A tasty musical stew
L.A.'s Blazers combine blues, country, rock and Tex-Mex into a rollicking roots music that is equal parts Richie Valens and Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf and Roomful of Blues. their second release on ronder Records has the same eclectic, wide-open approach to music as their 1994 debut, "Short Fuse."
Unlike many roots bands that take all the above styles and put them into a musical belnder, creating a puree with no recognizable parts, the Blazers keep large chunks of their different influences intact more paella than puree. Thus, you'll hear songs that are almost pure country, others that are straight-ahead blues, and yet others that are almost purely Latin ("Cumbia del Sol").
The Blazers play with such passion and panache, though, that the stylistic variations are never jarring indeed, it all makes perfect sense.
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