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[…]

Behind the Scenes: Planning and Promoting the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival

Happy New Year! In my life, a new year means another Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival is only a month away. This year, I’m starting a series of posts here on my personal blog about what[…]

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[…]

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.”[…]

The Road to Rancho Alegre

It’s 7:30 a.m, at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi, Texas. I’m shuffling down the hallway to the breakfast area in search of hot biscuits and gravy. My partner, Frank Cuellar, is making a waffle.[…]