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From the Country Standard Time Archives

Los Super Seven live up to name

House of Blues, Hollywood, Cal., Sept. 14, 1998

By Dan MacIntosh

HOLLYWOOD, CA - This wasn't just another band out of East L.A.-this was really something special. Anchored by Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo from Los Lobos, graced by the presence Tejano great Ruben Ramos, and featuring Freddie Fender, Joe Ely and Rick Trevino from the country music world, Los Super Seven saturated the club with beautiful Spanish-language music.

Los Super Six is a more apt name for the group on this night, since accordionist Flaco Jimenez was unable to be with the group this time out. Nevertheless, Joel Guzman filled in ably, and highlighted many of the set's selections with his flying fingers. Rojas admitted that this newly formed band had only rehearsed once before its first ever live show. And while the playing was a little rough around the edges, there was never any lack of enthusiasm.

The night's high point arrived when Fender took the stage. You could just see the respect for Fender shining on his fellow musician's faces as he dug into "Un Lunes Por La Manana." Accompanied by sweet six-string work from Rojas and Hidalgo, and enhanced by the harmonious second vocal of Trevino, this moment reminded all just why this new outfit dares to call itself super.

The audience swayed along to the inviting music of Los Super Seven, even though few understood the words. This didn't matter, though, because Los Super Seven played with such a joyful love for this roots music, that language was never barrier at all.

It's been said that seven is the number of perfection, and nothing could have been more perfect than this night of Tex-Mex and Tejano music.