Los Lobos returned to their East L.A. roots in creating the new Tin Can Trust album thats been set for an Aug. 3 release on the Shout! Factory label.
The long-running quintet set up shop in a gritty studio known mostly for recording underground punk and indie bands for its first album of original material in four years.
Los Lobos: Louie Perez, Steve Berlin, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo.
The group had been doing much of its recording in recent years at guitarist-singer-songwriter Cesar Rosas home studio, but Rosas moved recently and hasnt fully set up quarters in his new place.
It gave them a chance to refamiliarize themselves with the the small things they'd missed: the neighborhood King Taco restaurant and the guy down the street with the corn cart, band member David Hidalgo told me during a break in the sessions, which will be explored in depth soon in Calendar.
Along with 10 originals, the band has laid down a cover of the Grateful Deads West L.A. Fadeaway, a nod to their days more than a quarter-century ago opening shows for the Bay Area jam band.
Los Lobos also is planning a summer tour, details of which will be posted on the groups website when they're finalized.