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[…]

Car Wash Meditation

Growing up, beautiful Spring and Summer Saturdays were meant for car washes at the end of our street. My uncle Dana and his friends would spend hours in the sun, washing, buffing, armor-alling and making[…]

Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, and the Vault of Horror

When I was a kid, I would spend lazy rainy days watching baseball and reading every copy of MAD Magazine I had cover to cover. On one trip to the store to get the new[…]

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[…]

Oh God! It’s Deism!

It had been a while since I had seen the John Denver-George Burns masterpiece, Oh God!, and I was surprised by some of the dialogue and God’s attitude. Much (but not all, of course) of what[…]

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.[…]

Hafiz and Omar Khayyam

Maybe it’s the sunrise I saw today…And these guys most definitely love the Sun. Hafiz — Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me.” Look what happens with a[…]

“The Personal Is Political” : How Personal Experience Determines Who Gets My Vote

Every day on Facebook, I see some really nasty discussions and some remarkably uninformed conversations. I always wonder how people make their voting decisions, so I thought I’d share mine. I have benefitted from programs[…]