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Los Lobos cover Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Richard Thompson and more

The Band Los Lobos have done some very fine cover versions of other peoples work.

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.  (from

Bertha (original: Grateful Dead)

Los Lobos at the 23rd annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam held at the Civic Center in downtown Asheville, NC. on 12/10/11. Los Lobos covers the Grateful Dead tune “Bertha” with some help from Warren Haynes and Jackie Green.

I’ve found a wonderful  rendition of a Beatles classic.

It is taken from the PBS Special “In The Spotlight: A Beatles Songbook” tv show, aired May 5th 1993, Tomorrow never knows:

From Place-Des-Arts, October 30th 2010 we get Little Wing (original: Jimi Hendrix). The solo may not be not be at Hendrix’s level, but it’s a good interpretation:

Here they cover Richard Thompson’s Shoot out the lights, one of my favourite Thompson songs. They do a very fine job, but the sound is a bit rough on this video. Well worth watching anyway:


Los Lobos did a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on the Arsenio Hall Show, it is great! What a voice, what a great band they are!

What’s Goin’ On:

The last song I’ve picked is Bob Dylan’s Billy1. In 2007, they recorded the song from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid album for the soundtrack to the film, I’m Not There.

Billy1 (audio only):

…and yes I know they did La Bamba, but I’ll let that one rest today.

- Hallgeir

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