Various Artists

Texas-Mexican Border Music, Vol. 3: Early Corridos (Pt. 2)

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The third in a series of Rounder anthologies from the late '80s and early '90s spotlighting conjunto music illuminates the influx of genres that converged in the style during the '70s and '80s. Contemporary bands were influenced by a variety of American sounds, including rock, country, and jazz, plus more traditional music such as mariachi, polkas, waltzes, mazurkas, etc. These ensembles include vintage instrumentation such as the bajo sexto (12-string Mexican guitar) and double-action button accordion, but the blend between classic and current musics remains, resulting in intriguing juggling acts by such bands as Los Chachos, Los Dos Gilbertos, and Valeria Longoria, as well as individual vocal acts like Steve Jordan and Tony de la Rosa. English translations are provided.