Borderlands: From Conjunto to Chicken Scratch

Borderlands: From Conjunto to Chicken Scratch


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Subtitled "Music of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Southern Arizona," this compilation of 18 tracks from the late 1940s through the early '90s illustrates several aspects of border music. Conjunto music is well-represented, as expected, along with other strains of the Tejano sound that aren't quite as reliant on the usual accordion-dominated arrangements. The great Lydia Mendoza is represented with one of her best recordings, the 1954 bolero "Aunque Me Odies," and Beto Villa Orquesta with Carmen y Laura do a bolero-mambo that's more pop-oriented (in a good way) than the usual Tejano harmony number. The last five tracks are by Native Americans from Southern Arizona, who play "chicken scratch" with casual similarities to the conjunto played by Tejanos, although the arrangements give greater prominence to fiddles and saxophones. This has more variety, and higher quality, than the usual Tex-Mex/conjunto/Tejano/border music compilation, and is recommended to those who want a good sampling of some of the better stuff. Comes with copious annotation.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1993
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074041826
catalogNumber: 40418
Rank: 110145


  1. La Cuquita
  2. Gregorio Cortez
  3. Aunque Me Odies
  4. Un Rato No Mas
  5. Un Adobe Y Cuatro Velas
  6. Mi Unico Camino @@El Conjunto Bernal
  7. Angel de Mis Anhelos @@Rubin Y Su Conjunto Vela
  8. Corrido de Gerardo Gonzales
  9. El Saino de Donna Texas
  10. Dados Cargados
  11. Caso Perdido
  12. La Calle Flores
  13. Quédate
  14. San Javielpo Chu'kuy Kawi
  15. Ali Oidak Polka
  16. Old Man Rooster
  17. Madre Mia Chote
  18. Uwaldina U Juan Gonzalez @@El Conjunto Murrietta

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lydia Mendoza   Vocals
Donneños   Track Performer
Ramón Ayala   Accordion,Vocals
Invasores de Nuevo León   Track Performer
Narciso Martínez   Accordion
Dos Gilbertos   Track Performer
Gu-Achi Fiddlers   Track Performer
Molinas   Track Performer
Rubén Vela   Accordion
Oscar Hernandez   Accordion
Carmen y Laura   Track Performer
Southern Scratch   Track Performer
Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta   Track Performer
Roberto Pulido Y Los Clasicos   Track Performer
Gilberto Lopez   Accordion
Timoteo Cantu   Track Performer
Jesus Maya   Track Performer
Gilberto Garcia   Accordion
Francisco Molina   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cathy Ragland   Producer,Introduction
Reynaldo Martinez   Composer
Roger Garcia   Artwork

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