Los Lobos received the “Best American Album” award for their 2021 studio album Indigenous sons at the 64th Grammy Awards last night. This is their fourth Grammy win. The 13 Native Sons songs were produced by Los Lobos in East Los Angeles and found the band mapping their musical DNA as a kaleidoscopic selection of tribute songs from their home country, ultimately creating a crucial snapshot of the legacy music from Los Angeles. Met with widespread critical acclaim, David Fricke said in his 4-star MOJO review, “Pin Ups en Espanol: East LA’s Biggest Dance Group Are Hosting a ‘Covers’ Party”, while Uncut Magazine credited the album 8 out of 10 stars. Mother Jones said “They’re a national treasure”, while actor, comedian and podcast host Marc Maron exclaimed “Los Lobos make almost every other band look like acts novelty”.

Steve Berlin of Los Lobos accepted the award on behalf of the band, saying, “The concept of this record was gratitude. It was a thank you to the city we started in and the artists and records that inspired us to try to make a living out of it. I think it’s an important concept. I just want to thank everyone who had anything to do with our career. Next year will be 50 years. It’s amazing to think about. These things never get old, so thank you very much.

Of all the avant-garde musical groups that have emerged from Los Angeles, few embody the wildly eclectic spirit of the city more sincerely than Los Lobos. Over the past five decades, the East LA-born band have left an indelible mark on musical history by exploring a huge diversity of genres: rock and roll and R&B, surf music and soul, mariachi and música norteña, punk rock and country. – and building a boldly unpredictable sound all their own.

The National Endowment for the Arts has also named Los Lobos among its new class of National Heritage Fellows. The honor recognizes individuals and groups who represent the richness and breadth of American folk and traditional arts and supports their continued contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.

As with their entire catalog, Indigenous sons reveals Los Lobos’ ability to merge genres and styles with both sophistication and playful spontaneity, an element that is perfectly reflected in the album’s unbridled joy. “I played it for a friend and his first response was that it was a party record, which I think is fair,” says David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Beyond this undeniably feel-good quality, Native Sons essentially serves as a love letter to Los Angeles and the endless possibilities to be found when all boundaries are broken. “I can’t say there’s a common thread running through all of these artists, but in a way, that’s exactly what makes LA great,” Berlin says. “You have R&B, punk rock, rock and roll and folk, and somehow it exists together in this weird town we all call home.”

Los Lobos will kick off another leg of their extensive Native Sons tour this Friday in Santa Maria, California. The tour includes two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 29 and 30, as well as a local show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on August 19 as part of the “Wheels of Soul Tour” alongside the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Please see all dates below.

Quickly finding their footing in the LA punk/college-rock scene, Los Lobos began splitting bills with bands like Public Image Ltd. and the Circle Jerks. After making their major label debut with the critically acclaimed How Will the Wolf Survive? in 1984, they went on to achieve such triumphs as contributing a hit cover of Ritchie Valens’ signature song “La Bamba to the 1987 biopic of the same name, winning four Grammy Awards, collaborating with the likes of Elvis Costello and Ry Cooder, and earning worldwide critical acclaim.

Los Lobos’ Indigenous sons is available NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Los Lobos are always: David Hidalgo (vocals, guitars) – Louie Pérez, Jr. (vocals, guitars) – Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitars, bass, Hammond B3 organ) – Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass) – Steve Berlin (sax, midisax, keyboards )

Los Lobos on tour:

04.08.2022 – Presqu’ile Vineyard – Santa Maria, CA
04.09.2022 – Rio Theater – Santa Cruz, CA
04.10.2022 – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
2022-04-20 – South Orange PAC – South Orange, NJ
23.04.2022 – The Fountain Stage at Regents Square Western New Mexico University – Silver City, NM
28.04.2022 – The Burl – Lexington, Kentucky
2022-04-29 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
05.06.2022 – Boulder Station – Las Vegas, Nevada
05.07.2022 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
2022-02-06 – Egyptian Theater – Park City, UT
06.03.2022 – Egyptian Theater – Park City, UT
06.04.2022 – Egyptian Theater – Park City, UT
06.05.2022 – Egyptian Theater – Park City, UT
2022.06.24 – Daily’s Place Amphitheater – Jacksonville, Florida *
2022-06-25 – Mobile Civic Center – Mobile, AL *
2022-06-26 – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL *
2022.06.28 – The White River State Park Amphitheater – Indianapolis, IN *
29.06.2022 – Fox Theater – Detroit, MI *
7.01.2022 – Constellation Brands / Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center Canandaigua, NY *
7.02.2022 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH *
7.03.2022 – Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts – Saratoga Springs, NY *
7.06.2022 – Westville Music Bowl – New Haven, Connecticut *
7.08.2022 – The Mann Center of Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PA *
7.09.2022 – Midway Lawn – Burlington, Vermont *
7.10.2022 – Great South Bay Music Festival – Patchogue, NY *
7.12.2022 – Artpark – Lewiston, NY *
15.07.2022 – Fox Theater – Atlanta, Georgia *
07/16/2022 – Fox Theater – Atlanta, Georgia *
2022-07-19 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA *
20.07.2022 – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! -Richmond, Virginia*
2022-07-21 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park – Raleigh, NC *
23.07.2022 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC *
24.07.2022 – Rose Music Center at The Heights – Huber Heights, OH *
2022-07-26 – RiverEdge Park – Aurora, IL *
27.07.2022 – Fabulous Fox Theater – St. Louis, MO *
2022-07-29 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO *
2022-07-30 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO *
2022.08.18 – Cal Coast Credit Union Outdoor Theater – San Diego, CA *
19.08.2022 – Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA *
20.08.2022 – UC Berkeley – Berkeley, CA *
23.08.2022 – Memorial Auditorium – Sacramento, CA *
2022-08-24 – Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, OR *
2022-08-26 – White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA *
2022-08-27 – Hayden Homes Amphitheater – Bend, OR *
28.08.2022 – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Reno, NV *
2022-08-31 – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden – Boise, ID *
2022-01-09 – KettleHouse Amphitheater – Bonner, MT *
09.03.2022 – Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater – Moorhead, MN *
2022-09-15-2022-09-18 – Super Legends Cruise – North Long Beach, CA
11.03.2022-11.08.2022 – Outlaw Country West Festival – Los Angeles, CA

* Wheels of Soul Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band