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Carlos Santana’s Inspired New Album


Carlos Santana has a new, currently untitled, album coming early next year. Here’s the thing about that: it’s his first release entirely in Spanish. I’m sure there’s a reason he’s never done this before, but I’d be speculating at best. One thing’s for sure, Santana is one of the most famous Latino singers to take full advantage of the English language, and as a result, he’s inspired many others along the way. I could mention the mainstream Latino artists like Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, but there are plenty of lesser knowns that owe some debt to Carlos. Here are a few, and if there are any that should be added to this list, please drop their names in the comments section below.


Rodriguez
Not so much influenced, but a contemporary of Santana, Rodriguez released a few albums in the 1960’s and very few in the U.S. took notice. Some people think his name – Rodriguez – turned off people who didn’t want to listen to “ethnic music” – a stigma that Santana was somehow able to overcome in the U.S. I don’t want to say too much, but if you’ve never seen the documentary – Searching for Sugar Man – check out the trailer above, then check out the movie.


Jose Gonzales
Chances are, if you’ve watched television or played videos games in the last few years, you’ve heard from this Argentine-Swedish musician. He was featured on the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack, and most recent, on the final trailers for Breaking Bad.


Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza has won several Grammys. This song should show you why.


Neon Indian
I grew up playing the NES while high on ecstasy, so I definitely have a soft spot for Mexico’s Alan Palomo and co. Neon Indian’s popularity has grown recently, and Alan was even featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.


Damien Jurado
Sooner or later, this guy’s music is going to appear on your favorite television show. You know, during a scene when your favorite character dies. Also, he doesn’t wear shoes on stage, which is aces in my book.


Snow Tha Product
Skills. That’s all her resume should have written on it. Keep an eye out for her latest album, Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover (2013).


Tommy Guerrero
Born in San Fran in the 60’s and the music to back it up. His tunes provide the perfect backdrop for riding a trolley while Steve McQueen speeds by in his Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback.

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