Gabe Nieto & The Jalapeno Express
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Gabe Nieto & The Jalapeno Express

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After hearing Gabe on a home-recorded tape, Allen and David Frizzell encouraged Gabe to participate in the Gibson Guitar Road to Nashville Championships at the First Annual Lefty Frizzell Day in Corsicana, Texas. Gabe eagerly agreed and headed out to Texas to compete against some of the nation’s finest talent. When the dust settled and local radio and television personalities tallied up the votes, Gabe was the clear winner. He was presented with an EJ-200 Epiphone Guitar, recording time, and an appearance on TNN Music City Tonight with Crook and Chase.

While in the studio, Gabe decided to record a remake of Lefty Frizzell’s hit song, “Love You A Thousand Ways.” The twist was that Gabe would make it an up-tempo version with bilingual lyrics! In order to accomplish this, Gabe brought in long-time friend and music icon Little Ritchie Johnson, who produced and promoted numerous hits with Farron Young, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. Little Ritchie called in top musicians from Nashville and blended them with authentic mariachis from New Mexico. This unique sound sent Gabe’s song charging up the international charts and landed him his first top ten hit on the Independent Country charts. As a result of his rapid exposure and radio acceptance, Gabe was named Airplay International Male Rising Star at the King Eagle Radio Awards in Nashville, TN. Games music is still played regularly in Denmark, Sweden, France, Australia, Germany, and Spain. The Airplay International Award marks the first time an Hispanic has ever won this award.

Gabe’s next single, “Moonlight, Roses, and Wine,” went all the way to number one on the Independent Country charts and quickly branded Gabe’s style as “putting a little jalapeno in your coleslaw!” The demand for this single sent Gabe into the studio to record his current album bearing the same title as this successful song.

Recently, Gabe was selected as the only country act on the Hispanic Compilation CD, “The Chicano Alliance.” This CD will target the Hispanic consumer and raises money for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Gabe is featured with such Hispanic icons as Little Joe Y La Familia, Tierra, and El Chicano.