These days, Calexico's having a hard time fitting all of its members into one van. It used to be just John and Joey loading the drums and guitar into a car and driving. They could unload, set up and soundcheck as effortlessly as your average lead singer could mumble, "Testing, one, two. Testing. Testing." Their ability to, in the immortal words of the Minutemen, "jam econo" was unparalleled, the result of years of learning the touring ropes, first as the rhythm section for fellow Tucsoners Giant Sand, then as a rhythm section for hire (for, among others, Victoria Williams, Richard Buckner and Barbara Manning) and, finally, as the duo Calexico -- two guys in a car traveling around America, stopping every 400 miles to play their pared-down brand of countryish desert-rock. But... More >>>
By Bill Carter
Calexico: To label the band a merger of American and Latino sensibilities is to deny the expansive curiosity of its hub, Joey Burns (left) and percussionist John Convertino.