Felix Y Los Gatos
Friday the 13th Sur Valle CD release
By Jenny Gamble
Felix Peralta is old school; and not in a clichéd, doing-
Sur Valle richly recounts the stories of Peralta’s life growing up in the South Valley with his grandfather. “I started playing guitar when I was 8 with my grandpa, who played Spanish music on the accordion. That’s where my music comes from and where I got most of my inspiration.” To flush out the album, Peralta called on two more accomplished local musicians—Diego Arencon (drums) and Jon Gagan (bass). “I just thought, I'm getting older and I want to put out an album with the best musicians I can before they aren’t here anymore," Peralta says, citing the late Brother Dave from the Tempted Souls and his own grandpa Adan, who died in 2003.
Peralta says he's most influenced by New Mexico's culture, everything from the food to the women. He also delights in gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt. “My music goes back to Django all the time," he says. "I like the way gypsies did their thing and then left on a whim, partied down and played another gig after that."
After a stint in San Diego rooms like the infamous Tower Bar (home of the 1/2 PBR, 1/2 Guinness "Pabst-
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