Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I have known Ned Neltner for 40 years.  I worked for Ned in two bands in the late 60's:  The Gas Company, and The Northwest Rock and Roll Band.  We spent our time at some of the legendary rock palaces of the day such as the Burlington Roller Frolics, the Evergreen Ballroom, Parkers, the Oak Harbor Roller Barn, and a memorable New Year`s Eve at a hotel in Trail, B.C. entertaining the local lumberjacks.   Then, in 1970, Ned formed Jr. Cadillac and this band has been rockin' the Pacific Northwest ever since.  They play a variety of venues such as community celebrations, casinos, corporate events, private parties, and the like.

Nice looking group of lads, aren't they?
Here is the Jr. Cadillac website should you wish to book them or check out their performance schedule for next summer when it is released:
In the winter months, Ned heads south...way south...to his home in Barra de Navidad (Christmas Bay), on the Pacific coast of Mexico where he has lived part-time for many, many years.  And it is here that he morphs into his alter-ego Lalo.
This is the cover the latest of 7 CD's Lalo has released.  Produced by his son Richard and recorded in Mexico, the music almost defies categorization.  It's a little bit of reggae, a little good-time rock and roll, a little blues, and the songs are a combination of Lalo's original compositions along with re workings of songs by the likes of Willie Nelson and Ron Holden.  Now, I've listened to a lot of music in my day and I can vouch that Lalo's CD's merit many repeat playings.  Let's call it Mexican Beach Music for now.
Not only that, but Lalo holds forth at live, solo performances at clubs such as Piper's  Blues Bar and Grill' in Barra de Navidad entertaining the locals as well as tourists who arrive on cruise ships from around the world.
I would urge you to visit this site for some samples of Lalo and to order CD's.  You'll be pleased, trust me:
More later,


Carmelo said...

One night last spring, at the very end of the tourist season, Sally and I arrived at Pipers about 9 PM. As we walked up the stairs Lalo started playing his first song. Much to our surprise, no one was there -- not even the bartender who was off someplace buying ice. We sat down and Lalo played songs that we requested -- for 30 minutes until the bartender came back and other patrons began arriving. It was the most fun I've had in Barra since the early Seventies -- when I was young & foolish. -- Carmelo

Larry said...

That sounds like him. He truly enjoys playing and singing no matter how large or small the audience. Thanks for the story!

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