Calexico's influences include Latin, the Southwest, jazz and rock - and now, New Orleans, where the group recorded most of its newest release, "Algiers." The album is its seventh and its first on Anti Records. The name refers to the New Orleans neighborhood where they worked.
Burns explains the choice of New Orleans on the band's website:
"When I say New Orleans, you think. . . . 'What?' Preservation Hall Band, Wynton Marsalis, Treme, Satchmo, Dr. John, The Funky Butt, The Meters, Fats Domino, Boswell Sisters, Quintron, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Harry Connick Jr., Brad Pitt, Daniel Lanois. And so do I," he said.
"But when you are there, on Algiers Point or on the river or standing outside the chain link fence at Congo Square, you go back across the water to Haiti, Cuba, Africa. Some strange circles down there resurface. . .
"I was looking for a renewal of energy and to wake up in a different environment," Burns adds. "I didn't have too many expectations but was hoping we could tap into a creative vibe and find that balance of our striving for newness and remaining true to our aesthetics.
"Working out of town not only opens up the musical palate but gives you a perspective of the emotional landscape back home."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
What: Mountain Stage
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $15 in advance, $25 at the door
Info: www.mountainstage.org or 800-594-8499
FYI: The lineup includes Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham), Bahamas and Piney Gir. The show was nearly sold out at press time.