Los Fabulocos play with enough energy to power a small fleet of
lowrider vehicles. It\'s a fuel that burns full- throttle, ignited by the heat of soulful guitar and accordion solos that will make your heart bleed.
Anyone with even a passing fancy of American roots music or blues is certainly no stranger to Kid Ramos. Throughout most of the ‘80s, Ramos was a member of what is often considered to be the classic lineup of the James Harman Band, a group that performed up and down the California coastline and opened for such diverse musical acts as X, Oingo Boingo, The Blasters and The Plimsouls. Ramos left the band in ‘88 to begin a family, holding down a day job delivering bottled water for several years before eventually being coaxed back into music full time by Kim Wilson in ’95 as a full fledged member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds for seven years. Ramos released three successful solo recordings on Evidence Records beginning in ’99 and currently plays an active role as a featured guitarist in the critically acclaimed all-star revue, The Mannish Boys.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Ramos recently teamed up with vocalist/accordionist Jesus Cuevas, bassist James Barrios and drummer Mike Molina to form the CaliMex roots oriented quartet Los Fabulocos. The band is fronted by Cuevas, who spent a decade lending his talents on accordion with the East L.A. based group The Blazers, known for their rousing, danceable mix of rocked up norteño, cumbia, and other Mexican styles combined with blues, surf, and country music. Alternating between guitar and the bajo sexto, a type of 12-string guitar commonly associated with norteño and conjunto music, Los Fabulocos is powered by Ramos’ muscular tone and high octane delivery adding more fuel to the fire.
Los Fabulocos simmers up a spicy and tantalizing blend of traditional Spanish and Mexican music, Blues, R&B and Rockabilly delivered with sincerity, honesty and passion. It’s a special brand of roots oriented music that shares much in common with the south of the border stylings of such pioneering acts as Los Lobos, the Hacienda Brothers, and Doug Sahm’s Texas Tornados. “We mix it up,” Ramos explains. “We play songs in Spanish, then we’ll do a Fats Domino song, then we’ll play a blues, and then we’ll do a Buck Owens or Johnny Cash song. People look and go, ‘What?’ Then, all of the sudden, they just start dancing and having smiles on their faces.”
Before you slip this disc into your CD player you might want to get real comfortable, better yet you may want to grab some beer and snacks because once the music starts you’re not going to want to move until you’ve heard it through two or three times.
Los Fabulocos are one of those groups that come along every so often to remind us that American music is alive and doing just fine. Whether they are singing their brand of the Cali-Mex sound in English or Spanish one can’t help but feel their soulful passion for the things they sing about—love, heartache and working class life in America.
Veterans of Southern California’s Chicano music scene, Jesus Cuevas, drummer Mike Molina and bass player James Barrios have teamed up with legendary blues guitarist Kid Ramos to continue their musical journey down the road that their musical ancestors paved.
The bands remakes of Rockin’ Dopsie’s “You Ain’t Nothing But Fine,” “Crazy Baby” (inspired by Doug Sahm’s version), Lloyd Price’s 1958 classic “Just Because” and the great cancíonero Mexicano Cornelio Reyna’s “Como Un Perro” take us to the depths of their musical roots.
Los Fabulocos Cali-Mex sound (the west coast cousin of the Tex-Mex sound) is put into over-drive with several original compositions driven by Jesus Cuevas’ squeeze box and the guitar work of Kid Ramos who leads the band on the smoking instrumental “Burnin‘ The Chicken.”
As each tune begins you may ask yourself as I did “Is this blues? Traditional rancheras? Maybe it’s swamp rock or that Tex-Mex sound?” In the end you’ll realize that it’s music for the soul—good ole’ rock ‘n roll.
– By Ruben Molina (Author of “Chicano Soul”) www.mictlan.com
Jesus cuevas Thanks: God, mi Ma` y mi Pa`, mi Familia, Big Manny, Mr. Calvillo for all the music, Randy Chortkoff and everybody at Delta Groove. This album is dedicated to la memoria de mi Abuelita. Mexico-Americano is in memory of Big Alex. kid Ramos Thanks: Linda Ramos, Anthony Ramos, Johnny Ramos, Heather Lopez and familia, Mike Eldred at Fender Guitars, Kim Martin, Harvest Landscape, Steven Schinhofen, Bob Avon and Avon Bros. Contractors, Wayne and Holly Palmer, Mondo Cortez, Loara PTA, Juan and The Doll Hut. This album is dedicated to my Mother Dolores Giardino Bice. James Barrios Thanks: My wife Donna and my sons Max and Johnny for their unrelenting love and support. This record is dedicated to my late father John (Seagrams) Barrios. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Eldred of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation for his support of Los Fabulocos. James Barrios plays the Fender American Standard P Bass exclusively. Mike Molina thanks: My Lord Jesus Christ, my family for their love, support, patience and understanding, Dave Gonzalez, Richard “El Patón” Innes, Lorenzo Martinez, Rudy Benevidez, Ruben Molina, KSYM & the good people of San Antonio. from los fabulocos: We are grateful to all our friends, fans & club owners that believed and supported our music since the beginning. We could not have done this without you. We love and thank you all so very much and we look forward to seeing you at our next pachanga! This album is dedicated to the memory of Chris Gaffney, a real soul brother to us all.
FROM RANDY CHORTKOFF: Having known Kid Ramos for many years and being a huge fan myself, I knew upon hearing his latest venture with Los Fabulocos that this project would strongly add to the flavor and diversity of the Delta Groove label. Being from California myself, I saw this as a perfect fit and a wonderful opportunity to expand our brand to accommodate a larger slice of the American musical art form without straying too far from my original vision for the label. Their music encompasses the roots of all American music; from Rhythm & Blues to Rockabilly, Tex-Mex to Blues, to the origins of early Rock ‘N’ Roll. On top of that, they’re also the greatest bunch of guys you could ever meet. I wish them all the very best and the greatest of success in their future endeavors.
Jesus Cuevas: vocals, Hohner button accordion (all except “Lonesome Tears”)
Kid Ramos: guitar, baritone guitar, bajo sexto, Spanish guitar, vocals (“Lonesome Tears”), background vocals (“All Night Long”), hand claps (“Educated Fool”)
James Barrios: bass (except “Lonesome Tears”), background vocals (except “All Night Long”), hand claps (”Educated Fool”)
Mike Molina: Drums (7, 9, 10, 12)
Richard “El Patón” Innes: drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11), hand claps (“Educated Fool”)
Lorenzo Martinez: drums (Tracks 5, 13)
Johnny Bazz: upright bass (“Lonesome Tears”)
Ron Felton: percussion (“Lonesome Tears”)
Eddie Baytos: percussion (“Lonesome Tears”)
Executive Producer: Randy Chortkoff • Produced, Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by David Z at Castle Oaks Studio - Calabasas, CA • Except “Lonesome Tears” - Recorded by Ron Dziubla at Eddie Baytos • Sequenced by Jeff Fleenor • Mastered by Robert Hadley (The Mastering Lab - Ojai, CA) • Photography by Kim Martin (flickr.com/people/orbitgal) • Artwork & Design by Joshua Temkin and Jim Hanft • Liner Notes by Ruben Molina • Radio Promotion by Kristal (Blue) McManigal • Retail by Jeff Fleenor • Business Affairs by Malcolm Wiseman