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Los Lobos added to folk festival lineup

FolkWest is pleased to announce the addition of Los Lobos as a headliner at this year’s 16th annual Four Corners Folk Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-4 at Reservoir Hill Park in Pagosa Springs.

The renowned Latino/folk rock band will close the show on Saturday, Sept. 3, rounding out a stellar trio of headliners for the three-day festival that includes Natalie MacMaster on Friday and the Keb’ Mo’ Band on Sunday. Tickets are expected to sell out this year, and we do recommend purchasing your festival tickets in advance if you are planning to attend.

 More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album,” Just Another Band from East L.A. “Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title — Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. For “Tin Can Trust” — Los Lobos’ first release for Shout! Factory and first collection of new original material in four years — the venerable quintet reconnected directly with those roots by returning to East L.A. and recording at Manny’s Estudio, “in a rundown neighborhood,” says Los Lobos songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Louie Pérez. “That took us out of our comfort zone and allowed us to do what we hadn’t done in quite some time: to play together in the same room, as one. This was not about putting your feet up; this was about working.”

“This was a no-frills studio,” adds David Hidalgo (guitar, violin, accordion, percussion, vocals). “We didn’t even have a couch to sit on; we had to bring one in.”

“We went into that studio and the first day everyone was asking, ‘Does anyone have any material?’” recalls guitarist/vocalist Cesar Rosas. “So I said, ‘Well, I have a couple of songs.’ Then Dave started hitting the keys and he came up with something, and then Louie followed. That’s the way everything worked out; that’s the way we made this record.”

“What I liked about making this album,” says Hidalgo, “was the spirit of it: nobody said no to anything. If you had an idea, OK, try it. Just go for it and see where we end up.”

“It felt more like a group effort,” agrees bassist/vocalist Conrad Lozano. “We went into the studio with no ideas and worked some out. Before, everybody would come in with a finished product.”

That unified vision and strong work ethic are evident in each of the 11 tracks comprising the self-produced “Tin Can Trust,” but so is something even greater, “an intuitiveness,” says Pérez, “that happens only from being in a band for so long.”

A rare example of longevity in a volatile music world that stresses style over substance, Los Lobos’ lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Pérez, Hidalgo, Rosas and Lozano, each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.

“This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them,” wrote Rolling Stone, and indeed, Los Lobos is a band that continually redefines itself and expands its scope with each passing year, while never losing sight of where they came from. Through sheer camaraderie and respect for one another’s musicality, they’ve continued to explore who Los Lobos is and what they have to offer, without succumbing to the burnout that plagues so many other bands that stick it out for any considerable length of time. Their influence is vast, yet they remain humble, centered and dedicated to their craft. Each new recording they make moves Los Lobos into another new dimension while simultaneously sounding like no one else in the world but Los Lobos.

The rest of the festival lineup includes the musical talents of Jackie Greene, The Infamous Stringdusters, Punch Brothers, Jimmy LaFave, Chatham County Line, Joy Kills Sorrow, Caravan of Thieves, Anne and Pete Sibley, Cousin Harley and more to be announced.

 For additional information or to purchase festival tickets, visit the web site at www.folkwest.com or call (877) 472-4672.

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