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Luis Sabor

Luis Sabor started his music career in Victoria, Texas before moving to the capital city of Austin, where he lived for 15 years. At that time Luis was a bassist, playing in such bands as Normal Noise, Sea of Green, and Los Locos, which were pop rock, metal, and latin pop, respectively. He also studied audio communications at the University of Texas, receiving a bachelors degree, and worked as a sound engineer at Austin’s Riverside Sound Studios, a division of Austin Records. Later Luis opened his own recording studio—Breakfast Surreal Studio, where he was chief engineer.

In 1997 Luis moved to Tucson, Arizona where he worked as sound engineer for the salsa band Ache’ Pa’ Ti. It was with Ache’ Pa’ Ti that he had the opportunity to attend the Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba and enjoyed a month-long stay becoming immersed in the Cuban culture. Luis took dance lessons as well as lessons in the quintessential percussion instrument for salsa music—the Guiro. Since then Luis has played Guiro with bands in Tucson, Austin and throughout Central America.

In 2009 Luis began to implement his plan to develop a solo singer/guitarist act. He has played his acoustic guitar in such Tucson venues as Delectables on 4th, Monterey Court, Sky Bar, Sullivans, Rock n Java, Bella Vita Pizzeria, and Rigos Restaurant.
In 2012 Luis toured Central America informally, playing in restaurants and hostels, as well as in the plaza or wherever an audience gathered. This broadened his experience and added numerous Latin songs to the repertoire. In 2015 Luis returned to Texas, playing in Austin, Victoria, Rockport and other central locations.

The Music

Luis Sabor has developed a unique style of acoustic guitar playing that revolves around picking arpeggios rather than straight strumming of chords. This guitar style is reminiscent of the guitar styles sometimes used in the music of Chris Isaac, Gordon Lightfoot, and Harry Nilsson. The best example of this would be “Blackbird” by the Beatles. The premier instrumental in Luis’ repertoire is “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. He has adapted his style to such unlikely songs as Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and Willie Colon’s “Gitana.”
Luis has a varied vocal style that has developed with the eclectic mix of his repertoire. He may have a pronounced “twang” while singing George Jones’ “The Race is On” and the old time country “Man of Constant Sorrow,” then switch to imitate Bienvenido Granda for Sonora Matancera’s “Cuando Sali de Cuba,” or John Lennon for “Across the Universe.” His original tunes reflect his roots in country and rock.

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