An Inspiring Sonoran Soul

Tucson native Carlos Arzate has been a standout member of the Arizona music community since the 90’s, first known for leading bands like Innisfail and American Android with his huge voice. While those bands were known for their loud, confrontational sound and message, he nurtured a deep love of soul, folk, Norteno, and what is broadly called Americana, influences that finally found a home in his solo project, Carlos Arzate and The Kind Souls. The voice is still huge, but these songs also make space for a quiet, yearning, and at times sweet side, passionate stories about social inequity, border realities, family, struggle, and triumph.







Eclectic Sounds from Carlos Arzate & The kind souls

“The heart-warming and political poignancy of Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti, with a southwestern bent.”

-Zocalo Magazine

“Arzate is one hell of a songwriter.”

-Tucson Weekly



Got Me Wrong is the debut full-length album from Carlos Arzate & The Kind Souls, and has been hailed as “Absolutely gorgeous… Straightforward and deep, without being heavy handed,” by Zocalo Magazine. The album features song styles ranging from “blues stomps to ballads, from quiet folk to heart-swelling gospel, from a quick and quiet waltz to an eight-minute epic that builds and crashes like a monsoon storm.” (Tucson Weekly). The eleven tracks were produced by Calexico bassist Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Ryanhood) and continue to define the Sonoran Soul sound pioneered by Arzate on his debut EP, Fly Away.

The Ballad of Louis Taylor


In partnership with The Arizona Justice Project, we are proud to offer “The Ballad of Louis Taylor” as the first single from the album Got Me Wrong. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this single will go to The Arizona Justice Project to help others like Louis Taylor receive the compassionate justice they deserve.



The newest album by Carlos Arzate and The Kind Souls, you’ll discover hits such as Broken Glass, Aye Princesa and Ramble On. This album showcases Arzate’s creativity and his search for powerful, passionate music.  Described as “full of life,” these poetic songs tell stories of love, injustice and redemption. Listen now.