Aye Que Tan Bonita, Los Texas Wranglers

Liner Notes: Aye Que Tan Bonita – Los Texas Wranglers

When Julian Fernandez of Los Texas Wranglers asked me to write the liner notes for Aye, Que Tan Bonita, the guys’ most recent album full of original material, I was honored and I jumped at the chance. Here’s[…]

Festival Post-Mortem: Keeping memories fresh with YouTube

So the 3rd Annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival ended nearly six weeks ago, and we’ve just now recovered and are beginning to get back on track with our regular schedule of website content publication, interviews,[…]

Behind the Scenes at the RACF: The Power of the Press Release

Confession: before our very first Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, I had never written a press release. I found some pretty good examples online, and I went for it. I got lucky, and it paid off[…]

Rancho Alegre Talks Tejano and Conjunto in the Guardian

When one of the most respected newspapers in the entire world, based in London, England, contacted us and asked us to write about Tejano and Conjunto music for an upcoming Travel piece about the American[…]

Señorita Cantinera – Heartbreak and the Beat

An interesting characteristic of all “roots” music like Conjunto, Blues and Traditional Country is the contrast of lyrics that describe heartbreak and despair set to upbeat music. For example: Señorita Cantinera. Covered by countless artists[…]

Austin’s Tejano Music Scene – a Snapshot

Tejano Gold Radio The Magazine April 2013 Located just an hour north of San Antonio, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” We are a city full of music aficionados who[…]

Why I Focus on Tejano and Conjunto – Branding!

If I were to describe myself, it would be “rampantly curious.” Decisions are kind of tough for me, and saying “no” is even tougher. Luckily for me, being personally eclectic is not a curse. In[…]

D’oh! Liner notes would have been helpful…

When we first started blogging a few years ago over at ranchoalegretexas.com, I wrote what I thought was a brilliant analysis of Ruben Naranjo’s cover of the Sir Douglas Quintet’s hit, “She’s About a Mover.”[…]

James Hunter, JD McPherson, and the warm soul of Analog sound

I was living in Denver the first time I heard James Hunter on the radio. He had just hit it big with “People Gonna Talk,” and it was on heavy rotation on the AAA station[…]