Is any band in America more revered or respected than East Los Angeles roots vatos Los Lobos? An American musical treasure, the core band — David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Steve Berlin, Louis Perez and Conrad Lozano — have produced 19 albums and played everywhere from an Angeleno quinceañera to Farm Aid to the White House. Their music spans virtually all aspects of American music, from blues, zydeco, soul and kick-you-in-the-head rock and roll to many of the important Latino styles — cumbias, norteños and Tex-Mex. Critics turn handstands whenever the band drops an album, and their fans follow them à la the Grateful Dead. It is ironic that one of the most important bands of the late 20th century is best known for its cover of Ritchie Valens's "La Bamba." Their first truly significant album, 1984's T Bone Burnett-produced Will The Wolf Survive?, asked the question, and the band answers it affirmatively every time they step onto a stage. Viva Los Lobos.
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