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The Blues, Chicano-style

San Gabriel Valley's Delgado Brothers tear it up onstage and on CD

By Gil Contreras
Published on LatinoLA: June 29, 2000


The Blues, Chicano-style


San Gabriel Valley's best-kept blues secret blew the top off the house recently at B.B. Kings at Universal Citywalk. Much like the CD drop party last year, the Delgado Brothers rocked B.B.'s like there was no tomorrow.
Lead guitarist Joey Delgado warmed the crowd up with "Let's Get Back," the title cut from their latest CD, and within minutes had the dance floor full of shaking bodies. With the accompaniment of brothers Bob on bass and Steve, lead vocalist and drummer, the crowd at B.B.'s was once again awed by Joey D's lightening fast blues riffs and percussionist Ray Solis.
The crowd took few breaks as these "overnight" blues headliners (13 years in the making) took the crowd on a musical journey. From East L.A. swing to New Orleans zydeco to bump and grind blues, the Brothers delivered. And, to add spice to an already hot show, John "Juke" Logan, producer of "Let's Get Back," and harmonica player extraordinaire, joined the Brothers on stage, adding that sweet hometown Chicago blues sound to the set.
The Brothers "Let's Get Back," CD is one of the hottest blues CDs on the market. The CD features not only brothers Joey D, Big Bob & Lil Stevie, but also percussionist Ray Solis and keyboardist Michael Thompson to round out the tight Delgado Brothers sound. In addition, the Texacali Horn section makes tracks like "Let's Get Back," "Real Deal," and "Blue Line" come to life.
And, as if that were not enough, David Hidalgo and Victor Bissetti from Los Lobos also lent their talents to the CD, with Hidalgo playing accordion and guitar, as well as helping out with vocals. Another guest on the CD is none other than former Chicano radio DJ Sancho! Although Sancho, a.k.a., Daniel Castro, Ph.D., was unceremoniously removed from the Airwaves of Aztlan (KPCC 89.3 FM) earlier this year after 15 years on the air, he can be heard uttering "?Que Suave!" at the end of the final track, "Church of El Monte."
If you missed the Brothers at B.B. King's, no worries. Go to www.delgadobrothers.com and click on "Delgado Brothers" for upcoming shows. Or for a more in-depth look, go to www.mocomborecords.com. And, if you need a Sancho update, that can be found at www.sanchoshow.com.





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