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Los Texmaniacs: 'Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds'

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When it comes to condensing everything that's great about Tex-Mex into a CD that pleases both the people and academia, nobody does it better than the Texmaniacs and the Smithsonian. The second collaboration between the Smithsonian and Max Baca (bajo sexto, vocals), David Farías (accordion, vocals), and multi-instrumentalists Oscar García and Lorenzo Martínez (after 2009's Grammy-winning Borders y bailes) continues the formula of polkas, waltzes, boleros, redovas, and corridos of its predecessors. Even at its most crowd-pleasing, the playing is so tight and the sound so crisp, that this is mandatory for anyone who is a fan or merely curious about Texas roots music. Hot scoop: There is a good chance this album will be released with a Gruene Hall show in late August with the Texmaniacs, Los Lobos, and guests. Can't wait.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

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