Album Review

Los Donnenos – “Grabaciones Originales 1950-1954 ” – [Arhoolie Productions]

ArtCrimes   3/7/2007   CD, International

Los Donnenos “Grabaciones Originales 1950-1954”

The Norteno style is found in its most basic form here, with Ramiro Cavazos and Mario Montes playing accordion and guitar (or bajo sexto, the chunky sounding Mexican 12 string). There are many story songs, typically about bad-ass gunmen or unobtainable senoritas of great mystery. Each song is tagged with its style: the ranchera has that peppy and relentless Tex-Mex beat well known to anyone within range of a Spanish speaking radio station; Corridos are text-heavy ballads about heroic deeds of both well-known and obscure characters. Track 14 is an instrumental polka.

This music is what one might have heard at a dance or saloon in southern Texas 50 years ago, far more authentic to these styles than anything one hears today.

you heard it 22 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 570 days ago, Bryan Chandler played Baldomero Del Fierro (Corrido)
  • 2096 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played El Corrido De San Pedro (Corrido)
  • 4112 days ago, Pax Humana played El Corrido De San Pedro (Corrido)
  • 4588 days ago, Cadillac Margarita played El Sube Y Baja (Polka)
  • 4687 days ago, sonny atoms played No Se Porque (Ranchera)
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