Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
Glorietta was founded on friendship, tequila… and Craigslist. After Grammy-nominated artist Adrian Quesada (Brown Out, Black Pumas) scored a 1975 Fender Super Reverb amp that Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit, Middle Brother) posted online for $700, the two decided to meet up, as Vasquez tells it, for a “grown-ass man hang” at Antone’s to catch a set by Texas raconteur David Ramirez. After the show, the three of them had such a good time that Vasquez promised himself not to let the best drunken idea of the night — recording a stream-of-conscious record with buddies — to disappear with his tequila buzz. To round out the crew, Vasquez recruited Seattle solo-artist Noah Gundersen, Austin artists Kelsey Wilson (Wild Child), songwriter Jason Robert Blum and Vasquez’s long-time pal Nathaniel Rateliff, who agreed to pop in along with backing musicians Patrick Meese and Luke Mossman.
The collection of strangers and acquaintances didn’t know what to expect, and frankly a few of them almost didn’t show up. Ramirez nearly balked under the weight of “possibly the worst hangover of my life.” Gundersen was in the middle of a break-up induced “meltdown.” Wilson, worried she might not fit in with the guitar-playing boys, needed a nudge, too. But once the kindred strangers unpacked the gear and poured the tequila, hangovers, heartaches and insecurities faded. Vasquez — their connection to each other — served as maestro of the vibe. And in their make shift studio in a remote mountain town in New Mexico, their Tequila soaked jam sessions birthed Glorietta’s self titled album full of rocking, heartbreaking and introspective songs.
Glorietta are touring to promote their album and you can catch them tonight at Waterloo Records store at 6:30. They’ll also be playing December 14th at Scoot Inn with The Texas Gentlemen so be sure to go out and experience their drunken magic! (Tequila not included)
Host: Laurie Gallardo
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove