There are certain bands that have a destiny written into their souls. They are brought together by a love of certain musical styles and then destiny takes over and their trajectory takes on a life of its own. That is surely true for Tremoloco. On paper the group that was formed in Los Angeles in 2007 might appear to be a rootsy conglomerate of inspired musicians. But in reality it’s more like an aggregation that is guided by the joy of surprise. The musicians on board Tremoloco’s new album come from a wide range of areas but when they join together surprises abound and it’s like they have entered their own musical time zone. Tony Zamora is in the captain’s seat but it’s also true that each player is in on the creation of the band’s spirit and sound. “Luckily with the players we use, not much could go wrong if I could write songs that fit us.

CURANDERA is the kind of album that Tremoloco was born to create. “Tremoloco has always been a collective of outstanding musicians he says, It has been that way from the beginning. So many players joined in on the project because we played only what we loved and even well-known musicians simply said yes. It seemed like all we had to do was ask, which is why there have been dozens of players on the various albums. It expanded to a who’s who of Texas and California roots players. When I reunited with Cougar Estrada and along with long time accordionist Roberto Rodriguez III it gave me a sort of core which comes as close to a steady lineup as we’ve ever had.”

It has been more than three-and-a-half years since the band’s last album and as the group weathered the long pandemic without touring there’s an excitement for the new songs that let the band gear up for a strong national release June 2nd. Working with Grammy-nominated artist Cougar Estrada, who produced TREMOLOCO’s lauded 2008 release DULCINEA, allowed all those years of friendship and experience to explode again. Tony Zamora and the entire band are ready to show their fans and new listeners alike just what a treasure their group is for music lovers of all persuasions.

The range of the new songs from “Mezcal” to “Dixie Overland Highway” to “Mas Que Nada” are a new high point for Tremoloco, one that reveals itself deeper and deeper throughout the album. By the last song, the title cut Curandera, there is such a sweeping power to the new music that longtime fans and new listeners alike are in for a testament from a band at their very peak.

Asked about how CURANDERA feels to him now that it’s completed, Zamora says, “This album has a very Tex-Mex Southwest feel to it, with elements of Spaghetti Western movie soundtracks, that dry California vibe, the beaches of Baja Mexico and the humid Texas/Louisiana heat. It all feels like home to us. I can’t really describe how it’s different from past records but it’s definitely who we are today.”

The trajectory of a band’s career is often unique for each group. For Tremoloco it has been a rollercoaster ride unlike almost all other American bands. In addressing how the band has changed over those years Zamora is very succinct: “We got older.” But he quickly adds “Along with that, one finally figures out what you don’t know. Does that make the music better? I don’t know, (laughs) but I do think it feels both easier and harder.”

The musician adds, ”We want this one to be heard by as many music lovers as possible. After all these years I feel this one really deserves it.”

CURANDERA VOLUME I Coming soon from a borderless American band to a world near yours.

-Bill Bentley April 2023-

Tony Zamora and Tremoloco


Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band who have been described as Sonoran Gothic Folk, Gulf Coast roots and Tex-Mexican-Americana.
They sometimes refer to it as simply “CANTINA MUSIC”.

“Mexican groove and swing: The Los Angeles/Houston band Tremoloco play a singular blend of Mexican and American roots music, delivering original songs in Spanish and English that draw on a promiscuously diverse array of musical traditions. Encompassing Nashville twang and Louisiana bayou grooves, New Orleans R&B, Delta blues, rancheros, cumbias and Tex-Mex romps, the band’s recently released fourth album “Deseo” paints a series of vivid, dance-inducing portraits, sometimes humorous, sometimes historical, and always well-crafted. With Tony Zamora on vocals, basses and guitars, Roberto Rodriguez III on accordion and vocals, Willy T Golden on dobro and lap steel, Tremoloco features a veteran cast of players with an impressive roster of credits.
— Mercury News, Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent September 2018

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Current touring band:
Tony Zamora – vocal, guitars acoustic/elec, basses elec/upright, guitarron, vihuela, ukelele, organ
Roberto Rodriguez – vocals, accordion, bajo sexto, guitar
Cougar Estrada – drums, percussion. piano, vocals
Willy T Golden – lap steel, dobro, pedal steel, vocal