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Calexico

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Calexico's Joey Burns and Mariachi de La Luna's Ruben (above), John on the drums (below) live at Solar Culture, February 2003.

IMAGES: CIA ROMANO Šć2003

Literate, souful, and infused with the lonely beauty of the Sonoran desert, Calexico's haunting sound seems to get better every time you see them. Respected internationally by critics and audiences alike, the band is known for collaborating with musicians of equal caliber. Calexico may have the biggest bragging rights in town, but the its low-key, community-oriented attitude would never give that away. Front man Joey Burns tell us more.

NAME:

"Joey Burns."

OCCUPATION:

"Musician and lead guitarist, member of the band Calexico. I have an open mind, and fresh perspective. I'm always open to reinvention."

QUOTE:

"I always enjoy going out to experience the music scene in Tucson. You never know what you are going to see. There are a lot of great musicians and old characters here."

BANDS: Calexico, Giant Sand

OTHER CO-CONSPIRATORS:

"John Conventino, our drummer.
An ever-changing cast of musicians, including a full Mariachi band [the fabulous Mariachi Luz de Luna]."

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"I've been all over the world. When I was touring to Los Angeles back in '94 we stopped in Tucson. We liked the people, location and overall feel of the town so much we decided to come back and live here."

BORN IN:

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HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

since 1995

DESCRIBE TUCSON:

"It's a wonderful environment for art and music."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

"Give some of the old abandoned downtown locations to the local artists. They'll make it into something worthwhile."

CONNECTING POINTS:

"Solar Culture (the neighbors are cool, and it is within walking distance to the Wavelab recording studio), Congress."

ARTIFACTS:

"Lots of CDs, including one with Naim Amor." Check out www.casadecalexico.com for the latest.

CONTACT:

Chad Nelson, publicist, chad@tgrec.com


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