A Dos of Los Fabulocos
On Dos (DeltaGroove 2/16/11) Los Fabulocos rip through a dozen tracks of bilingual border music that would make a perfect soundtrack for just about any party. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lobos and the Texas Tornados are all touchstones but Los Fabulocos bend and extend the border all the way to New Orleans and take a right turn deep into Mexico. On “Una Pura Y Dos Con Sal” Jesus Cuevas plays an accordian that would make the late Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion) proud. Little Richard’s “Keep A Knockin’ ” is covered and transformed into a sax driven semi surf rave up while “The Vibe” veers close to Zydeco. An equal mix of covers and originals, Dos carries on and extends the tradition of the previously mentioned bands as well as Freddy Fender and Flaco Jiminez to name a few. Jesus Cuevas, Kid Ramos, James Barrios and Mike Molina play a multi-style bilingual version of ethnic roots rock that loosely fits into the box of Americana. Maybe it’s time for yet another genre: Mexicamericana?