beatles were a big influence, too, and the Stones, and of course a lot of R&B and soul music – Curtis Mayfield, all the Stax stuff with Steve Cropper. Louie: Then my older sister brought home Beatles records, and a cousin came over with a Ray Charles record, and I never heard anything like that. It’s like we kicked the door in and looked back; we had to walk back out in the hallway, and there was nobody there. It’s interesting that none of you listed Ritchie Valens as an influence. Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists' releases. I am really a Fender guy but everytime I hear Los Lobos recordings I am blown away by what sounds like a Marshall. And they certainly succeeded on a local level. And we’ve been friends for so long, before we had a band, our moms would have our heads if we tried to break up. Louie: When you think about what music is, it’s invisible. By that time I already knew how to play a lot of the basic chords, but I didn’t know what they were called. When we learned about the different instruments, we started to notice that you could get all these things at the pawn shops for 30 or 40 bucks. How could this “new” unknown band be so good? When I’m trying really hard to do something, it’s going to take me a long time. It’s usually kind of just support, and stay out of each other’s way. That gave me an excuse to learn mandolin. After that we tried to go back and play a little softer, so I got into the 4×10 Bassman again, and got a couple of reissues. Conrad: I still love the old ’60s stuff – Mountain, Cream, and all that stuff. Was the solidbody electric bajo quinto custom-made for you? David: Yeah. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. She was from Wyoming; I don’t know if that’s why she listened to country music, but she listened to all those country music marathons that played on Saturday afternoons, sponsored by some local car dealer. There are a lot of amazing young cats now, but back then it still had that almost jazz approach. Louie: I just play a complete supporting role. He’d probably be the best oud player in the world. It may have happened, but I don’t remember as many times that that just happens when you’re by yourself. So the radio was sacred to us. That was his career highlight, he was able, so swiftly, to nail it all right down to just that. But the whole culture was pretty much a shock. We had two bass players, like four guitars, and he just told everybody what to play. That’s an example of, as a group, we discovered him. Was bass your first instrument? I put one together with nylon strings, too. In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion, violin, 6-string banjo, cello, requinto jarocho, percussion, drums and guitar as a … Two retrospectives chronicled the band’s history: the double-set Just Another Band From East L.A. and the four-disc El Cancionero – Mas y Mas. Nunca (feat. It took a whole generation for young musicians to not have to carry all that weight, and just make art and incredible music, which they’re doing now. They were badass basses, man. Today there are the Latin Grammys and a huge growth in awareness and popularity of Latin music, to the point where it actually affects the public’s taste. In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo frequently plays musical instruments such as accordion , violin, 6-string banjo , cello, requinto jarocho , percussion, drums and guitar as a session musician on other artists' releases. And when the Beatles came out, I really liked them. He must have been a kid when he first learned it. Vintage Guitar: As a group, you cover so many styles, you must have a wide range of influences individually. In honor of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary and GivingTuesday, Playing For Change and the  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are thrilled to announce Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, produced by Playing For Change and Blackbird Presents, exclusively on Facebook Live for 48 hours. When Hendrix came along, it changed my life forever. Conrad tends to be like our treasurer; Steve handles more of the business things; Cesar, Dave, and I tend to do more of the creative things. David Hidalgo and founding member Hugo Arroyo front the band singing and playing, but it is the influence of Taj Mahal-- singing and playing several different instruments (guitar, keyboards, ukulele, banjo) -- that takes the band's allure to a much higher level. A half-dozen albums, several soundtracks, a couple of children’s records, untold miles of touring, and cameo appearances on other artists’ records and tribute albums to numerous to mention followed. Conrad: A buddy of mine, Brian Shaw, gave me a Harmony hollowbody bass. At the end of the night he goes, “I’ve got this ’58 Strat, man.” I said, “That’s out of my league.” He said, “I want you to have it.” A couple months later, we played the Warfield in San Francisco. Without a doubt, something happened there. David: The earliest stuff was the guitar instrumentals, like Duane Eddy and “Caterpillar Crawl” – I don’t even know who did it. I love the old ’40s trios, like Los Panchos and Los Tres Ases – the romantic period. I have my early-’60s ES-175, factory black, but it wouldn’t work onstage for what we do. David Hidalgo is perhaps best known as the guitarist and singer of the Grammy-winning band Los Lobos, the East LA based group he co-founded with Louie Perez. And you got to work with some of those guys, like John Lee Hooker. David: And Willie Dixon. We knew his wife, Nancy Covey, because she used to book McCabe’s. Learn to play guitar by chord / tabs using chord diagrams, transpose the key, watch video lessons and much more. Conrad, what was the early inspiration for you? After a few years, he handed the guitar down to me. What year is the “La Bamba” Strat? He plays harp with Los Camperos – one of the best L.A. mariachis – and knows all the traditional Mexican music. Cesar: I kind of got the idea myself; it came out of the frustration of having the traditional instruments on the road and having my Macias [bajo sexto] broken a few times. And I think it happens when it’s more experimental and we’re just jamming. “We’re going to do a concert DVD and a live record when we play the Fillmore – all available in the fall. I wore these brand-new jeans, a neatly pressed Army shirt, and my little Catholic boy’s haircut – and one string of beads. On the same song? Between those three, I take either a Strat or a Telecaster and a Les Paul. The records and the live albums – you listen to all that stuff – but there was nothing like seeing him in person. Another part of it is that over the years we’ve kind of assumed certain roles, but that’s really just to keep the machine rolling. Cesar: I think the one I used on the solo on “La Bamba” is a 1960, all original, slab-board. If we don’t belong over there, and we’re not totally accepted over here, then we belong everywhere. Was he an influence just in terms of his music or as a guitarist? Global Thought Leadership Conversation. (read more at Wikipedia) When we first immigrated into the United States, we went straight to East Los Angeles, and my older brother, Pete, got a guitar. It was offered to me, and I passed on it [laughs]. Using tradtitional and contemporary Mexican and American instruments and styles, Blues Legend Taj Mahal, Chicano Master guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Bay Area Mexican roots group Los Cenzontles create a new, fresh and exciting sound while telling a story of hope, struggle and gratitude. I picked up one of the new Danelectros they make now, and took it to Candelas, and they put the mandolin heads on it. And it was a struggle when he was playing; his whole body would pull the guitar. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. That sounds like too simple an answer. Louie: No, I knew what a gang was. David Lindley was there – and, by the way, he brought us a 12-pack of beer, because it was a dry wedding. It becomes something else. ’57 Strat is actually the Fender Stratocaster 1958 gifted to David Hidalgo on August 8, 1987. Were you exposed to much music when you were living in Mexico? I found a Custom Shop Telecaster, like the early-’60s, Cropper type – blond with rosewood fingerboard. It’s funny because there was a period when he was playing slide through a Leslie, and George Harrison was hanging out with him. Los Lobos are arguably the most important American band to come out of the ’80s, both musically and sociologically. Louie: It seemed to take a whole generation. Cesar: A social club. You can’t hang it on the wall to look at; it’s not something you can touch and feel. “Not celebrating only ourselves, but also our friends and cohorts and heroes.” It’s something we don’t even have to summon; it just happens. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited. David Maraga is now a retired Chief Justice after he officially handed over instruments of power and proceeded to retirement. These men would play this music, and I was totally blown away by the bajo sexto – but I didn’t know what it was called. He got me started on the violin. 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