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Los Lobos: Reborn in East L.A. for new album due Aug. 3

May 14, 2010 |  9:32 am

Los Lobos returned to their East L.A. roots in creating the new “Tin Can Trust” album that’s 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.

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 hasn’t 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 Dead’s “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 group’s website when they’re finalized.

--Randy Lewis

Photo: Los Lobos, fro left, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, David Hidalgo. Credit: www.loslobos.org

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