The Town and the City (album)

The Town and the City is the twelfth studio album released by rock band Los Lobos in 2006, to generally positive critical reception. The title of the album is taken from the debut novel by Jack Kerouac. The album explores themes of longing, disillusionment, and loneliness in the Mexican-American immigration experience.

The Town and the City
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2006
GenreChicano rock, roots rock, Latin rock, Tex-Mex, heartland rock
LabelHollywood Records
ProducerLos Lobos
Los Lobos chronology
Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos
The Town and the City
Los Lobos Goes Disney
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Rolling Stone[3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, except where noted.

1."The Valley" 4:33
2."Hold On" 4:30
3."The Road to Gila Bend" 4:41
4."Chuco's Cumbia"Cesar Rosas3:32
5."If You Were Only Here Tonight" 2:55
6."Luna"Hidalgo, Pérez, Luis R. Tórres3:26
7."Two Dogs and a Bone" 2:27
8."Little Things" 4:49
9."The City" 4:20
10."Don't Ask Why" 5:25
11."No Puedo Más"Rosas4:59
12."Free Up"Hidalgo, Pérez, Eddie Gorodetsky3:47
13."The Town" 4:49


Instrumentation is unspecified on the album, but this is the usual:

Additional musicians
  • Cougar Estrada – drums, percussion
  • Los Lobos – producer
  • Robert Carranza – engineer, mixing (3, 4, 11, 12)
  • Mark Johnson – engineer
  • Richard Barron – engineer
  • David Hidalgo – engineer
  • Jed Burtoft – assistant engineer
  • Tchad Blake – mixing (except 3, 4, 11, 12)
  • Stephen Marsh – mastering
  • Stephanie Villa – mastering assistant
  • Louie Perez – art direction
  • Al Quattrocchi – art direction
  • Jeff Smith – art direction
  • David Snow – creative direction
  • Tornado Design – design
  • Jaime Hernandez – illustration
  • James Minchin III – photography


  1. "The Town And The City by Los Lobos". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. Deming, Mark. The Town and the City at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  3. "The Town and The City". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. "Los Lobos: The Town and the City". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. "SoundStage! Los Lobos - The Town and the City". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
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