Released: Aug 2008
Label: Nat Geo Music
DePedro is penning music for the border -- the U.S./Mexico border, even though band founder Jairo Zavala hails from Spain, light-years away (musically speaking) in the Iberian peninsula. But from the first notes of DePedro, it's clear you're in the presence of a rare talent. His imaginary borderland feels right -- the hot wind on your face, the lonely distances, the acoustic guitar and idiosyncratic jazz horns. Zavala's meditative baritone cinches the deal, as he sings in a savvy mix of English and Spanish to expert production by Craig Schumacher (Giant Sand, Neko Case).