Vamos A Guarachar Vinyl Record
Vamos A Guarachar Vinyl Record

Vamos A Guarachar Vinyl Record

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Orkesta Mendoza's 2nd Record pressed on Vinyl.  import only!



Something is stirring in downtown Tucson. That’s no great surprise perhaps: Calexico have been sending out missives from the desert for 20 years now, Giant Sand for even longer than that, and the Green on Red revival is surely overdue. These three giants of American popular music ask questions of the form, chiefly because of where they are situated. Let us remind ourselves that this isn’t a big city in the American sense (it’s the country’s 33rd largest), but that its hinterland is indeed as big as it gets. For an hour south, Mexico starts. And this is where things get interesting. 

Born in Nogales, Arizona, raised in Nogales, Sonora, multi-instrumentalist and band-leader Sergio Mendoza grew up listening to the Mexican regional styles jostling for headspace in a young, music-mad mind – cumbia mainly, but mambo, rancheras and mariachi too. The border is always a fierce arena of exchange, both commercial and cultural, and so there was American music too. At one point ‘rock and roll, the classics’, as Mendoza himself deadpans, seemed to win out and he stopped playing those ‘Latin styles’ for a good decade and a half. 

The return to those sounds was a strong one in 2012’s Mambo Mexicano, co-produced by Mendoza and Joey Burns of Calexico –...  more


released October 7, 2016 

Orkesta Mendoza: 
Sergio Mendoza: vocals, keyboards, guitars, drums, percussion, programming, horns 
Salvador Duran: lead vocals “Cumbia Volcadora,“ “Misterio” & “Cumbia Amor De Lejos” 
Sean Rogers: bass, lead vocal “Shadows of the Mind” 
Marco Rosano: sax, clarinet, trombone, keyboards, guitar 
Raul Marques: backing vocals 
Joe Novelli: lap steel 

Selected guests: 

Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound): voice “Cumbia Volcadora” 
Joey Burns (Calexico): upright bass “Misterio” 
John Convertino (Calexico): Drums “Misterio” 
Gabriel Sullivan (Xixa): vocals “Nada te Debo” 
Jairo Zavala (DePedro): vocals “Nada te Debo” & backing vocals “Misterio” 
Ceci Bastida: vocals “Caramelos” 
Quetzal Guerrero: vocals “Caramelos” 
Tom Hagerman: string arrangement “Misterio” 
Larry Lopez: drums 
Jack Sterbis: percussion 
Rick Peron-Trumpet


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