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Conrad: Yeah, mics, two guitars, a piano, bass [laughs]. And Jimmy Reed. Conrad: On the soul side, James Jamerson, man. There was nothing like him. You’re part of something; you’re not just up there playing your part in what sums up the song. We got tired of playing so loud. That’s when we got to meet Jerry for the first time. I have not seen them live. Not to sound edifying or anything, but maybe it’s because we made such a big impact at that point.” And the Yardbirds were wonderful; they were badass. That’s become my main guitar lately. I have a couple of 330s that we use a lot in the studio – the type with the one P-90 in the middle, and then one with two pickups, like Slim Harpo’s. So it’s going to be a chock-full Year Of Los Lobos.” With no new disc to promote for this summer's cross-country jaunt, Los Lobos has chosen to showcase the talents of David Hidalgo. I’ve been collecting since I was a teenager. Every night after dinner we would crank up the radio and get these stations from Hermosillo, playing Mexican pop music. This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sept. ’04 issue. He showed up with Carlos, and they sat in. Each guy had his own cubicle backstage, where they’d hang out during the breaks. He plays harp with Los Camperos – one of the best L.A. mariachis – and knows all the traditional Mexican music. Cesar: But you know, that was a different feel of country music. I’ve been working with SWR a little bit; I like their cabinet sound. Also Chas Chandler with the Animals; the stuff he played was amazing. We got matching Ben Casey shirts, with the buttons on the side of the neck, and wraparound shades, and we just walked around together. Who were your earliest influences, Dave? Paul McCartney was one of my favorites in the early days; I loved his bass playing. We came full circle, back to where we started as kids. There were two “Eagles.” Irwin Eagle-the first guitar Irwin had made for Alembic. I really appreciate him doing that. 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. 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. Cesar: Yeah, it was pretty lonely (laughs). I used to have a DeArmond, which was a love-hate situation, because sometimes they’d work and sometimes they wouldn’t. There are a lot of amazing young cats now, but back then it still had that almost jazz approach. 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. With three guitars, is it hard to figure out who’s going to play what? It happens onstage a lot, and it’s an amazing thing. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. Later, we toured with them, and seeing them every night, they just got better and better. At home I had a bunch of guitar bodies lying around, so I took this Tele body over to my friend, Bill Antel, and said, “Here’s my traditional Macias, and here’s a Tele body. There was a community youth center where music teachers would give free lessons. 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. My brother-in-law loaned me a button accordion; that’s how I ended up playing accordion and incorporating it into the group. They were badass basses, man. Then, with Jimi Hendrix, his soul contribution, he was kind of trying to do like a Curtis Mayfield kind of thing. 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. 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. 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: I usually use either a Strat or a Telecaster. Cesar, what music had the biggest effect on you? I’ve got a nice little collection, but, being left-handed, it’s so rare to find a nice guitar like that. How could this “new” unknown band be so good? 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. We’ve been kind of beat up by this business, but if you peel away the business and even take away the music altogether, you’ll end up with a bunch of guys who are just buddies. Louie: Gibson was nice enough to give me a ’60 reissue Les Paul goldtop. Back then, they were asking about $8,000 for it. That thud sound he had was great. It was in him. We knew his wife, Nancy Covey, because she used to book McCabe’s. It’s not anything like today’s country music. I put one together with nylon strings, too. It becomes something else. He makes a single-12 that’s a 20-watt with 6V6s, but he has one now with 6L6s, a 40-watt. Was he an influence just in terms of his music or as a guitarist? I’m really glad that somehow they came around, but we were waiting for them for a long time. And I think it happens when it’s more experimental and we’re just jamming. Nunca (feat. I think he was a big fan of Jesse Ed Davis; it changed his way of playing. If you just find a bass player through a classified ad, there’s no depth or roots or history. Is your eight-string Danelectro an electric Hidalguera? Louie: Yeah. That was his career highlight, he was able, so swiftly, to nail it all right down to just that. Early on, [Moby Grape’s] Jerry Miller was one of my favorites – the first album and Grape Jam. Having an inordinate concentration of talent in one group was a big plus. And I have an early-’60s SG Special. When he would leave the house I’d grab the guitar and try to play. Because we’ve become a family. We recognize each other’s space; we know almost intuitively when to stay out of each other’s way. Those are my favorite to record with; they’re amazing. I was 14 years old, and he was playing at the Hollywood Bowl. Cesar: It’s like Billy Gibbons. 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”). Between those three, I take either a Strat or a Telecaster and a Les Paul. It wasn’t until the ’70s that I realized how important he was. They’re kind of delicate instruments, but they’d get tossed around and broken. So Paul ended up with it – the sunburst he’s been playing for the past seven years or so. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. So when I started playing guitar again, it’s back like in 1972. He had the one doing [hums bass-line shuffle], then one playing a little upstroke thing [hums the backbeat], and then Jimmy’s guitar fills and harmonica. It wasn’t until around ’88; we went to Thailand, and for five bucks I bought the whole ZZ Top catalog on bootleg cassettes. I changed the strings on it and re-learned everything. It was swing. What was your first instrument? I wore these brand-new jeans, a neatly pressed Army shirt, and my little Catholic boy’s haircut – and one string of beads. But there’s also the folk part – the traditional Mexican folk music. “We’re going to do a concert DVD and a live record when we play the Fillmore – all available in the fall. I became a big fan. He bought Canned Heat and Are You Experienced? 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. I found a Custom Shop Telecaster, like the early-’60s, Cropper type – blond with rosewood fingerboard. There was something that happened there that you could never get off a record. And vice versa. 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. He was like 200 percent. I liked George Harrison’s playing alot. Didn’t know it would take this long to put it together, but that’s just the way it worked. Robert Nighthawk is another favorite, along with Mike Bloomfield and Otis Rush. As a gift, we played a little set. David: When ZZ Top was first happening, we were doing folk music, so I didn’t pay much attention. And then there’s the Cuban stuff, like the tres players, and the fundamentals of all that music. It comes from another place. It’s a nice marriage of a Marshall and a Fender. And “Town Hall Party” was filmed in Compton. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. At that point, I took it over to Candelas, when [Porsirio “Candelas” Delgado] was still alive, and he started cracking up. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr., is the current drummer for Social Distortion. Has he continued to be a big influence? We didn’t have any instruments – we just started a band. That happens writing, and it happens onstage. Holeyboard Pedalboards Unveils New Holeyboard 123 Expandable Pedalboard, Have Guitar Will Travel – 041 Featuring Daniel Donato. Louie: I just play a complete supporting role. As expected, it didn’t match La Bamba‘s numbers, but it brought Mexican folk music to such unlikely places as the stages of “The Tonight Show” and “Austin City Limits.” 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 Hidalgo recently finished recording sessions for a new Bob Dylan album, at Jackson Browne’s Los Angeles studio. David: Cal Worthington. When we did the 15th anniversary tour, with La Pistola, they made a matching requinto jarocho and jarana. And you know it, and he must know it, too. Houndog really is bare-bones blues, as unpretentious and honest as it gets. When Connie Valenzuela was asked for permission to make a movie based on her son’s life, she replied, “Only if Los Lobos play the music.” The band finished recording By The Light Of The Moon and immediately went to work on the soundtrack to La Bamba, the silver-screen story of Ritchie Valens. We owe a lot to him. That’s another heavy influence in our music. David is also a member of Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a side project band made up of some of the members of Los Lobos. David: Peter Green was cool. When Hendrix came along, it changed my life forever. After a few years, he handed the guitar down to me. 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 … With Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Dave Alvin, Richard Thompson, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples, Ruben Blades, Midniter Willie G., Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Huner, and Mexico City rockers Café Tacuba on the guest list, they reinterpret four songs from their catalog and offer nine new gems. Where he got me was on those Victoria Spivey records, where she had jam sessions in her apartment in Brooklyn. David Kent Hidalgo is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. And along the way, the dual-pronged guitar frontline became a trio, when Louie returned to his original instrument, leaving the percussion section to Victor Bisetti and Cougar Estrada. Then some friends and I started a band. 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. That’s an example of, as a group, we discovered him. Fender recently put out a “mo’ better” copy of the 4×10″; I want to look into that. 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? If he’s leading the song, then we follow him, and we find spots to stay out of the way. You hit a certain point where something else takes over, and you just get out of the way. 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: No, I knew what a gang was. But it took me years and years. Cesar, has your studio gotten more elaborate over the years? Then I made it back to guitar. Amazing guitar players. This record was done mainly analog 2″, then we’d dump it over to Pro Tools for a few overdubs. David: This friend of mine has a cassette he made from the audience of an outdoor show in Santa Clara or someplace in ’68 or ’69, and they’re all on acid. 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? After that, I got into trying to play heavy blues more. He did it, and then I took it home and put a volume pot on it. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. And it depends on whose song it is. I was eight or nine. After the show, someone from his entourage handed me the guitar. Brian Gearhardt makes them, in Anaheim. We started getting into the Premiers, the Jaguars, and all the stuff we’d grown up with. Never sitting still, the band has a flurry of releases set to follow. But it’s weird, because my guitar playing was like I was in this vacuum. Jimi just hits a chord, and it’s like you can feel the air, you know. The whole guitar is carved out of one piece of mahogany. 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? All: (laughter) We bravely go where no band has gone (laughs)! David: His music was around, and we just kind of took it for granted growing up. I had one 335 as a backup guitar, so there was only one extra right-handed guitar, so Carlos and Jerry would trade off. Heavier rock stuff, like Blue Cheer. I saw him do a thing, playing the cuatro, cross-picking with the bent wrist. We kept it that way – a more universal thing. Maraga goes into retirement with his head held high, to be remembered as a man who stood against the bullying from the Executive and a man who spoke his mind. Bajo spacing is way wider than that. Do you sit on your hands and ponder your dilemma and not do anything, or do you find freedom in it? David: Still went through the Nieve, though. Conrad: I use Lakland basses, and I’ve always used Ampeg amps. But the whole culture was pretty much a shock. 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. Then I played guitar; that’s all I did. We learned so much from just the one day we worked with him. It’s hard to beat that sound, especially with those old Celestian speakers with a Les Paul. David: I love his playing. 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. I know there’s a component of friendship, because we were friends before we were musicians together. In addition to his work with Los Lobos, David 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. It’s like I’m 16 years old. Cesar: I was born in Hermosillo, which is the capitol of Sonora, Mexico, and moved to L.A. when I was nine. He’d fire off these little parts, and then you put them all together, and man! I want you to copy the scale and make me a neck. When I stopped playing electric guitar, we started Los Lobos, and I played jarana and the little acoustic instruments for about 10 years. 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. 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. Vintage Guitar: As a group, you cover so many styles, you must have a wide range of influences individually. And it all paid off; I’ve been playing it for years. I mean, how many bands can reinvent themselves every time they go into the studio? Are you Mexicans or are you Americans?” And of course we’re not totally accepted in the United States, as Latin people. But then I went back three more times, and it happened every time. My amp is a Top Hat, which is kind of like a Twin. Not to be confused with David Hidalgo Jr.. David Hidalgo. He must have been a kid when he first learned it. My brother was right-handed, so I was playing upside-down for a few years. It wasn’t so freeform until funk music came in, like Tower Of Power. Los Lobos are arguably the most important American band to come out of the ’80s, both musically and sociologically. I was raised in the desert, living with Indians, because my father was a diesel mechanic at an agriculture post. And then watching the country [TV] shows, like “The Ernest Tubb Show.” His band was so good. And everybody’s got to have a Höfner, so I’ve got a Beatle Bass, and my ’68 Gibson EB3, an Ampeg scroll bass, and my first bass – an old brown Teisco. When we started doing the Tex-Mex stuff, we got the accordion and a snare drum at first, then the electric bass. I am really a Fender guy but everytime I hear Los Lobos recordings I am blown away by what sounds like a Marshall. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. 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 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”). All the mothers would make food, and they’d hire a group. I picked up one of the new Danelectros they make now, and took it to Candelas, and they put the mandolin heads on it. 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. Conrad: I still love the old ’60s stuff – Mountain, Cream, and all that stuff. So we got Pete Thomas to play on the records. In addition to his work with Los Lobos, Hidalgo often 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.
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