What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You'd have the FrancoÂ Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by the accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous music the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their new albumÂ Juarez.
Taking their cues from all of the above influences and then some, Juarez, the band's first studioÂ album since 2012âsÂ Sin to Sin, redefines the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras...and even languages. It's as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza MÃ©xico were all within earshotÂ of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them.Â Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades save for a short, KatrinaÂ imposed exileÂ in AustinÂ the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded withÂ everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights.
Their twoÂ decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically,Â yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play. Â Through eight studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and a flood that did itsÂ best to take their adopted city with it, it's a testament to the band's endurance that the same fourÂ guys that started playing in the early 1990s are still together. Joe CabralÂ is philosophical about the band's persistence in the face of challenges that would have felledÂ indeed have felledÂ lesser bands. âFirst of all, this is all we know how to do; we're musicians. But more than that,â he continues,Â âwe respect the power of the band as an entity, and each individual in the band steps up to play hisÂ part. When it's good, that's really what it's all about.â
Rod Hodges agrees. âI don't want to get all heady and mystical about this, but it's not really anÂ outward reward we're looking for. We all enjoy playing music, we all get along, and finding a group ofÂ people who can say that after all this time is a rare thing.â Â
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