From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cesar: I think the one I used on the solo on “La Bamba” is a 1960, all original, slab-board. That kind of led back to rock and roll, so Ritchie Valens was the next step. But it took a long time. When I’m trying really hard to do something, it’s going to take me a long time. He’d probably be the best oud player in the world. There was a community youth center where music teachers would give free lessons. It comes from another place. It’s a cliché, but it’s true; you just feed off your audience. He was real good to us, real down to earth. Without a doubt, something happened there. You hit a certain point where something else takes over, and you just get out of the way. The way he said “Being on stage with the godlike David Hidalgo night after night – the greatest guitar player in the world. David: I use the reissues on the records, too, but the old guitars make you play a certain way, you know? 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. I’ve got an Epiphone Casino, too, and a Riviera I use a lot. I was raised in the desert, living with Indians, because my father was a diesel mechanic at an agriculture post. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. “Not celebrating only ourselves, but also our friends and cohorts and heroes.” Cesar: Yeah, it was pretty lonely (laughs). The main sound was these early-’70s 100-watt Marshall heads – not because I just wanted to be so loud, but because they have the tone. Los Refugio Tiernos) Chords by David Hidalgo. Louie: When I was a little kid, my mom always had Mexican radio playing, and country music. For the most part, I’ve been playing a Les Paul for years, but recently I started getting my Tele back out. I really appreciate him doing that. They make one out of one block of wood, the original way. David Hidalgo recently finished recording sessions for a new Bob Dylan album, at Jackson Browne’s Los Angeles studio. Louie: Absolutely. I’m playing an early-’60s reissue that Mike McGuire over at the Custom Shop gave me. All the moments I remember, the audience is there, kind of cheering you on, and then you get off on that. 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”). Then I made it back to guitar. Jerry Garcia could do all that. David: We played at New George’s in San Rafael in ’85 or ’86. Anything he plays, he sounds killer. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. When did you become aware of him? Amazing guitar players. When we did the 15th anniversary tour, with La Pistola, they made a matching requinto jarocho and jarana. All of the very nice comments are greatly appreciated, not taken for granted! 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. I think, for me, it happens when we play in a certain environment – where the people are really with us. So we always talked about how it would be cool to have a band with three guitars. We didn’t play anything; we just walked around, as a band. I had that single [by the Strangers] and “Rebel Rouser” by Duane, and then some Coasters, and “Purple People Eater.” Surf guitar and stuff like that; just drowned in guitar. 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 opened that door, and nobody seemed to come through. Every so often, all the neighbors would get together and have a dance. 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. As a gift, we played a little set. I used to have a DeArmond, which was a love-hate situation, because sometimes they’d work and sometimes they wouldn’t. American singer-songwriter, guitarist, percusionnist, accordion player born October 6, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. So it’s going to be a chock-full Year Of Los Lobos.” We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. David: And Willie Dixon. He used the Bigsby when he bent and shook strings, which gave him his own Hawaiian kind of tone. I like him even more now; I appreciate him. The whole guitar is carved out of one piece of mahogany. And that’s another one of those three-guitar things. There’s so much cool stuff we’ve got. Like Yomo Toro, a great cuatro player from Puerto Rico. For this tour, I’m more into my SG again. Before that, I didn’t know who Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton were, but I liked the Yardbirds records. 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. And you got to work with some of those guys, like John Lee Hooker. Have you taken up any new instruments lately? And I love the guitars of Los Incas. He showed up with Carlos, and they sat in. They came full circle, back to their rock and roll roots – this time with a fresh direction and strong sense of self. Cesar: A social club. And I have an early-’60s SG Special. David: When ZZ Top was first happening, we were doing folk music, so I didn’t pay much attention. 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. David: The earliest stuff was the guitar instrumentals, like Duane Eddy and “Caterpillar Crawl” – I don’t even know who did it. He must have been a kid when he first learned it. He formed as well a side project band called Houndog. He’s the guitarist on “Watching The River Flow” by Bob Dylan – some great playing on that one. Was the solidbody electric bajo quinto custom-made for you? I used one of his 100-watt amps for years, but we went to smaller amps. 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 … There was nothing like him. “Wow, this stuff’s really good!” Not to be confused with David Hidalgo Jr.. David Hidalgo. Los Lobos (pronounced:[los ˈloβos], Spanish for "the Wolves") are a multiple Grammy Award–winning American rock band from East Los Angeles, California. We went through all that, and then worked our way through Latin America, and then up to norteno music and Tex-Mex, and finally got around to the chicano rockers, like Thee Midniters and Ritche Valens. I still can’t play it for ****, but I love it. The amp that works is a ’64 Deluxe and a South Tech single-12″ cabinet with a JBL. If we don’t belong over there, and we’re not totally accepted over here, then we belong everywhere. 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. Back then, they were asking about $8,000 for it. And we never were. I don’t know how old it is – probably early ’60s. How could this “new” unknown band be so good? And Brian Wilson, when he used to do his stuff with the Beach Boys, he did some amazing things. Louie: When you think about what music is, it’s invisible. At that point, I took it over to Candelas, when [Porsirio “Candelas” Delgado] was still alive, and he started cracking up. Then I played guitar; that’s all I did. Also Chas Chandler with the Animals; the stuff he played was amazing. It’s not anything like today’s country music. And it depends on whose song it is. Carlos would play for a while, hand it to Jerry, and Jerry would play for a while. So did you not have a radio? Louie, where were you coming from musically? Between those three, I take either a Strat or a Telecaster and a Les Paul. 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. We started getting really loud. Hidalgo performing with Los Lobos on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2009. When we first immigrated into the United States, we went straight to East Los Angeles, and my older brother, Pete, got a guitar. Definitely a year to remember. 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. What exactly is a “Hidalguera”? When they began playing Hollywood punk and rockabilly clubs, “across the river” from their home base in East Los Angeles, word spread quickly. Brian Gearhardt makes them, in Anaheim. And the Yardbirds were wonderful; they were badass. Louie: I just play a complete supporting role. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. 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. 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. I have my early-’60s ES-175, factory black, but it wouldn’t work onstage for what we do. Louie: Yeah. We didn’t have any instruments – we just started a band. Louie: It seemed to take a whole generation. We always thought that somehow what we did was innately political; it was a big statement in itself. He should have one – a Turkish oud.” My timing was always kind of funny. Louie: It’s one of the most elusive, transparent aspects of the band. It was in him. Louie: Gibson was nice enough to give me a ’60 reissue Les Paul goldtop. How Will The Wolf Survive, their first full-length album, from ’84, revealed the band’s ever-broadening palette, mature songwriting, and the two-guitar attack of Rosas and Hidalgo. But it’s weird, because my guitar playing was like I was in this vacuum. That happens writing, and it happens onstage. I mean, how many bands can reinvent themselves every time they go into the studio? 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. The latter LP and its title track shot to #1 on Billboard‘s album and singles charts. David: Peter Green was cool. But then I went back three more times, and it happened every time. Davis Hidalgo has the best tone. We owe a lot to him. He showed up, and I said, “Do you want to play?” He said, “No, man, I get to see a show” – and held up his ticket. 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. I’ve got this bootleg where it’s just the rhythm track of “Electric Ladyland,” with him just playing rhythm guitar. David Hidalgo will be performing at JusticeAid’s Voices to Protect the Vote online May 18th concert in support of Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE coalition hotline.. D avid 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. Years ago, we were invited to Richard Thompson’s wedding. I used to take my skateboard there and take guitar lessons. 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. David: All the guitar playing. Nino Rivera is one of my favorites on tres, and Lino Chavez is a great requinto jarocho player. It may have happened, but I don’t remember as many times that that just happens when you’re by yourself. All: (laughter) And Jimmy Reed. A lot of musicians talk about those moments when they seem to be playing beyond their abilities, when everything goes up a notch, as if something else is in control. And Carlos was cool; he said, “Yes, sir. And I never really had a real cool pickup sound. Then I just couldn’t go there. I was also a big Merle Travis fan. Only about five minutes; I said, “I don’t want to take up all your time.” But it was just a cool little conversation. There, he has been a creative force exploring the borders … Yeah, we should have mentioned him. He got me started on the violin. The records and the live albums – you listen to all that stuff – but there was nothing like seeing him in person. That thud sound he had was great. What’s the main equipment you use onstage? 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. Didn’t know it would take this long to put it together, but that’s just the way it worked. After the show, someone from his entourage handed me the guitar. David: I usually use either a Strat or a Telecaster. The fondest memory of Jerry, watching him play, was at Giants Stadium. And “Town Hall Party” was filmed in Compton. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. And I want this thing to be a bolt-on neck. David Kent Hidalgo is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. I should have bought Paul McCartney’s Les Paul. It’s a nice marriage of a Marshall and a Fender. 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. 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