Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival Artist Spotlight: B Santa Ana

B Santa AnaBeatriz "B" Santa Ana is a Central Texas native who got her start in music at a young age. The spark she has for singing first ignited and grew within her family home. Her very first stage was her family's garage and the first song B ever learned was Patsy Cline's "Release Me." It was through her singing for friends and family that she became inspired to chase her passion for music.

Interview with Flaco Jimenez

Frank and Flaco What can you say about the one and only, the legendary Flaco Jimenez?

Flaco's been everywhere, played alongside nearly everyone and is a multi Grammy Award-winning international superstar, former Texas State Musician and NEA Fellow.

Get to know Flaco as you may have never heard him before in this intimate interview with our own Baldomero "El Parrandero" Cuellar, which we recorded at Janie's Record Shop in San Antonio in August, 2016. Many thanks to Rudy Ancira of the Tejano Music Alliance of Texas for joining us and documenting the interview.

 

Interview with Tomas Vasquez

Tomas VasquezJoin Rancho Alegre on KOOP Radio for a special interview with bajo sexto master Tomas Vasquez. We traveled down to the Rio Grande Valley last month and had a great time talking with Tomas about his life, his career with Freddie Gomez y Los Dinamicos and what he's been up to lately.

It's an honor for us to broadcast his story, in his own words and voice, along with rare and classic recordings, on FM radio in Austin.

Please note: This interview is almost entirely in Spanish, and we will try to have a transcript available and post online as soon as it is available here on ranchoalegreradio.org. 

Interview with Los Thunderbirds

Listen to Rancho Alegre's interview with San Antonio's own Los Thunderbirds. We had a great time talking with Abel Hernandez, Ray Flippo, Joe Zimmerle and Tony Vasquez.

The group stopped by the KOOP studios just after Christmas 2015 and we got to know the guys and what the future holds for them.

Interview with Cañonazo

Steve "Rat" Silvas, Erika Santana and Robby Garza of Cañonazo dropped by the KOOP studio to talk about what the red-hot Tejano band has been up to, their latest CD, as well as upcoming projects.

This is the audio archive of the actual KOOP broadcast with host Piper LeMoine. Unfortunately KOOP's license does not permit posting archives with recorded music.

Paquito Rodriguez Benefit November 8th at the Moose Lodge

Years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting and talking with brothers Raphael and Paquito Rodriguez of Los A-T Boyz, and we've been friends ever since. We were struck by their great attitudes and giving spirit, and continued to notice that their band was always available for any kind of benefit or jamaica or wherever else they were needed. 

During that interview, we learned that Paquito had already battled and survived neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects children. Unfortunately, Paquito finds himself fighting cancer again. 

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