Calexico: Past, Present, Future, Live!

Watch a unique performance from Joey Burns and his bandmate Sergio Mendoza including “Cumbia De Donde”, “Hear the Bells”, and “Service & Repair” .

This week on Past, Present, Future, Live! we bring you a conversation and performance with Joey Burns of Calexico. Over the past 20 plus years Calexico has blended Tex-Mex, indie rock, jazz, surf and other influences to create a unique sound sometimes called “desert noir.”

Joey and his longtime bandmate John Convertino first broke through with “The Black Light” in 1998, and were soon on tour with Pavement and other heroes of theirs. Since then they’ve made more than a dozen albums with collaborators from across the globe including two albums with Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, most recently with 2019’s “Years to Burn”, which was nominated for two Grammys.

Joey explains how he and John started out just messing around together in a house full of instruments, how their sound continues to evolve,, and what travel adds to his experience as a songwriter and composer.

You’ll find music from all the artists mentioned in this interview on our Past, Present, Future, Live! Spotify playlist.

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