Current live/touring band:
Tony Zamora – vocals, guitars, basses
Roberto Rodriguez III – accordion, vocals
Willy T Golden – lap steel, dobro, vocals
Cougar Estrada – drums
Kevin Belzner – drums
Mike J. Woodford – percussion
Los Angeles, California
Tony Zamora was born to a large musical family in Los Angeles. Instruments, bands, young musicians and rehearsals were always present as his older siblings were part of the 1960’s East L.A. music scene. This was the same era that fostered Cannibal and the Headhunters, Little Willie G. & Thee Midniters and Los Lobos among others. These were hometown heroes that found national acclaim and were among the first Latino rockers to find success.
This environment provided an early exposure to music starting with early piano lessons then later playing in the youth orchestra for the Salesian High School Music program in East L.A. developed by renowned teacher Prof. William Taggert.
With an ever-increasing interest in roots, regional folk or ethnic music (especially West Coast music) and a renewed appreciation of Mexican folk music came a period of journeyman sideman work which included:
Singer/songwriter of LA. roots band Tremoloco, bassist with Cougar Estrada’s The Lounge Trio, Irish folk band The Twilight Lords, country/folk artists Rick Shea, Fur Dixon and blues artists Kid Ramos, The 44’s, (legendary L.A. hitmakers) Lowrider Band featuring original members of War. Little Willie G of Thee Midnighters, recorded with stellar musicians including Ian McLagan, Stephen Bruton, Delaney Bramlett, David Hidalgo, Ruben Ramos, Greg Leisz, Red Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Joel Guzman, Jerry Donahue, The Mojo Monkeys, Big Manny Gonzalez, Claire Muldaur, Los Tex Maniacs, Los Fabulocos, Jeff Ross and many others
Several Tremoloco songs appear on director Scott Windhauser’s upcoming film “Death in Texas”. Set in El Paso. Music by Vince Emmett
First footage from Death In Texas, the action-thriller starring Bruce Dern as a bloodthirsty cartel leader. https://youtu.be/PGVURSAwLwU
Also in the cast are Ronnie Gene Blevins, John Ashton, Lara Flynn Boyle and Stephen Lang. Blevins plays Billy Walker, recently released from prison, who in a last ditch effort to save his dying mother, descends into El Paso’s underbelly
Fall of 2020
Tremoloco in a
Distanced Concert Series
@ Pappy & Harriet’s
A 30 minute intimate all acoustic concert filmed in this venerated high desert venue featuring songs from upcoming record.
Rick Shea’s latest release “Love and Desperation” featuring “Juanita” a track co-written by Tony Zamora
Tony and Tremoloco band mate Roberto Rodriguez on renowned, award winning Canadian artist Tim Williams latest release Corazones Y Murallas (Hearts and High Walls)
Production work on latest Tremoloco recording “DESEO”
Support tours with live band
2016 – Musical Director Tony Zamora
Possesion: The Legend of El Rojo
Performed the music along with other Tremoloco members for this fun and interesting play.
2014 James Byous release “Broken Ghost, Tony played guitarron (bass) on “The Wild Ones”
Lowrider Band (Harold Brown, Lee Oskar original members of War) – along with David Hidalgo wrote songs for Tremoloco’s 2008’s release Dulcinea
Rick Shea – played in live band and on 2013 release “Sweet Bernardine” and 2009’s “Shelter Valley Blues”
Tremoloco – “Tremoloco Live” EP 2005″ Dulcinea” 2008, “Salsipuedes” 2013, 2017 “Deseo”
Fur Dixon and Steve Werner– played on 2010 release “Songs of The Open Road” Volume I
Cougar Estrada – 2007’s release “Firefly” played bass and co-wrote title track
Played bass on tours in Mexico, New York, Colorado, Texas and California.
October 2008 McCabes Guitars 50th Anniversary Concert, Royce Hall UCLA and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, Ca. 2007
Shark from The Wild Colonials – played live and on various film soundtracks including: The Wild Colonials album “Reel Life”
Clare Muldaur – Composer, singer songwriter, played in live band and appeared on “Sweetheart” album
The Twilight Lords – Irish folk band that toured throughout the West and Southwest including tours in England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Recorded three albums, was co-writer producer/arranger musician on “Women of Ireland” performed with artists including Jerry Donahue, Flogging Molly, Gaelic Storm, Mary Black, Paul Brady, Johnny Cunningham, Dillon O’Brian, Eric Rigler and The Mulligans
Delaney Bramlett – Singer/Songwriter performed live and played guitarron on original songs
The Prairie Dogs – country band with Paul Marshall (I See Hawks In L.A.) Paul co/wrote song “Drinking For Two” on the Tremoloco release “Dulcinea” (2008), (Broken Wheel and Misíon San Fernando) on the current Tremoloco release “Salsipuedes”.
Vicki Hill – singer/songwriter
Member of live band, played guitarron and sang duet/harmonies on her release which also includes Van Dyke Parks, Tony Gilkyson, Mike Stinson, Kip Boardman, Greg Leisz, Steve Mugalian, and Greg Boaz from Dave Alvin’s band)
The King Cotton Band – Texas soul singer who released various recordings and singles with Dusty Wakeman (producer of A Town South of Bakersfield) and Danny Holloway (Island Records).
Walter Egan – Played bass with this artist who had several hits in the late 1970’s-80’s including “Magnet and Steel”, he also contributed songs to the Gram Parsons recording “Grievous Angel”.
The Close – a folk rock band that toured extensively throughout the West Coast and released two albums as co-writer and producer. They secured a residency at the club Largo in L.A. played live with: Jon Brion – renowned film composer, producer, member of The Greys and Til Tuesday, The Wild Colonials, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles and many more…
In 2006 started side project playing a mixture of folk, country and Mexican music with old friends from L.A., a group of like-minded sidemen musicians from Los Angeles. Playing traditional songs and covering people like Valerio Longoria, Texas Tornados, Lydia Mendoza, Trio Los Panchos, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Merle, Gram Parsons, Burrito Bros and others. A labor of love to say the least.
Started performing at various city festivals. concert and club dates including regulars spots at the Cinco De Mayo festival at Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Recorded one EP (now out of print) of songs done live in the studio which was used to procure more work. Reaction to this music was so strong and positive decided to start writing material for a new release.
In 2008 Tremoloco releases debut album of all original material.
Roberto Rodriguez III
Rob started playing accordion at a young age under the tutelage of the great Tejano acordeonista Leonel Pulido. This led to various Houston bands playing with local favs Umbrellaman and Johnny Falstaff among others, ultimately fronting his own Tex_Mex Punk band Mas Pulpo. His journeyman work began as a four year stint with local legends Los Skarnales and included tours with Los Lobos, Sisters Morales and finally partnering with L.A. Roots music band Tremoloco for several albums and tours.
Tetsuya “Tex” Nakamura
Born and raised in Japan, Tetsuya (“Tex”) Nakamura has been playing harmonica since his youth. He has been playing Lee Oskar Harmonicas exclusively since 1990 and became a Lee Oskar Harmonicas Featured Artist in 2020.
Tex has played harmonica on dozens of records, and played with the band WAR (harmonica and vocals)— first with some recording projects starting in 1993, and then, after Lee Oskar left in 1996 to form the LowRider Band*, he became a member of WAR from 1996-2006 traveling the world. Tex now plays with many of LA’s hot Blues and Latin bands. His harmonica playing has been described as “blues harp meets the Latin groove” with an outstanding tone.
Tex’s musical yearnings began with his interest in learning rock guitar, and by the age of 15, he mastered playing electric bass. Up until 1982, Tex played electric bass with his own Rock & Roll band throughout Tokyo. He then became interested in Fifties American music. Around that time, he switched to upright bass because of its Fifties sound, and began gigging with a root’s music rock band. In 1983, he started listening to an American blues show on the Far East Network of the U. S. Armed Forces Radio on his shortwave radio. This was when he was first introduced to the sounds of the harmonica, and his life changed forever.
In 1984, he took a harmonica class from the number one blues harmonica player in Japan, Ryuichiro Senoh, who primarily taught the Chicago Blues sound in the style of Little Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Sonny Boy Williamson II. That same year, Tex won a prize at the FIH Harmonica Contest in Japan, competing in the Blues Category. In 1986, Tex played his first US performance at the Apollo Theater Amateur Night Championships with the Japanese Rhythm and Blues Band, the Driving Wheels. He continued to perform in Japan as a studio musician playing harmonica for recording artists, movie soundtracks, and live gigs. Following the American Dream and looking for a band to join, Tex made the big move to Los Angeles in 1992. For several months he played with various local Los Angeles bands at nightclub gigs, concert halls, state fairs, weddings, and other smaller venues.
Eventually, he started sitting in on performances with major artists such as Lou Rawls, H. B. Barnum, and others. Tetsuya has had the opportunity to jam with featured acts such as Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, and Natalie Cole, as well as recording with Snoop Doggie Dog. In 1999, Tetsuya combined forces with blues guitarist/vocalist James Waldman. Together, they released an acoustic blues CD in 2002 entitled, “Down by the Riverside”. In 2002, he released a single-CD with two Latin Original Songs, entitled, “Walkin’ Through the Alley” and “Sunny Days in East LA.”
In recent years, Tex continues with his love of harmonica by playing with a variety of hot Blues and Latin bands in Southern California.
Lee left the band WAR in 1996 and formed the LowRider Band with his original founding member colleagues Harold Brown, Howard Scott and BB Dickerson.
Los Angeles, California
Toured and recorded with Leonard Cohen (receiving a Juno award), Eric Burdon and The Animals, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Pat Boone, Love and Rockets, Grant Lee Buffalo, Dolly Parton, Freddy Fender, Gene Pitney, Hank Tompson, James Burton, Jim Dickinson, Wanda Jackson. Has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Jay Leno Tonight Show, Royal Albert Hall and played on Grammy winning movie The Wonder Boys etc.
Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez
Los Angeles, California
Started playing drums in middle school. First band was called the “Adventures” all “Ventures” music. Through High School played everything, Dance Band, and Jazz were favorites. Friday morning Pep Bands, chamber orchestra, school plays.
Started early road career at seven-teen with the USO. By nineteen could read music, played in big bands, (LACC Studio Jazz band, Si Zetner Big Band) and pit orchestras.
Played with the “Helen Reddy Band”, Frankie Avalon, Petula Clark, Keith Carradine. While playing with as guest host Helen did the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Played with the Doc Severinson Band while Ed Shaunessey looked on saying, “Yea kid, alright kid” it was a real highlight!
With Steve Bartek hired to play on bizarre film called the “The Forbidden Zone”, Danny Elfman’s first film.
Asked to join “The Mystic Nights of the Oingo Boingo”. The early band was a full multi media extravaganza, complete with costume changes, Gamelan music, West African balaphone music and bizarre film interludes. After two years of that we dropped all the props and became “Oingo Boingo”.
While in Boingo I had a side project called “Food For Feet” around ’83 or ’84. A power house rock trio with Mike Tovar and John Avila. Like three tornados in the room at once!
Started working with Tito Larriva of “The Plugz”, asked to work on the “Culture Clash TV Show”. 1995 joined “Tito and Tarantula”. The band was featured in Quenton Tarentino’s “From Dusk till Dawn” Re
Worked with composers, Jason Johnson (TV Commercials) Steve Bartek (Movies / Relative) Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galatica), “The Closet Surfers” (Surf) The Esquires (30’s & 40’s swing)
Tremoloco (Tex-Mex), CID (blues, funk, & rock), Doug and the Mystics.
Crrently working for the “Drum Channel”, Battlestar Galatica” concert group. The BSG plans to travel through 2010.