Category Archives: Tejano History

Tejano Roots in Alice struggles to keep museum, music alive » Corpus Christi Caller-Times

ALICE —

Whether the term is Chicano, Mexican-American, conjunto or ranchero, the musical roots are all the same.

Tejano music in South Texas is a cultural experience, and while some believe it is dying, others are working to preserve it.

The Tejano Roots Hall of Fame Museum in Alice is doing just that.

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Texas Gets The Accordion Bug And Never Looks Back : NPR


It’s a well-known story — the one where European conquerors ravaged the New World with disease in the 15th century. That story repeated itself, in a very different way, in the early part of the 20th century in Texas.

Only it wasn’t illness that German and Czech settlers were spreading to unsuspecting Hispanics, Creoles and Cajuns. This time, it was a musical instrument from which they would not recover

Read the rest of the article, which includes photos and audio clips, via Texas Gets The Accordion Bug And Never Looks Back : NPR.

Urban Tejano: Grammys beckoning, Tortilla Factory reopens for the next generation of business Austin Music – AustinChronicle.com

Tony “Ham” Guerrero’s story begins in San Angelo, the real cotton fields of Western songs. Its chapters are soundtracked by time-worn vinyl records – treasured artifacts of another age. Illustrated by a half-century stash of photos, posters, clippings, and mementos, Guerrero’s tale embodies Chicano pride told through family and band.

Read more via Urban Tejano: Grammys beckoning, Tortilla Factory reopens for the next generation of business Austin Music – AustinChronicle.com.

At 83, Tejano music pioneer still playing (via Austin360.com)

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The son of a violinist, Manuel Donley struggled in school, dropped out when he was 13 and then washed dishes at El Toro restaurant, saving some of his earnings to pay for a beat-up guitar. He taught himself to play and started performing for tips as soon as he knew two chords. ‘The guitar, that was my passion,’ he says. He was honored as a Mexican American Trailblazer by the Austin History Center this year

Read the rest of the article (which also includes a video) via At 83, Tejano music pioneer still playing.

“La Reina” jams at fundraiser held for her | via My SA News

 Eva Ybarra was once known as the “Shirley Temple of the Accordion” — a child prodigy who taught herself to play when she was 4.

She has been referred to around conjunto circles as “La Reina” — The Queen — and can still hold her own on the button squeezebox in the male-dominated field.

Read more via “La Reina” jams at fundraiser held for her.

Daughter of conjunto music producer recalls growing up in trailblazing studio. | recalls, garc, studio – Life – TheMonitor.com

Juanita García can still recall the smell of the freshly grilled burgers her parents used to buy her at the late Sunday afternoon tardeadas in Weslaco and Hidalgo. Tardeadas were afternoon gatherings often held at town parks where families danced and listened to local conjunto acts in the 1950s and ‘60s. Juanita said her father, Cristobal García, spent most of his time on the dance floor with his wife Guadalupe.

Read more via Daughter of conjunto music producer recalls growing up in trailblazing studio. | recalls, garc, studio – Life – TheMonitor.com.

3 newsclips of La Mafia @ Reliant stadium at rehearsal with the Northbrook High School Marching Band for the halftime performance at the Texans/Cowboys game

The first video is from FOX 26, and the other two are two different clips from ABC 13.
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