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Tejano Roots: The Women (1946-1970)
     

Tejano Roots: The Women (1946-1970)

 
Recorded for the Ideal label in Texas between 1946 and 1970, this gathers about an hour's worth of female-sung Tejano music, from a time in which the form was ignored by companies outside of the region. Most (but not all) of the 22 tracks are duets, sometimes between sister teams, and are often punched up with conjunto and orquesta accompaniment; the liner notes

Overview

Recorded for the Ideal label in Texas between 1946 and 1970, this gathers about an hour's worth of female-sung Tejano music, from a time in which the form was ignored by companies outside of the region. Most (but not all) of the 22 tracks are duets, sometimes between sister teams, and are often punched up with conjunto and orquesta accompaniment; the liner notes speculate that this was because the growing Tejano middle class disapproved of the accordion sound and its proletarian associations. From a sociological point of view, this music was interesting in that it offered Tejano women creative outlets in a musical and social environment in which females were discouraged from taking place in activities outside of the home. Anthropological considerations aside, it's a decent collection of ranchera, bolero, and cancion variants of the Tex-Mex sound, with occasional solo artists (including Lydia Mendoza) amidst the duets; Chelo Silva's dignified bolero "Si Acaso Vuelves" is a standout.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/1993
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297034323
catalogNumber:
343
Rank:
144899

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony de la Rosa   Accordion
Hermanas Mendoza   Vocals,Track Performer
Lydia Mendoza   Vocals,Track Performer
Chelo Silva   Vocals,Track Performer
Narciso Martínez   Accordion
Conjunto Bernal   Track Performer
Abajenas   Vocals,Track Performer
Paulino Bernal   Accordion
Hermanas Cantu   Vocals
Rosita Fernandez   Vocals,Track Performer
Hermanas Fraga   Vocals,Track Performer
Maria Luisa Guerrero   Vocals,Track Performer
Carmen y Laura   Vocals,Track Performer
Rosita y Laura   Vocals,Track Performer
Rancheritas   Vocals,Track Performer
Hermanas Segovia   Vocals,Track Performer
Gilberto Lopez   Accordion
Jesus "Chuy" García   Bass
Santiago Alameida   Bajo Sexto,6-string bass
Juan Garcia   6-string bass

Technical Credits

Armando Marroquín   Producer
Chris Strachwitz   Liner Notes
Elizabeth Weil   Cover Design
Wayne Pope   Cover Design
Jim Nicholopulos   Liner Notes

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