CALEXICO: CROSSING CULTURES
Deep in the Mars-like landscapes of Southern California, right on the border of neighboring sister city Mexicali, our hero resides in his simple country cottage in the small town of Calexico. His place is adorned in trinkets and tchotchkes from his travels over the border; brightly painted tiles deck the walls; old records lie scattered haphazardly on the floor, one always circling round and round on the dusty turntable. He holds a good old fashioned in one hand and a harmonica in the other, surrounded by smells of chipotle BBQ and grilled corn on the cob, absorbed in thoughts about beautiful senoritas in red and yellow.
Calexico is a border city in California: a portmanteau of the words California and Mexico and a perfect intermingling of music genres, food and dance. Calexico’s location provides easy overnight trucking access to the ports of Long Beach, California, and Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
It’s sub-tropical hot desert climate and landscape is in itself a colourful mix of giant redwood trees, snow-capped mountain peaks, fertile valleys and beaches that go on for miles. It forms one of the most diverse series of landforms in the United States.
The band of the same name is an Americana, Indie, country, folk and Latin rock band from Arizona. The music style, like the city it gets its name from, is a blend of southern Californian and Mexican inspired sounds and has gained a reputation for consistently releasing high quality records.