This week Mark Guerrero’s guest on Chicano Music Chronicles is renowned American songwriter, percussionist and guitarist for Los Lobos and Latin Playboys, Louie Pérez. As co-founder of the legendary music group Los Lobos, Louie started primarily playing the Jarana, a small Mexican guitar and singing in the Los Lobos first acoustic album, Just Another Band from East Los Angeles. Later he would shift to playing drums for the group when it went electronic. As years went by, and the group matured into playing a wide range of rock and roll and then original musical compositions that, as in the album Kiko, defied easy categorization, Louie’s talents focused on songwriting. With an astounding range of albums that span decades, Louie has been in the forefront guiding the group’s musical direction in albums ranging from How Will the Wolf Survive to La Pistola y El Corazon, La Bamba, By the Light of the Moon, Good Morning Aztlan, Kiko and so many more. Spanning fifty years of music production, Los Lobos is one of the longest surviving American rock and roll bands.
Check out Mark Guerrero’s intense and thorough interview with Louie on all aspects of his music. Just click onto the Latinopia thumbnail and listen to the Chicano Radio Network at 7PM every night in March. Don’t miss out on this incredible treat!