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Tacho’s Sabado Playlist

Welcome to 2022! While Omicron seems to be affecting some of the live music scene, the industry goes merrily along. There’s much excitement about OmicRodeoHouston as Journey has made it to the line-up. And a few others, too. Unfortunately, No Tejano Day is now Norteño day, so the OmicRodeo folks have made their disdain for Tejano music even clearer now. So be it. There’s still plenty of Tejano to be enjoyed, even if it is digital. So, here are a few new tunes that hit my radar.

Marcos Orozco – Cada Dia Mas – Marcos Orozco is back with brand new material from his Intimo album. It’s been a while but Orozco is one of David Lee Garza’s alumni who went solo years ago. He has quite the following for his simple and down to earth style of music–nothing flash, just good music. Cada Dia Mas kicks off the new album, which also includes classics, such as Y Ahora Te Vas (Los Bukis) and an old standard, Cuando El Destino. It’s a good album to kick off 2022.

Samoyedo – Lupita – Grupo Samoyedo is an outfit from Guadalajara, MX who has gained a following from recording old-school Tejano classics, but in their own progressive conjunto style. Lupita is their newest, although they did release a David Lee Garza tribute medley featuring DLG himself (an Val Maltos on sax).

AB Quintanilla/Ricky Rick/Neto Pena/Yoss Bones – La Kumbia Buena – ABQ3 drops this versatile cumbia collab. Check it out!

Tacho’s Playlist

Time to add a few more tunes to your playlist. Here are a few awesome finds.

Los Texmaniacs – El Rancho Grande – Recently, a new compilation paying tribute to the late great Freddy Fender was released. Included in the mix of tunes was Grammy winners, Los Texmaniacs with their rendition of El Rancho Grande. With Josh Baca’s squeezebox and Max Baca’s signature bajo sexto, this tune is fast becoming a favorite. Check it out.

Los Nuevos Dudes – La Luz – One of my favorite duos during the late 80s was Los Dudes, which featured Joe Revelez and Anthony Hernandez sharing vocal and keyboard duties. Their live shows never disappointed as the two-man band made a lot of noise. Revelez, now, teams up with former Gary Hobbs keyboardist Hector Gutierrez on this new tune. Revelez has not lost his touch with his jazzy keyboarding, with the accomplished Gutierrez adding a strong segunda.

The Latin Breed – Ay Mujer – Recently, The Latin Breed released a new album of re-recorded hits featuring their most recent lead vocalist Ben Miranda. Ay Mujer was one of the top hits from Latin Breed’s best seller, Breakin’ the Rules from 1988. Since then, the legendary big band has made several albums, but this is the first time they have re-recorded some of their biggest hits featuring a newer vocalist. Folks will remember that Breakin’ The Rules launched the career of Jay Perez. The Latin Breed does not disappoint with their tight horn and rhythm section, but Ben Miranda also impresses. After 50 years in the business, The Latin Breed continues to tour putting on powerful performances.

And as we begin Raza Heritage Month…

The Tortilla Factory – Mi Gente – A few years ago, The Tortilla Factory recorded this powerful tune, a sequel to Little Joe, Johnny y La Familia’s legendary Las Nubes. El Gato Negro Ruben Ramos, El Charro Negro Bobby Butler, and Alfredo Guerrero provide a 3-part harmony, while Joe Gallardo offers up some trombone licks. Listen to the lyrics. The video features some powerful images, too. One familiar face is our friend, former Senator Gonzalo Barrientos.

Tacho’s Playlist Saturday

It’s time for another edition of Tacho’s Playlist Saturday where I highlight some of the newest stuff that has appeared on my radar recently. The music can be Tejano, Onda Chicana, Norteno, Americana, or just about anything that I happen to like. So, here is what I like this week:

Demmi Garcia – Con Tu Amor (f/ David Lee Garza)- Demmi Garcia is an accomplished young vocalist who is showing up on various radars. This ranchera is danceable, no doubt, but her vocals are impressive. That shouldn’t be too surprising because of her family music background, as well as achieving a good foundation with her studies at Berklee College of Music. Anyway, watch out for this sensation, who also appeared on Avizo’s newest album with Aventura De Mi Vida. So, you get a two-fer from Demmi.

David Farias – Por Que Quiero Enamorarme De Ti – The legendary David Farias, founding member of Los Hermanos Farias and Tropa F, continues earning airplay from his first solo album with Freddie Records. He dropped this new cumbia a few weeks ago with its Farias legacy sound, yet in tune to today’s music needs.

The Mavericks – Por Ti – One of my fave groups released a bonus track for their En Espanol album, which has gained much cross-cultural attention. The Mavs are also touring on this latest album released at the start of the pandemic. A little back story: The original English version titled For You was released on one of Malo’s solo albums before The Mavericks reunited in 2012. I love this version, though, with the powerful horn section and the squeezebox magic of Michael Guerra.