The Michael Guerra Band win the "Best Tex-Mex/Conjunto " Award for 2013 at the 4th annual Fox Music Awards USA
The Michael Guerra Band were announced as the Best Tex-Mex/Conjunto Band of the year at the 4th annual Fox Music Awards USA 2014 in Houston, Texas on April 29th. The Band self released their debut album in 2012 and with limited resources managed to get the record out across the State of Texas. A few weeks after its release, the Michael Guerra Band made its first appearance in the Roots Music Report Texas Top 100 coming in at No. 64. Since then, it steadily climbed the charts and eventually peaked out at # 22 in Texas and #28 Nationally.
Members of the band were unable to attend due to prior commitments and Michael, who is a member of Grammy Award Winning, Alt-Country band The Mavericks are in the early stages of a 25th Anniversary World Tour. "I would like to thank our fans and the people down at Fox Music USA for this award. It really is a reflection of all the hard work put in to making the best record we could," Guerra said by phone just before a gig in Florida. "And of course a huge thank you to studio producer Joe "Bluecat" Trevino for his hard work and tireless efforts to help us get our record out there."
Based out of San Antonio, Texas, The Michael Guerra Band celebrates what indie music is all about taking the craftsmanship of the legendary Doug Sahm, infusing the rollicking soul of Flaco Jimenez and the corazón de Los Lobos then adding the talent of a Los Angeles Texican resulting in The Michael Guerra Band.
The eponymous disk is a unique listening experience that incorporates Tex-Mex Fusion, Rock, Conjunto, Blues and Americana styles. Its 11 tracks of intense diversity promises the percipient an unparalleled listening experience. The record, produced by Michael Guerra, was recorded at the legendary Blue Cat Studios in the King William district of San Antonio.
The disc has five original songs written by Guerra with contributions from iconic songwriter Hector Saldana of The Krayolas and screenwriter/novelist D.R. Pedraza. The record also includes covers of The Who's "Squeezebox" and the Caetano Veloso/Moacir Albuquerque hit "La Barca." Feature recordings include "La Prietita Loca," "Break Away," "My Love's Too Big,"Voodoo Lady," and "Dreams Gone Blue."
The band consists of Guerra on lead vocals, accordion and guitars, Robert "Bertman" Ybarra on lead guitar, bajo sexto and background vocals, Gabe Barajas on drums and Ramon Jasso Jr on bass.