Devil's Swing: Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Texas-Mexican Border

Devil's Swing: Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Texas-Mexican Border

     
 

These 19 performances in traditional Tejano styles were recorded in the mid- to late '90s during the making of the documentary film The Devil's Swing, which examines the region where the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos meet. At this point on the Texas-Mexico border, around the towns of Ojinaga in Mexico and Presidio in Texas, the isolation from large urbanSee more details below

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These 19 performances in traditional Tejano styles were recorded in the mid- to late '90s during the making of the documentary film The Devil's Swing, which examines the region where the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos meet. At this point on the Texas-Mexico border, around the towns of Ojinaga in Mexico and Presidio in Texas, the isolation from large urban centers has helped preserve the traditional ballad "corrido" styles that are heard on this CD. On the surface this is just another disc of traditional border music: brisk numbers with soulful vocal harmonies, accordion, and pulsing bass, as well as some sax and occasional drums. Read the English translations (provided in the bilingual lyric sheet) of these Spanish-sung numbers, however, and a darker side emerges. Most of these narrative ballads are in fact the stories of drug trafficking along the border, in which the protagonists often meet violent death and harsh prison sentences. This means you really do need to know Spanish to get the most out of the album, as without knowledge of the lyrical nuances, it just sounds like typical music of the genre. Of course, one could argue that as corridos have always dealt with current events, songs about drug trafficking are not really out of the ordinary, anymore, in this style. Note that while a few of these songs are heard in the accompanying film, this isn't a soundtrack but a collection of performances recorded in the making of the documentary, some of which happened to be used in the movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297048023
catalogNumber:
480
Rank:
184279

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Tracks

  1. Corrido de Kiansis  -  Palomares De Ojinaga
  2. Jacinto Treviño  -  Palomares De Ojinaga
  3. La Tumba De Villa  -  Palomares Del Bravo
  4. Los Traficantes del Bravo  -  Palomares Del Bravo
  5. La Tragedia De ojinaga
  6. Corrido De Fermín Arévalo  -  Suspiros De Ojinaga
  7. La Muerte De Fermín Arévalos
  8. El Corrido De Israel Y Guadalupe  -  Luceros de Ojinaga
  9. Corrido De Martín "El Shorty" Lopez  -  Tres Amigos De Isidro Ruiz
  10. El Corrido De 'El Pira' Ramirez  -  Mariachi Frontera
  11. El Zorro De Ojinaga  -  Suspiros De Ojinaga
  12. Corrido De Pablo Acosta  -  Palomares Del Bravo
  13. El Corrido de Amado Carrillo  -  Tomas Sevilla
  14. El Arresto De Los Sánchez  -  Jinettes De Odessa
  15. El Corrido De Gravielo Gardea  -  Mariachi Frontera
  16. El Corrido De "El Kilo"  -  Suspiros De Ojinaga
  17. El Leon De La Sierra  -  Palomares de Ojinaga
  18. Ejido De Palomas  -  Carlos Olivas
  19. El Corrido de Esquiel Hernandez  -  Amado Banda

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