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Josh Rouse's New Album 'El Turista' (Yep Roc/March 9) is inspired by Legendary Cuban Cabaret Star Bola de Nieve. Listen to the album in it's entirety from the widget above.

Rouse sings a Cuban lullaby called "Duerme," an invitation to dream. The song, a bossa nova, is emblematic of the sun-kissed, romantic nature of the album, which blends Spanish, Cuban and Brazilian songs with Rouse originals sung in English and Spanish.

Rouse, a Nebraska native, lives in Valencia, Spain with his wife, Paz Suay and their child. Describing the album's genesis, Rouse says, "I was just searching, looking for a new direction. A couple of years ago, my wife put this Bola de Nieve record on and I said, 'Wow, what is that?' Hearing that record was a breakthrough for me.'"

Both "Duerme" and another track, "Mesie Julian," are versions of songs made famous by the legendary Cuban singer/pianist Bola de Nieve, who, says Rouse, inspired the entire project.

I also received a download of the first single (Spinner's Free MP3 of the Day). Have a listen...

"I Will Live On Islands"

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