PURE POP FOR LOWE PEOPLE: Mexican wrestling mask-clad foursome Los Straitjackets apply muscular instrumental power to backing singer-songwriter Nick Lowe,  far right, during his Quality Rock & Roll Revue.

Nick Lowe teams up with Los Straitjack­ets for a tour with an Asheville date

Lowe released his first solo album, Jesus of Cool, in 1978 (in deference to delicate American sensibilities, his U.S. label re-titled the LP Pure Pop for Now People). Nashville-based Los Straitjackets debuted with the 1995 record The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets. Though their music was somewhat dissimilar, both acts have long shared an irreverent and warmly humorous approach.