Los Texas Wranglers
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Los Texas Wranglers

Manchaca, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

Manchaca, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
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Flaco & Max
Legends & Legacies (Smithsonian Folkways)
Los Texas Wranglers
Aye, Que Tan Bonita (Deep South Austin Records)

Blues ceded its sound-of-our-town designation long before Gary Clark Jr. appeared on the scene, but squeeze-box polkas go back more than a century in Central Texas. Flaco Jiménez, third generation accordionist bandleader, passed the torch to bajo sexto stringer Max Baca by enlisting him for the Texas Tornados. Now, the younger conjunto purveyor has a Grammy with his Los Texmaniacs, and only four more to go to match his mentor. Thus, Smithsonian Folkways plies trademark higher education in these 17 effervescent duets (with attendant rhythm section) that span key standards (opener "Margarita, Margarita"), lilting waltzes ("Jardín de las Flores"), and a quartet of three-button symphonies penned by Flaco's father Santiago Jiménez Sr. Whether Baca takes lead on a ranchera ballad and shows off the natural, down-tuned goodness of his big-ass gut-string serenader ("Me Voy Lejos"), or Jiménez, 75, lights up his rich, juicy, roadside carnival tones ("Beer-Drinking Polka), Legends & Legacies lives up to its billing. Equally plucky, Los Texas Wranglers state their intent both on the cover of Aye, Que Tan Bonita and its opening verse: "I got married in New York City/ To a cutie sweetie pie/ She made me so happy/ That I can't deny/ When it came to her cooking/ I puked and almost died/ I should've stayed in Texas/ Where the girls are southern fried." Cue the accordion. Odes to Texanitas might, in lesser hands, touch off a cantina emborrachada, but the deep South Austin quintet instead follows the leader in singer Amador Salazar, whose style might somehow be an anagram of his first name – deeply plush, romantic. Cumbia con sal y limón. Cheryl Burke's "cover model" swimwear slips off on the title track, while "En Tejas" tours the state in a song – all of it as tropical as a beach scene. Lead-off batter "Good Ol' Texas Girls" is still the tune to beat, however: "I love those Texas ladies/ They know how to satisfy/ Barbecue is second nature/ Then there's that chicken fried/ A slap of country ribs/ Tater salad and a cold Lone Star/ That's just the first course/ Of those good ol' Texas girls."
(Legends & Legacies) ****
(Aye, Que Tan Bonita) *** - Austin Chronicle


Sunday, Sept. 22, the El Flamingo Club will welcome Los Texas Wranglers for a traditional Sunday tardeada. The popular Austin-based conjunto will bring their friendly, down-home style to the southeast Austin dancehall (also known as the Flamingo Ballroom) for an afternoon of conjunto, country, and dancing.
Earlier this year, Los Texas Wranglers celebrated the release of their newest cd, Mi Canciones, which includes original material written by bandleader Julian Limón Fernandez. The group, which features veteran musicians and female voices, is a hard-working conjunto with a loyal fan base that loves to dance to the group’s unique blend of country and conjunto music. Fernandez has won Austin Music Awards for Best Drummer, accordionist Mariano “Sonny” Trujillo has won in the Miscellaneous Instruments category, and the group has also won for Best Latin Traditional Band as well.
Long story short: Wranglers dances are always easy-going, fun, family-friendly events. No one is a stranger, and there are lots of smiles, laughter, and great tunes from some great musicians. - Austin Vida


Discography

Llegaron-Released in 2004
12 Exitos-Released in 2005
Texas Tradition-Released in 2006
No Boundaries-Released in 2008
Texas Treasures-Released in 2010
Adios, Goodbye-Released in 2011

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Julian L. Fernandez founded Los Texas Wranglers in October 1999. This is a project that he is very proud of. Julian wanted a Conjunto that Austin, Texas could be proud of and afford to hire. The band is made up of great musicians, all of who have their own history in la onda with some of the great and famous Tejano stars.

Los Texas Wranglers have been working hard at making this Conjunto known. By playing cities all over Texas as well as in Arizona, Illinois, Tennessee, California and Washington, they have kept their Conjunto going and built an ever-growing fan base. The bandÂ’s main focus is the audience and showing the younger generation how much fun Conjunto music can be. They perform all styles of Tejano/Conjunto music that extends to Country, Blues, and Pop music. Their music appeals to every generation.
With all of the awards and accolades Los Texas Wranglers have gotten in the last few years, they will soon be a Texas tradition with no boundaries.

Los Texas Wranglers continue to grow in popularity. They have won Best Traditional Latin Band of the Year awards for past three years at the Austin Chronicle Music Awards held during SXSW. This year they won Best Country Band of the Year. Julian Fernandez, their drummer, won for Best Drummer of the Year for the second year in a row. Their accordionist won Best Miscellaneous Instrument of the Year this year.

The band and Joyce Adams, one of their vocalists, were in the five finalist in two categories at the Tejano Awards held in San Antonio in 2010. Nikki Lopez was voted Best New Female Artist at the 210 Conjunto Awards.

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