Rancho Alegre Interview - Little Joe

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The “King of the Brown Sound” is a fitting nickname for Little Joe Hernandez. The music he has played over his storied career has blended together everything from mariachi, orquesta, conjunto, country, doo-wop, Sinatra-style standards, jazz, rock, salsa, and whatever else sounds and feels right, creating a sound that has resonated with Chicanos for over 50 years.

Coming from humble beginnings in the cotton fields of Temple, Texas, Little Joe has seen it all. Famous for collaborations and duets, the Grammy winner has worked with everyone from Conjunto pioneer Valerio Longoria to longtime Tejano friends Ruben Ramos and Roberto Pulido to Country legend Willie Nelson to parody master extraordinaire Weird Al Yankovic.

We made a special trip to his museum in Temple to talk with the man himself. Surrounded by photos and memorabilia, we talked about his life and career, even some politics. There’s a lot of insight, a lot of philosophy, and some good laughs too.

It’s so good that we broke it up into three parts…enjoy!

(note: we included his Schlitz Beer commercial for historical purposes only)

Track Listing: 
Al Cortar Una Gardenia – with La Familia
Indita Mia – with the Latinaires
Que Lastima – with Johnny & Rocky Hernandez and La Familia
Una Mujer De Este Pueblo – with Johnny and La Familia
Luchare – Los Carnales de Little Joe
Take Me To Jail – Little Joe
Ramona – Rocky Hernandez with Little Joe
Por Una Mujer Casada (Live) – with La Familia
Pajarillo Barraqueño – with La Familia
Que Paso La Ultima Vez – with Mariachi Companas de America
Las Nubes – with La Familia
Borrachera – with La Familia
Mira Juanita – with La Familia
Prieta Linda – with La Familia
Devolucion – with La Familia
Noche De Amores – with Valerio Longoria
Our Last Night – with Donna Fargo and Johnny Rodriguez
Amor, Amor – with Willie Nelson
Recuerdos Querido Amigo – with Gilberto Perez
Ojala – with David Lee Garza
Cartas Marcadas – as Los Tres Amigos w/Ruben Ramos and Roberto Pulido
Serenata Huasteca – Los Tres Amigos
Flor Del Rio – with La Familia
Only You – with La Familia
La Unica Estrella – with La Familia
Ojitos Verdes
Por Un Amor
Tome Schlitz
Las Nubes – with Los Palominos

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