Happy Birthday to Conrad Lozano – born March 21, 1951 | Conrad Lozano

Conrad Lozano (born in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician and the bass player for Los Lobos.

Conrad Lozano and Los Lobos have come full circle. More than 40 years after the band’s debut, Del Este de Los Angeles (Just Another Band from East L.A.), the band returned to the old neighborhood to cut the vibey Tin Can Trust. Lozano anchors the notorious genre jumpers on electric and acoustic basses as the gang hops from the dusty Americana of “I’ll Burn It Down” to the saucy cumbia of “Yo Canto,” the slow burn of “Jupiter or the Moon,” and the hippie bounce of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway.”

2007–present: Tin Can Trust

In 2007, the group performed a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Billy 1” (from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid) for the soundtrack to Todd Haynes’s film I’m Not There. Also in 2007, they participated in Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard), contributing their version of Domino’s “The Fat Man”.

In 2009, the group under contractual obligation to Disney Music released an album of Disney covers, Los Lobos Goes Disney (Disney Sound/Walt Disney Records) and more enthusiastically participated in a tribute album to the late Doug Sahm, Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard).

In 2010, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo were featured artists in the Experience Hendrix Tour. On August 3, 2010, the group released their first album of new material in 4 years, entitled Tin Can Trust, through Shout! Factory, which features two Spanish-language tracks.

In 2011, the group was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2013, the group toured Europe supporting Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

On April 11, 2014, the band played two shows at the Kessler Theater in Dallas. Cesar Rosas did not appear. When a fan shouted, “Where is he?”, David Hidalgo responded, “Where’s Cesar? That’s what I said!” The band soldiered on in jam mode, enlisting guests Max Baca and his nephew Josh Baca of the Grammy-winning San Antonio conjunto band Los Texmaniacs. The band’s Management did not return phone calls from the Dallas Morning News for an explanation. On April 13, 2014, Cesar Rosas appeared with the band at the newly remodeled Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, again with Max Baca and Josh Baca as guests, and with Robert Cray as support.

On October 9, 2015, Los Lobos was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time.

In 2017, Los Lobos appeared in the multi award-winning documentary film The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon, where they recorded, “El Cascabel”, live direct-to-disc on the first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s. During their session, the belt holding the 100Ib weight that powered the 1924 cutting lathe broke and Jack White had to rush to an upholstery shop to repair it.

2017-06-11 Los Lobos, Cesar, Conrad & Enrique.

Los Lobos was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2018.

Members

  • David Hidalgo – vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle, requinto jarocho (1973–present)
  • Louie Pérez – vocals, guitar, drums, jarana huasteca (1973–present)
  • Cesar Rosas – vocals, guitar, bajo sexto (1973–present)
  • Conrad Lozano – vocals, bass, guitarron (1974–present)
  • Steve Berlin – keyboards, woodwinds (1984–present)

Former members

  • Francisco “Frank” González – vocals, mandolin, arpa jarocha (1973–1976)
  • Richard Escalante – vocals, bass (1973–1974)

Touring musicians

  • Victor Bisetti – drums, percussion (1990–2003)
  • Cougar Estrada – drums, percussion (2003–2011)
  • Enrique “Bugs” González – drums, percussion (2012–present)

Discography

Albums

  • Si Se Puede!, 1976
  • Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles (Just another band from East L.A.), 1978
  • …And a Time to Dance EP, 1983
  • How Will the Wolf Survive?, 1984
  • By the Light of the Moon, 1987
  • La Pistola y el Corazón, 1988
  • The Neighborhood, 1990
  • Kiko, 1992
  • Papa’s Dream, 1995
  • Colossal Head, 1996
  • This Time, 1999
  • Good Morning Aztlán, 2002
  • The Ride, 2004
  • Ride This – The Covers EP, 2004
  • Live at the Fillmore, 2005
  • Acoustic en Vivo, 2005
  • The Town and the City, 2006
  • Los Lobos Goes Disney, 2009
  • Tin Can Trust, 2010
  • Kiko Live, 2012 (Recorded February 24, 2006 at House of Blues, San Diego)
  • Disconnected in New York City, 2013
  • Gates of Gold, 2015

Compilations

  • Just Another Band from East L.A. – A Collection, 1993
  • El Cancionero Mas y Mas, 2000 (boxed set)
  • Wolf Tracks – Best of Los Lobos, 2006

Soundtrack, compilation, and guest appearances

  • Eating Raoul [Original Soundtrack], 1982 – US 2 tracks: “Diablo Con Vestido” and “How Much Can I Do” Varese Sarabande STV 81164
  • L.A. Rockabilly, 1982 Rhino Records – “We’re Gonna Rock”
  • Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986 – “All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints”
  • La Bamba [Original Soundtrack], 1987 – US 2x platinum: “La Bamba”, “Come On, Let’s Go” and six others
  • Colors [Original Soundtrack], 1988 – “One Time, One Night”.
  • Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films, 1988 – “I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)”
  • Bull Durham, 1988 – “I Got Loaded”
  • Hey Good Lookin’ (video), Buckwheat Zydeco, 1990 – with David Hidalgo and Dwight Yoakam
  • Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume III, 1994 – live performance of “La Bamba” from the 1988 Grammy Awards
  • Desperado: The Soundtrack, 1995 (primary score composer and performer)
  • The Last Supper, 1995 “Wicked Rain”
  • Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin, 1998
  • The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series, 1999 – “Viking”
  • Live at the World Café – Volume 9, 1999 – “This Time”
  • Spy Kids
  • Look at All the Love We Found (Sublime Tribute Album), 2005 º “Pawn Shop”
  • Nacho Libre, 2006 – “Saint Behind the Glass”
  • I’m Not There, 2007 – “Billy 1”
  • Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, 2007 -–”The Fat Man”
  • Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, 2009 – “It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down”
  • Man of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney, 2010 – “A Man of Somebody’s Dreams”
  • El Infierno, 2010 – “Prenda de mi alma”
  • Rango, 2011 – “Rango Theme Song”
  • Use Me, David Bromberg, 2011 – “The Long Goodbye”
  • Music from The American Epic Sessions: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2017 – “El Cascabel”

DVD

  • Live at the Fillmore, 2004
  • Kiko Live, 2012 (Recorded February 24, 2006 at House of Blues, San Diego)
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