So when I started playing guitar again, it’s back like in 1972. I watched the “Ed Sullivan Show” stuff the other day and saw what he was doing; damn, the cat could play. I’m really glad that somehow they came around, but we were waiting for them for a long time. The intuitive thing with us, after 30 years, is that you can actually feel where the next thing is going to go. When you eventually got into playing Mexican folk music and then came back around to rock and roll, did any of the folk styles seep into your electric playing? So did you not have a radio? In the middle of the show, [Grateful Dead roadie] Steve Parrish invited me back there, so I sat down with Jerry and talked about Buck Owens and stuff. But there’s also the folk part – the traditional Mexican folk music. I have a couple of 330s that we use a lot in the studio – the type with the one P-90 in the middle, and then one with two pickups, like Slim Harpo’s. “We came up with the idea as sort of an unofficial anniversary record,” says Perez. Cesar: Then we mixed it on another old Nieve console at Cello, which used to be called Western Recorders in the old days. David: I like those, too. Countless weddings and backyard parties later, they started incorporating more instruments and subgenres, eventually adding drums and going electric. So we always talked about how it would be cool to have a band with three guitars. I used to take my skateboard there and take guitar lessons. 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. After that we tried to go back and play a little softer, so I got into the 4×10 Bassman again, and got a couple of reissues. His son, David Hidalgo, Jr. is the current drummer for Social Distortion. It may have happened, but I don’t remember as many times that that just happens when you’re by yourself. It’s not anything like today’s country music. 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. All: (laughter) Louie: Then my older sister brought home Beatles records, and a cousin came over with a Ray Charles record, and I never heard anything like that. That sounds like too simple an answer. 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. The greatest fucking musician in the world”. In the same way that I took up accordion, we took up everything else – as we needed it. There’s something that keeps the enthusiasm alive and the sense of discovery. On Thursday 23 July, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem was joined by government and civil society leaders and other experts to discuss this question in the latest Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next? He played a Tele through an old Bassman and got this great sound and a great slide tone, too. I know that he uses Fender Hot Rod amps when touring but does he get the same type of tone? Maraga goes into retirement with his head held high, to be remembered as a man who stood against the bullying from the Executive and a man who spoke his mind. David is also a member of Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a side project band made up of some of the members of Los Lobos. And I’ve got a Japanese Standard Strat, and a Historic Series ’58 Les Paul. David: I love his playing. David: His music was around, and we just kind of took it for granted growing up. You’ve got some influences that guitarists seldom mention, like Muddy Waters’ guitarist, Sammy Lawhorn. And vice versa. I’ll dig that forever. Like surf music, man, or the kind of stuff Conrad mentioned, like the Yardbirds and Jimmy Page. It knocked me out. Years ago, we were invited to Richard Thompson’s wedding. When I’m trying really hard to do something, it’s going to take me a long time. I didn’t know what kind of music it was back then; I just knew it was different than regular rock and roll. We’ve been kind of beat up by this business, but if you peel away the business and even take away the music altogether, you’ll end up with a bunch of guys who are just buddies. Cesar: Yeah, it was pretty lonely (laughs). How much different is it using a reissue or a vintage guitar? (read more at Wikipedia) It’s usually kind of just support, and stay out of each other’s way. Then I played guitar; that’s all I did. Fender recently put out a “mo’ better” copy of the 4×10″; I want to look into that. 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. They’re kind of delicate instruments, but they’d get tossed around and broken. David: There was that stuff, and then my brother’s band was playing James Brown, around ’64. I think, for me, it happens when we play in a certain environment – where the people are really with us. Cesar: Sometimes when we do a song that has a certain Latin twist to it, that sort of helps – to go back in your mind. It was offered to me, and I passed on it [laughs]. David Lindley was there – and, by the way, he brought us a 12-pack of beer, because it was a dry wedding. And then there’s the Cuban stuff, like the tres players, and the fundamentals of all that music. 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. That happens writing, and it happens onstage. Because there’s plenty of information going on. It’s like I’m 16 years old. We started getting really loud. Can you do that for me?” After he made it and centered it on the body, I had some original Danelectro [lipstick tube] pickups, and they sound great and are also wide enough to cover the width of strings. The whole guitar is carved out of one piece of mahogany. 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. Cesar: Obviously, as musicians, you do reach that sometimes. The fondest memory of Jerry, watching him play, was at Giants Stadium. That’s almost like the Muddy Waters band concept. They came full circle, back to their rock and roll roots – this time with a fresh direction and strong sense of self. But it took a long time. 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. The surging, blues-drenched “Don’t Worry Baby” is a prime illustration of their contrasting styles, with Cesar’s gritty, muscular solo followed by David’s more melodic, ornamental approach. My brother was right-handed, so I was playing upside-down for a few years. He opened with “Spanish Castle Magic,” and went into this whole feedback thing – man, that was it. 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. David Maraga is now a retired Chief Justice after he officially handed over instruments of power and proceeded to retirement. David: Still went through the Nieve, though. When we first immigrated into the United States, we went straight to East Los Angeles, and my older brother, Pete, got a guitar. Bajo spacing is way wider than that. Again, like Waits, the musicians sound as if they are on the tail end of a three day heavy binge, but can muster just enough strength for one more song. I really appreciate him doing that. I still can’t play it for ****, but I love it. When did you become aware of him? I don’t know how old it is – probably early ’60s. 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. Louie: When I was a little kid, my mom always had Mexican radio playing, and country music. What’s the main equipment you use onstage? In the early years, when this band was playing exclusively Mexican music, there was a lot of pressure for us to get more political. Conrad tends to be like our treasurer; Steve handles more of the business things; Cesar, Dave, and I tend to do more of the creative things. By that time I already knew how to play a lot of the basic chords, but I didn’t know what they were called. As lead guitarist and vocalist of the legendary East LA band Los Lobos, David Hidalgo has been a creative force straddling the border of rock, R&B, cumbia, Tex-Mex and country for four decades. And the world is a better damn place because of that. Didn’t know it would take this long to put it together, but that’s just the way it worked. It’s like out-of-body kind of stuff. NOTE: David Hidalgo is not scheduled to perform during the Fall 2019 Tour. And I love the guitars of Los Incas. When I hit a point where I have to move away and just let go, then I’m just watching this thing, like an observer. For this tour, I’m more into my SG again. Holeyboard Pedalboards Unveils New Holeyboard 123 Expandable Pedalboard, Have Guitar Will Travel – 041 Featuring Daniel Donato. Cesar: Early on, in rock and roll, it was Elvis and Scotty Moore. 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. All the moments I remember, the audience is there, kind of cheering you on, and then you get off on that. Cesar: It’s like Billy Gibbons. He got me started on the violin. He started playing it for me, and I went, “Oh, God. Think Fender – maple neck, rosewood fingerboard – and then we’ll make the headstock symmetrical like a Gibson. Crime Eagle-This guitar was most likely to be Jerry’s next guitar. Has he continued to be a big influence? Louie: It seemed to take a whole generation. 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