Live from Austin TX: Calexico
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They have been called "the voice of the American southwest," but the fact of the matter is that musically Calexico is all over the map. But when they made their debut on the Austin City Limits stage on September 13, 2006, their record Garden Ruin had taken them in new directions. After a decade of creating an eclectic sound that evokes images of sun-scorched rocks and windswept deserts, Calexico pulls a few surprises out of their musical bag to fill those dusty, empty landscapes with a big, big sound.
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In the DVD package, they list their influences as "Portuguese fado, 50's Jazz, gypsy music, 60's surf, and spaghetti western epics, among others".
I know one thing, it sure is great music!!! It's hard to describe, but I would call it somewhat "Jam" oriented.
They are named "Calexico" after a border town on the California/Mexico Line. According to informantion in the DVD package, they have been referred to as the "Sound of the Southwest".
The line-up consists of: Joey Burns on lead vocals and Guitar, John Convertino on drums, percussion, Martin Wenk on trumpet, guitars, vibraphone, keyboard ,accordian, vocals, Volker Zander on contrabass, bass guitar, vocals, Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet, vibraphone, shakers, vocals, and Paul Niehaus on pedal steel guitar and vocals.
The concert includes special guests: Salvador Duran (from Mexico), on vocals, shakers, and tarima, and Sam Beam on vocals and guitar, and Sarah Beam on violin and vocals.
It consists of 15 songs with an approx. run time of 77 minutes. The song set is as follows:
1. Convict Pool
2. Across the Wire
4. El Picador
5. Sunken Waltz
6. Not even Stevie Nicks
8. All Systems Red
9. Sonic Wind
10.Alone Again Or
11.Roka w/Salvador Duran
12.He Lays in the Reins w/Salvador, Sam and Sarah Beam
13.Guero Canelo w/Salvador Duran
14.Letter to Bowie Knife
This is great music, I've never seen or heard anything quite like this music. If you like music, order this, you'll love it!!! I am so glad I acted on my whim and bought this new release. You'll love it too. Thanks, and may God bless!!!