I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m all about promoting Tejano, Chicano, Tex-Mex music, but it’s also important to preserve the history of this musical genre. Thanks to DJ Robert Rivas, a little piece of Chicano music history has been preserved with an interview of the legendary (and friend of DC) Johnny Hernandez.
From Johnny’s background as a farmworker kid to his musical beginnings with Little Joe and the Latinaires to his solo career–and all the turmoil and struggle in between, which included political involvement with Cesar Chavez–Rivas navigates through an interview that answers a lot of questions, and almost seems cathartic for Johnny.
I’ve been a fan of Johnny’s since his La Familia days, but I was truly excited about his solo career which began in the mid-80s and took off in the mid-90s with the release of his “No Me Hagan Menos” album. For about an hour, the interview touches on a lot, but it’s never enough. The good news is that Johnny is working on an autobiography which will answer even more questions, I’m sure. I’m looking forward to it.
Here’s the interview: