Thursday, 15 December 2016

From Freddy To Freddy

I recently picked up for a couple of quid  "Amexica", the 2014 album by Trujillo. I had never heard of him/them before, but it looked interesting. And so it turned out to be.

Extensive research - I googled the press release - reveals that Trujillo is one Freddy Trujillo, a bass-playing singer-songwriter originally from California but now based in Portland. He has been around since the 1980s and played with various bands, of whom the best known is probably Richmond Fontaine.

According to the blurb, "Amexica" is "a kaleidascopic romp through Freddy's own colorful history, with nods to musical heroes as well as odes to fallen friends, personal relationships and his own beloved children", and "nothing less than the sum-total of all dues paid: having played every possible type of venue, crafted every type of song, and immersed himself in the study of his Mexican heritage".

Now that's as maybe, but its a good record. Here are a couple of the highlights, including one of those nods to a musical hero. The musical hero himself appears below, modelling a classic look.

"Santa Fe" - Trujillo

"Freddy Fender" - Trujillo

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