Blogging from the Tejano Music Convention

I’ve learned a lot this past weekend about Tejano (Spanish-Texan) music and the musicians who play it. For the past couple of days I’ve attended various events at the national Tejano Music National Convention, which draws Tejanos from around the country. Yesterday I even took a Tejano dance class, which I loved. I think I’m still dizzy from all the spinning.

The Tejano music I danced to had a lot of accordion sounds in it, which is typical of Tejano tunes. Tejano music started off as grassroots music and then rose to stardom status with singers like Selena. In some senses, it has returned to being grassroots music. Many have said that Tejano music “died” with the passing of Selena, but the musicians I talked to this weekend said that’s just not true. They acknowledged that Tejano music is struggling, but said it can be a lucrative business and that in many respects, it’s still “alive and well.” What’s lacking, they said, are Tejano music radio stations.

My colleague, Mario Tarradell, and I have been blogging about some of these issues from the convention for The Dallas Morning News‘ music blog. Click here to read our posts.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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