Category Archives: Tejano Interviews & Articles

Conjunto legend Cha Cha Jimenez dies at 64 | legend, cha, conjunto – TheMonitor.com

RIP Cha Cha.

Conjunto legend Abelardo “Cha Cha” Jimenez Sr. died early Wednesday morning after battling liver cancer. He was 64.

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Servando Ramos and ‘acordeón con corazón’ | Houston Music | 29-95.com

Here is a very nice article on Servando Ramos and the Texas Outlaws. (I’m just now finding this article , written on June 3, so keep in mind that the event that is mentioned in the article has already passed).

Servando Ramos, despite the accordion and cowboy hat, doesn’t classify his vibrant sound as Tejano or norteño. When he’s onstage, it’s all about feeling.

“I would say acordeón con corazon. It’s just from my heart,” he says. “I have different flavors inside of me — Tejano, Tex-Mex, conjunto. We all like rock music, too. My dreams is to not separate the Tejanos from the Mexicanos. I would like to bring them together at a dance. Everybody have fun together. That’s what I try to do, without saying it, through my music.”

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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.

Grammy gold: Little Joe y la Familia win 4th award; Lady Antebellum night’s big winner – TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram

Check out this article in Little Joe’s hometown paper on his Grammy win.

by Nekesa Mumbi Moody
Published: February 14, 2011

 Temple-based band Little Joe y la Familia took home another gold statuette on Sunday night.

The Recording Academy chose the band’s grassroots album “Recuerdos” (Memories) for best Tejano album. It was la Familia’s fourth Gram­my and ninth nomination.

Read more via Grammy gold: Little Joe y la Familia win 4th award; Lady Antebellum night’s big winner – TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram.

The Music Beat: West Side sound revisited – San Antonio Express-News

By HECTOR SALDAÑA – STAFF WRITERPublished: 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What is the West Side sound?

With the death of Royal Jesters co-founder Oscar Lawson earlier this month – and the recent deaths of Esteban “Steve” Jordan, Los Aguilares’ Emilio Aguilar, the Royal Jesters’ Dimas Garza as well as Randy Garibay, Rocky Morales and Doug Sahm – the particulars get fuzzier with each passing year.

Read more via The Music Beat: West Side sound revisited – San Antonio Express-News.

Songs from the heart from a son to his father – San Antonio Express-News

This is a nice article, written prior to the Grammys,  about Sunny Sauceda and his grammy-nominated CD which was dedicated to his father. 
By Hector Saldaña
Published: 12:00 a.m., Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mario Sauceda admits he can’t really remember much about the precious photograph that graces the cover of his son’s Grammy-nominated tribute album, “Homenaje a Mi Padre.”
In the Polaroid, Sauceda is sitting on a bed playing his Fender Precision bass at home while his baby son (Sunny is in Pampers) hugs tight the neck of the instrument.

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Juan Tejeda – 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011 (via Conjunto music y más)

Camaradas: you’re seeing the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s landmark 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011 Tentative Schedule first right here on conjuntoislife. This year we’re having an historic 30th Annual Gala Celebration Fundraiser on Thursday night where we will be paying  tribute to all of those pioneering conjunto musicians who have been inducted into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame, including those we will be inducti … Read More

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