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Artist: Delgado Brothers

RockCellar Magazine | Independent Artist Program
The Delgado Brothers (aka the ‘Latin Blues’ brothers) are a uniquely LA band. Guitarist Joey Delgado cheerfully shares recollections of hanging around the living room as his older brothers Bob, Danny and Eddie jammed on guitar for an audience of pretty girls, at a time when everyone was inspired by the Beatles and Elvis Presley to learn chords and rock out. In an active family of six brothers and five sisters, it was only natural that the Delgados would start playing together in various configurations around East LA. In retrospect, it was a fascinating and consequential period in LA music: the older Delgados were going to high school with members of Los Lobos while bands like Cannibal & the Headhunters and Thee Midniters were heating up East LA’s burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene, infusing it with R&B. Danny and Eddie Delgado were also playing in East LA bands like Thee Exotics and Thee Ambertones and Joey listened, soaking up sounds as he gradually became a formidable guitarist in his own right. Fast forward, past the halcyon mid-1960s days of playing three or four school dances a night, to the other side of the Vietnam War, past the disco craze and personal struggles and inevitable industry setbacks. In 1984, Bob tapped Joey and younger drummer brother Steve to join him in a band playing the kind of gritty blues — Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King — that inspired so many of the British rock bands that had originally inspired them to make music. They infused that with Latin grooves, soul and rock, and word got around about live shows fired up by deep grooves, Joey’s fretwork and Steve’s thoughtful lyrics. The lineup has long since solidified with invaluable Hammond B3 organist David “B” Kelley.


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