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Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012

Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012 Latin Roots #16: 1950's San Antonio Music w/ Alejandro Escovedo August 9, 2012
Todd Wolfson

San Antonio native Alejandro Escovedo is the co-host of this sixteenth installment of Latin Roots, here to discuss the Latin character of his hometown's music in the 1950's. Escovedo's music has a strong Latin influence as a result of growing up in San Antoinio and listening to his parent's music. His Dad played mariachi, and his parents also to rancheras, country, and big band music - which all seeped into what he does today.

Rancheras are Mexican country-western, cowboy music that is sung on the ranches. The singers dress in big hats, are always on horses, and ride in Mexican rodeos - it's all about the Mexican male and the ability to sing loudly. The songs are beautiful with a lot of harmonies. "Solamenta Una Vez" was his dad's absolute favorite and almost every Chicano family in the Southwest had the record. Eydie Gorme and Los Panchos were very popular at the time. On his new album, "Big Station," Alejandro covers "Sabor A Mi," a favorite song that his Dad used to his Mom when times were good.

  • Listen to the Show:
    Listen to the session at NPR.org
  • Show Tracks:
    • Trio Los Panchos
    • "Solamente Una Vez"
    • Grandes Exitos
    • Alejandro Escovedo
    • "Sabor A Mi"
    • Big Station
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