Thursday, 7 February 2013

Depedro - 'Don't Leave Me Now'

World Music Corner

Depedro - 'Don't Leave Me Now' feat Calexico (2009)

I would love to say that this perfect slice of Tex-Mex goodness evokes memories of a magical road trip across the Mojave desert or trying in vain to convince a sultry Mexican mamacita to share one last Margherita with me. Alas, the first time I heard this was on a family expedition to the glutton fest which is Toby Carvery but memorable nonetheless as it hit me like a giant slice of roast beef.

It has Calexico's unmistakable Alt-Country/Mariachi style that I have a real soft spot for. I love the brushed drumming and the way the horns sound like a departing steam train at the beginning and end of the song, as our desperado goes off to try and win his lady's heart back.

Would you like beef, gammon or turkey? I'll have the lot!

Depedro is the Moniker of former long time Madrid session guitarist Jairo Zavala, an artist who mixes elements of Afrobeat, reggae and blues but with his roots firmly in Latin music. It's this mix of genres that first attracted Calexico's Joey Burns to him who, as a result, invited Jairo to play with them whilst on their Spanish tour several years ago. Joey Burns subsequently offered to help Depedro produce his self titled debut album, from which 'Don't Leave Me Now' is taken from, at their studio in Tucson, Arizona. Depedro is releasing his 3rd album in April this year and it looks like Joey Burns' crew are at the helm again, See below.

You'll also be pleased to know that I opted for roast beef with all the trimmings and despite not going for seconds we all had a good feed.

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Depedro - 'Don't Leave Me Now'
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7 February 2013 at 09:13

Anything with Mr Burns is always worth to listen to. To think I could have seen Calexico and Tinawaren when they plain quite near. A big regret.

7 February 2013 at 13:35

Great song, moody and sultry with the stars being the horns and drums. Joey can do no wrong....ever!