Tin Can Trust
Los Lobos is recognized as one of America’s premier bands in part due to their consistency. Their musicianship is precise, their songwriting finely crafted, with a balanced offering of blues based rockers, country ballads, Tex Mex and traditional Mexican music. Formed in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, the band has been churning out great records that reach back to 1950’s rockabilly, into the Mexican American community, and into the depths of southern blues and soul.
Tin Can Trust follows this template of success. The songwriting team of David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, responsible for so many great songs over the past 3 decades, introduce six new tracks to their vast catalog. This is the first new material the band has produced in four years and it sounds a lot like the songs the band wrote in their early days. The tone of the album is set by blues-rockers that chronicle the lives of men and women who struggle with day to day and hand-to-mouth challenges. Los Lobos recorded Tin Can Trust in a small studio in a East L.A., the neighborhood.
Los Lobos has always proudly displayed their Hispanic heritage and do so again with several remarkable tunes. The best is “27 Spanishes” in which Hidalgo and Perez capture the conquest of Mexico by Spain. Cesar Rosas contributes “Yo Canto” and “Mujer Ingrata.” Rosas also co-wrote a track with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and the band covers the Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway.”