Monthly Archives: September 2008

New CD by legendary Accordion Master Paulino Bernal drops today 9-29-2008

CD title : Paulino Bernal “El Maestro Del Acordeon Y Sus Polkas” Recorded at Mafia Studios : December 2007 and February 2008

Produced by : Armando Lichtenberger Jr. Engineered by : Maria Gaucin Label : Urbana Records Release date : September 30, 2008 Paulino Bernal historical new CD to be released September 30th on Urbana Records.

The new CD which was recorded in December in Houston at Mafia Studios and produced by La Mafia producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr. contains 2 new polkas written by Paulino and 10 of his favorite melodies from throughout his career including his classic Idalia. The musicians on the recordings are his band Ernest Bernal Gonzalez (Bajo Quinto) , Armando Hinojosa (Bass), Pedro Gonzalez Jr (Drums) and special guest James Arreola of Los Palominos (Bajo Sexto).

Visit http://www.myspace.com/paulinobernal  for more information and listen to some samples of the new CD .  You will also find some vintage photos on the page along with photos from the recording sessions.   Don’t forget to request an add while you are in there 😉

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Emilio and Wife in stable condition after automible accident in San Antonio

Emilio back in San Antonio after being evacuated from the hospital in Galveston ( where he was undergoing rehabilitation) because of Hurricane Ike  and his wife Maria were involved in an automible accident yesterday afternoon.   Maria was driving Emilio  home from a physical therapy session, when a truck made a turn from a middle lane crossing 3 lanes of traffic in front of them and she was unable to stop and hit the truck head on.  

For more information click here to read Ramiro Burr’s blog

You can also view a video from KENS TV by click ing HERE.

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Tickets for the 2008 Latin Grammys at the Toyota Center in Houston are now available…

You can order them online at the Toyota Center Website.
Click on the image to go to the Toyota Center website
Click on the image to go to the Toyota Center website

 


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Tejano airplay on the rise in the Rio Grande Valley…. new FM Tejano station… and Que Pasa 99.5 “going Puro Tejano”?

I had read a few weeks ago that there was a new Tejano FM station in the RGV called Tejano Powerhouse.  I was going to put the info on here, but unfortunately the post that I read it on scrolled off the board (Tejano Journal).  Since then I’ve seen a couple of people post that they listened to it and that it sounded good, but no information about what type of Tejano format it has, nor the call letters or where it is on the dial, so if you live in the Valley , you’ll just have to search the dial to see if you can find it.  If I find out any more information, I’ll post it here.

                                                               In the meantime, I’m reading reports on the Tejano Journal that Que Pasa 99.5 in McAllen (which had been playing a mix of Tejano and Regional Mexican), has “gone Tejano”.   There is a slogan on their website that reads Your Numero Uno For Tejano,  and I’ve checked their playlist on yes.com  and it does indeed look like they are now playing about 90% Tejano , (that is for those of us who include International Tejano,  and Tejano Norteno Hybrid music along with the “Puro Tejano”, in our defintition of Tejano) but still  throwing a tad of Regional Mexican.   This “inclusive” playlist, playing a VARIETY of Tejano music, the kind of variety like we used to hear on Tejano Radio back in the 90s,  (and I don’t even mind a smattering of Regional Mexican)  , in my opinion is the way all Tejano stations need to go, because in the past few years the stations which have been lost are the ones who tried to narrow the definition of Tejano Music , causing fans to tune out, especially those of us who came on board during the “Glory Days of the 90s”.   The larger the audience, the more people will be exposed to La Onda, to all of it.

Click here to go to Que Pasa’s Website where you can also listen ONLINE.
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“Bobby Pulido: Still Tejano and Proud!” (article and interview on TejanoBeat.com)

Click on the image to the right to go to TejanoBeat.com for a video interview  with Bobby after his performance at the 2008 Fieastas Patrias performance in San Antonio at the Alamodome on 9-7-2008.
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2008 Latin Grammy nominations announced… Tejanos nominated in 5 categories…

NOMINATIONS IN THE TEJANO CATEGORY:

  • “Music Lessons,” Chente Barrera Y Taconazo
  • “Incomparable,” Jimmy González Y Grupo Mazz
  • “The Legend returns, ” Freddie Martínez
  • De Nuevo,” Emilio Navaira
  • “Domingo,” Elida Reyna

"The Legend returns, " Freddie Martinez"De Nuevo," Emilio Navaira "DOMINGO," Elida Reyna

Noteño Category:

  • “Me Enamore De Un Angel, ” Los Palominos
  • Six Pack,” Siggno

Pop Category:

  • “Planeta Kumbia,” AB Quintanilla Presenta Kumbia All Starz

Cumbia/Vallenato category:

  • “Chicas de Canela” Chicas de Canela

Best Regional Mexican Song:

  • BÚSCAME EN EL CIELO
    Freddie Martínez, Jr., songwriter (Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz)
    Track from: Incomparable
  • DECIRTE TE QUIERO
    Charlie Corona & Jesse Turner, songwriters (Siggno)
    Track from: Six Pack

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ALL 2008  LATIN GRAMMY NOMINEES

La Mafia's Mando Lichtenberger, and Oscar de la Rosa,  LARAS president and City of Houston dignitaries at the press conference announcing that the Latin Grammys would be in Houston

La Mafia's Mando Lichtenberger and Oscar de la Rosa, with LARAS president and City of Houston dignitaries at the press conference announcing that the 2008 Latin Grammys will be in Houston

The 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards  will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX  on November 13.   I hope that Tejano artists, whether nominated or not, will attend the awards show and the other functions that will be going on during that week to take advantage of the networking opportunities and exposure to the international press.

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Photos and review of La Mafia’s 9-7-2008 performance at the Fiestas Patrias event in Texas Stadium

CLICK HERE to go to my photos of La Mafia’s performance at Texas Stadium last Sunday.  You can also read my review by going to my La Mafia Blog, and of course you can always get to both my La Mafia Photos and Blog from my La Mafia website.

La Mafia at Texas Stadium, Fiestas Patrias 2008

La Mafia at Texas Stadium, Fiestas Patrias 2008