Blogging from the Tejano Music Convention

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

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.