Sunday, December 21, 2014

Deep in the Heart: Los Texmaniacs and "Viva Seguin"

Viva Seguin (Long Live Seguin) Polca by Los Texmaniacs on Grooveshark

Today's song is very appropriate since as you're reading this, Megan and I are somewhere deep in the heart of Texas. Viva Seguin is by the group Los Texmaniacs. Created in 1997 by Max Baca, Los Texmaniacs wanted to play traditional conjunto and tejano music but also incorporate rock and jazz while honoring the old traditions. Baca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and followed is grandfather and father in learning the accordion starting at age 5. He was invited by one of his idols, the great Flaco Jimenez, to play in Jimenez' band in San Antonio where he learned to play the bajo sexto (bass) using all six strings in the traditional style. In forming Los Texmaniacs, Baca wanted to keep alive the style of another groundbreaking band, the Texas Tornados. Viva Seguin can be found on their 2012 release Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds.