New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Rising up out of East L.A. comes the first ever holiday album from Los Lobos. The Grammy®-winning group researched nearly 150 Christmas-related songs from across North, Central and South America
for the collections, eventually narrowing the list down to the songs they wanted to reinvent in their own inimitable style. They even wrote their own holiday original "Christmas And You," especially for the album, which is available now on all digital download and streaming services.
LLEGÓ NAVIDAD is now available to pre-order and will be released on CD and digitally from Rhino on October 4 for $16.98. A vinyl version will be released on November 22 for $21.98.
Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, and Steve Berlin open the album with "La Rama" (the branch). This lively song is in the regional folk style known as son jarocho, which is popular in the Veracruz region of Mexico. La Rama is also the name of the traditional Mexican holiday custom where the community adorns branches from a tree and displays it in a nightly procession through the neighborhood.
Another album highlight "La Murga de Panamá" was originally recorded in 1971 by the legendary salsa duo of Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. And though "La Murga" is actually the name for a group that assembles to dance, sing, and play music during another South American holiday - Carnival - the spirit of the song is no less infectious at Christmastime.
Los Lobos transform the 1958 novelty song "Dónde Está Santa
Claus" (Where is Santa
Claus) into a "lowrider oldie" with a head-nodding groove powered by Hidalgo's guitar and Berlin's vibraphone. Rosas delivers an impeccable lead vocal on "Regalo de Reyes" (meaning Gift of Kings), a song made famous by Javier Solís, Mexican actor and singer of boleros and rancheras. Naturally, the collection also includes the band's take on Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad."
The album's new original "Christmas And You," was written by Hidalgo and Pérez. Hidalgo's vocals are sweet and soulful. Berlin layers in piano along with some Omnichord, Rosas provides electric guitar, and Lozano adds upright bass to create what is sure to become a modern classic.
LLEGÓ NAVIDAD Track Listing
"It's Christmas Time In Texas"
"Arbolito De Navidad"
"¿Dónde Está Santa
"Christmas And You"
"Regalo De Reyes"
LOS LOBOS Tour Dates
Aug 16 - Saint Paul, MN - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
17 - Valparaiso, IN - Prairie Magic Music
23 - Plymouth, NH - The Flying Monkey
24 - Trois-Riviéres, Quebec - Trois-Riviéres en Blues Festival
29 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
30 - Akron, OH - E.J. Thomas
31 - Kittanning, PA - John P. Murtha Amphitheater
Sept 06 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Resort and Casino
07 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
12 - Albany, NY - Skyloft
13 - Salisbury, MA - Blue Ocean Music
14 - North Truro, MA - Payomet Performing Arts Center
15 - East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
19 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theater
20 - New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall
28 - Pelham, TN - The Caverns
Oct 01 - Olympia, WA - Washington Center for the Performing Arts
02 - Kirkland, WA - Kirkland Performance Center
03 - Edmonds, WA - Edmonds Center for the Arts
04 - Mount Vernon, WA - Lincoln Theatre
05 - Federal Way, WA - Performing Arts and Event Center of Federal Way
06 - Perris, CA - Lake Perris Fairgrounds
09 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
10 - Visalia, CA - Visalia Fox Theater
11 - Long Beach, CA - Museum of Latin American Art
12 - Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
13 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Civic Center
17 - Staten Island, NY - St. George
18 - Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
19 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
20 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center
26 - San Diego, CA - Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Nov 7 - Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theater
8 - St Louis, MO - The Sheldon
9 - Bartlett, TN - Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center
14 - Hopewell, VA - The Beacon Theatre
16 - Owings Mills, MD - The Gordon
Center for Performing Arts
17 - Virginia Beach, VA - Elevation 27
Dec 8 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
9 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
10 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
12 - Washington, DC - City Winery
13 - Washington, DC - City Winery
14 - New York, NY - The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
15 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
16 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery
18 - Boston, MA - City Winery
19 - Boston, MA - City Winery
27 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club
28 - Santa
Calrita, CA - The Canyon Santa
29 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose
31 - Montclair, CA - The Canyon Montclair
Jan 25 - Redding, CA - Cascade
Feb 9 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11 - Key West, FL - Key West Theater
13 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Koerner Hall