Review: Los Fabulocos feat. Kid Ramos – Dos

Posted on: Thursday, Jul 7, 2011



Delta Groove Music DGPCD142

From West Coast roots and blues specialists Delta Groove comes the second album by ‘Cali-Mex’ quartet Los Fabulocos boasting the fiery talents of David ‘Kid’ Ramos.  The former T-Birds guitarist shuffles into many a different gear here as he joins former members of LA roots-rockers the Blazers, singer/accordionist Jesus Cuevas and drummer Mike Molina, alongside bass man James Barrios, to stir up a satisfying stew blending traditional Mexican music with blues, zydeco and rock n’ roll.  Cali-Mex? It’s all Tex-Mex to me.

This album should please all discerning fans of Los Lobos, Doug Sahm – and the Fabulous Thunderbirds themselves – even if the underlining feel is the roots of zydeco.  (Perhaps we should add the Hacienda Brothers to that list too).  Whatever, Cuevas and Ramos share much of the writing credits in what is an authentic sounding bi-lingual album and these two are clearly master craftsmen. Cuevas’s accordion dexterity and riffing mixes well with his warm understated vocal while the razor-sharp Ramos cuts loose often enough to add a blues flavour to the mix, one that is often a touch unexpected but still a perfectly appropriate intervention.  His solos on the upbeat “The Vibe” and “She Wakes Up Cryin'” are early highlights while his own “My Brother’s Keeper” is the one guiar tour de force but is still pure roots.

The English/Spanish version of Little Richard’s “Keep a Knockin'” has none of the craziness of the original being more a zydeco shuffle interspersed by the Kid’s surf-style guitar work. Surf? Ah, Cali-Mex it is then.

Throughly recommended.



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