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COWBOY RUMBA combines the storytelling tradition of country lyrics with state-of-the-art Latin music -- salsa, timba, rumba, son and merengue. The unexpected musical fusion of COWBOY RUMBA features the hottest players in the world of Latin music, spun together by an ex-Texan who runs the coolest Cuban label in the US of America. Qbadisc, the label that pioneered the popular uprising stateside of the music in and around Cuba, is owned and operated by Ned Sublette.
The album features eight originals and two covers: a merengue version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky," co-produced in Santo Domingo with Ramon Orlando, and a hardcore rumba version of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" with the greatest rumba group of all time, Cuba's Los Muñequitos De Matanzas. The album's pantheon of heavy-duty guests includes Cuba's NG La Banda (the trend-setting band of the 90s in Cuba), Puerto Rico's Yomo Toro, and Texas's favorite son Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and dobro. The supporting players are a host of first-call New York musicians, most of whom have worked with Ned for years, including such luminaries as pianists "Professor" Joe Torres and young Cuban firebrand Lisandro Arias, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, percussionists Jimmy Delgado, Johnny Almendra, and Eric Velez, drummer Robby Ameen, and many more, with legendary salsa engineer Jon Fausty at the controls. And at the center is what one critic called "Ned's rich Texas brew of a voice," telling stories of drinking, cheating, and love lost and found with shout-outs to Havana and Albuquerque.
One of my all time favorites. Of course that's the result of getting excellent Cuban musicians together with a "Guggenheim Fellow" / Cowboy named Ned Sublette. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian F. McGee
I've always admired Sublette for having penned (and recorded) "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" and I wanted to hear what his other musical endeavors were like. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Mark R. Johnston
This album is awesome. Like everyone else is saying it just keeps you coming back for more! I will say that i listened to it a little bit about four months ago and it didn't do... Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by flozguys
Country Western Cuban? Don't think it isn't possible! You'll have a grin on your face after listening to the cd, and believe me, you'll want to listen to it over and over! Read morePublished on December 13, 2007 by scrabble
The music is infectious, the lyrics are sublime. If you like salsa or rumba or C/W this CD will keep a smile on your face and a swivel in your hips. Viva Ned!Published on August 4, 2000 by Michael Farrell