BURBANK, CA, October 13, 2009 – Los Lobos, the Grammy-winning East L.A. band famed for blending rock, blues and traditional Mexican music styles, is back with their first new album in three years. Los Lobos Goes Disney from Disney Sound features 13 all-time classics from Disney films and theme parks, each given the raw and raucous Los Lobos treatment. Produced by Los Lobos, the CD is set for release October 27.
Said Walt Disney Records President David Agnew, “Los Lobos’ unique style and musical vision make them one of the all-time great American bands. We are honored that Los Lobos have chosen to celebrate Disney’s musical legacy in such a joyous and beautiful way. Disney songs are classics precisely because they can be reinterpreted by iconic artists like this, generation after generation.”
With millions of records sold over the course of their 36-year career, Los Lobos is known for ignoring the conventions of popular music. Their family-friendly Disney Sound CD is no different. The band takes on timeless songs like “Heigh-Ho” (from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), “I Wan’na Be Like You” and “Bare Necessities” (from “The Jungle Book”), “Not in Nottingham” and “Oo-De-Lally” (from “Robin Hood”) “Cruella De Vil” (from “101 Dalmatians”), “Bella Notte” (from “Lady and the Tramp”) and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (from “Song of the South”).
Los Lobos also throws in some surprises, performing “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room,” songs familiar to Disneyland fans who have experienced the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Other songs featured on the CD include “I Will Go Sailing No More” (from “Toy Story”), “The Ugly Bug Ball” (from “Summer Magic”) and an instrumental medley of “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “It’s a Small World.” On the album, the band breaks out instruments unique to Mexican culture, including hidalguera, requinto, jarocho, jarana, guitarron and bajo sexto.
Composed of singer/guitarists David Hidalgo, Louie Perez and Cesar Rosas, singer/bassist Conrad Lozano, sax player Steve Berlin and drummer Cougar Estrada, Los Lobos filtered rock, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as boleros and Norteño, crafting a distinctive sound all their own.
Steve Berlin adds: “We’re all really happy with it. The kids record doesn’t sound like a kids record. It just sounds like Los Lobos playing funky old songs, so I imagine over time we’ll probably be integrating some of those songs into our set.” The band will be touring throughout the fall.
Current confirmed tourdates include:
October 14 The Big Fresno Fair Fresno CA
October 16 House of Blues Anaheim CA
October 17 Smokin’ in the Park BBQ Festival Alpine CA
October 28 Sooner Theatre Norman OK
October 29 The Flytrap Music Hall Tulsa OK
October 30 Lied Center Lincoln NE
October 31 Northern Lights Theater Milwaukee WI
November 1 Symphony Center Chicago IL
November 6-8 Walt Disney World Resort Orlando FL
November 13 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
November 14 Harrah’s Chester Chester PA
November 15 Birchmere Alexandria VA
November 16-17 Ram’s Head On Stage Annapolis MD
November 19 Victoria Theatre Dayton OH
November 20 Buskirk-Chumley Theatre Bloomington IN
November 21 Goshen College Music Center Goshen IN
November 28 Cache Creek Casino – Club 88 Brooks CA
November 29 Van Duzer Theater – Humboldt State University Arcata CA
December 5 International Book Fair Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO
December 10 Cascade Theatre Redding CA
The triple-Grammy Award winners released their debut album in 1978. The band broke wide with 1984’s critically acclaimed “How Will the Wolf Survive?” In 1987, they released their follow-up, “By the Light of the Moon,” and also recorded Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack to the film “La Bamba.” Their version of the title track became a #1 hit for the band. Over the years, Los Lobos has released over a dozen albums, including the 2006 critically-acclaimed Hollywood Records album The Town and the City, live recordings, soundtracks and retrospectives.