The record is a tribute to the long-gone Los Angeles latino enclave known as Chavez Ravine. Using real and imagined historical characters, Cooder and friends have created an album that recollects various aspects of the poor but vibrant hillside chicano community, which was bulldozed by developers in the 1950s in the interest of 'progress'. The musical strains of Los Angeles, including conjunto, corrido, r&b, latin pop, and jazz, conjure the ghosts of Chavez Ravine and Los Angeles at mid-century. On this fifteen-track album, sung in Spanish and English, Cooder is joined by East LA legends like chicano music patriarch Lalo Guerrero, pachuco boogie king Don Tosti, Thee Midniters front man Little Willie G, and Ersi Arvizu, of the sisters and El Chicano. Three years in the making, Chavez Ravine marks his musical homecoming.