One of the most celebrated Tejano/conjunto groups of their era, the Hometown Boys started out as a family band and went on to become one of most popular conjunto acts in the Southwest, despite a sad history of personal loss. Based in Lubbock, Texas, the Hometown Boys' story began in the '50s, when Roman Martinez, Sr., a talented bajo sexto player, married his girlfriend Maria Dolores, who was also his bandmate in a popular local group, Madrugadores del Valle. As the Martinez family grew, Roman and Maria discovered their children were also gifted musicians, and in time the parents and their six children formed a band, el Grupo Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez. The group had an eclectic style, capable of playing traditional acoustic music or an updated version dominated by electric instruments depending on the demands of the audience, ...
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