The Luz de Vida compilation album, out now on Fort Lowell Records, is a touching musical monument for the victims of the January 8th shootings in Tucson, AZ. When the calls were made to artists to contribute a song, response was huge. Since it was originally conceived as an limited edition LP (1500 copies, yellow vinyl) with room for a mere 12 tracks it was decided to create an extended download version - 36 tracks in all.
The collection is a snapshot of what is happening in the current indie of Tucson, a city that harbours all styles, with a penchant for south of the border tracks. Familiar names from the Fort Lowell Records roster obviously made the cut: Dead Western Plains, Tracey Shedd and Howe Gelb's legendary band Giant Sand, as well as bands from the Spanish speaking community - Salvador Duran, Mariachi Luz de Luna and Chango Malo. The best known international acts are Calexico, Spoon, Meat Puppets, Neko Case and DeVotchKa.
Leonard Bernstein once said: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." With this compilation, all contributing artist have succeeded in doing so.
Please note that Chango Malo's A Change Is Gonna Come (Live) is exclusively available on vinyl.