Hailing from the dusty deserts of Tucson, AZ, singer, songwriter & family man Carlos Arzate tucks elements of folk, rock, soul & R&B into the pockets of his eclectic musical vest. Flanked by some of Arizona's finest musicians, a collective known as The Kind Souls, and producer Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Ryanhood), Arzate released a debut EP called Fly Away on Funzalo Records in 2013. Fly Away garnered local critical acclaim and steady airplay on independent radio stations around Arizona. His full-length follow up, entitled Got Me Wrong, was released to Bandcamp September of 2015.
GOT ME WRONG
Got Me Wrong is the debut full-length album from Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls, and has been hailed as "Absolutely gorgeous... Straightforward and deep, without being heavy handed," by Zocalo Magazine. The album features song styles ranging from "blues stomps to ballads, from quiet folk to heart-swelling gospel, from a quick and quiet waltz to an eight-minute epic that builds and crashes like a monsoon storm." (Tucson Weekly). The eleven tracks were produced by Calexico bassist Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Ryanhood) and continue to define the Sonoran Soul sound pioneered by Arzate on his debut EP, Fly Away.
THE BALLAD OF LOUIS TAYLOR (SINGLE)
In partnership with The Arizona Justice Project, we are proud to offer "The Ballad of Louis Taylor" as the first single from the album Got Me Wrong. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this single will go to The Arizona Justice Project to help others like Louis Taylor receive the compassionate justice they deserve.
FLY AWAY (EP)
Fly Away is the first official wide-release from Carlos Arzate & the Kind Souls. Featuring a marked shift from the hard-hitting soap-box rock of Arzate's previous work with American Android, Fly Away pioneers a new, Sonoran Soul sound which draws from folk, latin, rock, and soul. The five tracks were produced by Calexico bassist Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Ryanhood) and have been described by Zocalo Magazine as having "the heart-warming and political poignancy of Ziggy Marly and Michael Franti, with a southwestern bent."
Video for the song "No More" from Got Me Wrong. A gentle protest song about a quiet refusal to participate in the same old system in all the same old ways, this video was filmed a mile's hike into the David Yetman trail, near Tucson, AZ at the historic "Stone House," by Sandra Westdahl and Abril Castro.
MY DARLING DEAR
An intimate solo acoustic performance of "My Darling Dear," from Got Me Wrong. Recorded live in the stairwell of Arizona Public Media studios in Tucson, AZ. Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jim Blackwood with assistance from Jamison Waddell. Video production and editing by Sandra Westdahl.
GOT ME WRONG
Title track from Got Me Wrong, recorded live for Arizona Daily Star's Tucson Sound Sessions at Luna Recording Studio. Produced by Nick Murray and engineered by George Nardo.
THE BALLAD OF LOUIS TAYLOR
Arizona Justice Project's video for "Life: The Louis Taylor Story," featuring the Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls track "The Ballad of Louis Taylor" from the forthcoming full length album Got Me Wrong. Taylor was recently released after serving 42 years in prison as the result of being wrongly convicted at the age of 16 of starting the Pioneer Hotel fire in Tucson, AZ in 1970 which killed 28 people.
ON & ON & ON
Video for the Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls song "On & On & On," from the forthcoming album Got Me Wrong. Lyrically, the song is a first-person narrative of a day laborer choosing to brave the dangerous trek across the unforgiving Sonoran Desert from Mexico to the states in search of a better life. Recorded live @ Arroyo Park Studios in Tucson AZ by: Evan Grae Davis on January 10th 2015.
Live video performance of the Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls song “Dear Liberty," from the EP Fly Away. Recorded live on the KXCI Community Radio program "Home Stretch" on February 13th 2014.
Cover Photo ©2013 Jimi Giannatti
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