Tim Weed, aka Tim
Weidenkeller, is a world-class singer/songwriter/musician who
has a new CD out called "Soul House." He's a
great lead singer and master of the
banjo and other stringed instruments. This collection of
ten songs includes my favorite "Love and Peace and Happiness," a
song on which I had the pleasure of contributing a harmony
vocal. Tim once performed this song for the Dalai Lama.
I also sang harmony on another of Tim's recordings which is
available as a CD single called "The New Old Pueblo." This
song laments the loss of a part of
Tucson's old barrio and some of its traditions. For more
information on Tim Weed and his music, visit
Tim Weed (2013)
Tommy's album called
"Keep On Moving" contains the old-school
style song, "Tell Me." Tommy is a strong singer and has
some excellent musicians behind him. Click on the link to
check out the video for "Tell
Me" on you tube. Click
here to download "Keep On
Movin'". For more info on Tommy Mora at Reverbnation,
"Keep On Movin'"
Tommy Mora (2010)
"What Is Love" is an excellent CD by singer-songwriter Sammy
Morales. It's a smooth collection of mostly ballads done
in a soulful, jazzy style. The
music is described in the album notes as: "a Soulful
timepiece of enchanting lyrics about love and life, words and
music by Sammy Morales and Albert Lucero, childhood friends that
collaborated on a truly unique CD." They're great songs
for which Sammy's vocal sound and style fit like a glove.
I've heard this album many times and have enjoyed it. My
favorite cuts are "Forbidden Love," "How Could You Walk Away,"
"Then There WasYou," "What Is Love," and "Since You've Been
Gone," which is a tribute to the late great John Lennon.
"What Is Love" is available at
myspace.com/sammysings for more info.
"What Is Love"
Sammy Morales (2009)
"En Mi Cuarto- In My Room" is a brand new CD by Los Angeles
based singer/songwriter, Raymundo Monge. Raymundo started
his professional music career as a member of the youth mariachi,
"Mariachi Juvenil Voz de America," before moving on to the adult
version, "Mariachi Voz de America." However, his debut CD
features his singing and songwriting in what I might call an
"alternative" rock style that has overtones of pop and r&b.
Raymundo is an excellent vocalist and songwriter who sings in
both English and Spanish on this collection. Simply put,
Raymundo Monge is a real talent. Producers on the CD are
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos,
angrymike.com, on "Regreso." (Mike has worked with
Fergie, Justin Timberlake, and Luis Miguel); Richard Mata, who
did the music arrangements on "Vuelve A Mi" and is the musical
director of Mariachi Voz de America; and David Soto III, who
works closely on Raymundo's live material and did production and
arrangements on "Dreamin", "Over to You",
and "Be Happy." "En Mi Cuarto- In My Room" is available on
i tunes and at
cdbaby.com. Check out myspace.com/raymundomonge for more info.
"En Mi Cuarto - In My
Raymundo Monge (2010)
"Con Mi Alma y Corazón" is a new CD by
Tucson diva Olga Flores. This collection is dominated
by tracks where she's backed by mariachi, a style she sings
with passion and authenticity, however she shows her
versatility by singing several other songs in Tejano style
backed by conjunto instruments and even does a great version
of a classic r&b ballad made famous by Ray Charles, "You
Don't Know Me." I'm pleased to say Olga also does a
great job on this CD with my dad's great song, "Barrio
Viejo," which was inspired by Tucson's barrio where he was
born and raised. Olga Flores is an excellent vocalist
who sings with soul and heart, which makes the CDs title so
"Con Mi Alma y
Olga Flores (2010)
"From Where I
Rillera is a music veteran in the truest sense of the word.
After graduating college and teaching grammar school for two
years, he went on the road with two hometown friends, The
Righteous Brothers, and never looked back. In a touring
career with The Righteous Brothers which spanned some 30 years,
he served as their lead guitarist, bandleader and tour manager.
During some quiet periods in their career, Barry took time
off to tour with two bands of which he was particularly proud
- Ray Charles (1 year) and the Southern R&B/ Rock Group,
White Trash. He also recorded with Ray Charles amongst
many others, and did an album with Jerry LaCroix & White
Trash for Columbia. But, his heart has always been with
the blues ever since he first learned to play by listening
to B. B. King 78 records. This opened his mind to the possibilities
the electric guitar had in store for the changing music scene
at that time. Barry has stopped touring as a sideman
for other singers, to pursue a solo career, firmly believing
he has something to offer. Barry continues to follow
his passions, which are performing live and writing more blues
material. Barry Rillera CD is availabe at amazon.com
at the link below and
"From Where I Stand"
Barry Rillera (2005)
"Let's Take A
Trip"- a new CD by the excellent singer from Santa Barbara,
California. The collection includes great covers of
classic r&b songs such as Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On," The
Temptations' "Ain't No Woman Like The One I've Got," and "The
Closer I Get To You" (a duet with Techeetah Lopez). It
also features songs by Smokey Robinson, Richard Bean (the
original vocalist of Malo), and Pepe's producer Carlos Guillen.
Guitarists featured on the CD include Ray Carrion and Tierra's
Rudy Salas. This album also has many great East L.A. guest
vocalists such as Steve Salas (the original voice of Tierra),
Gilbert Stokes, and Mike Jimenez. All the above singers,
including Pepe, are featured on a track called "Float On," which
is one of the highlights on the record. "Let's Take a
Trip" has excellent musicianship, arrangements and production.
Some of the tracks are produced by Carlos Guillen and others by
Jeff Lewis, the great trumpet player of Tierra who is also an
excellent engineer. Click on the links below to see three
music videos from "Let's Take a Trip."
On" featuring Steve Salas, Gilbert Stokes, and Mike
"Pepe Marquez"- the
singer from Santa Barbara, California has a CD out simply called "Pepe Marquez." This
collection is mostly made up of original compositions by his
producer, Carlos Guillen. Musical genres include r&b,
cumbias, a techno funk tune called "No Parking On the Dance
Floor," and a cha cha that's one of my favorite tracks, "Muchacha
Cha." The CD also features a duet with Steve Salas of
Tierra on the classic "Too Late To Turn Back Now" and two
tracks with Rocky Padilla, covers of "Tighten Up" and "I'm
Gonna Make You Love Me." The album closes with a cover
of Lionel Ritchie's "Penny Lover." Pepe has been singing for over 20 years and has opened for
artists such as Malo, Tierra, and Little Joe y La Familia.
For more information visit
Pepe Marquez (2010)
Highlights of Pepe's 2007 release
include the title track and a cover of the classic "Never
Can Say Goodbye." Most of the songs on the album
were written by Carlos Guillen, who's an excellent writer
in many styles. The songs on the CD are a mix of r&b,
salsa, and some nice ballads, both in English and in Spanish.
Pepe's previous CD called "Just For You" featured
covers of "Grazing In the Grass," "That's All,"
Debarge's "All This Love," and Neil Sedaka's "Working
On a Groovy Thing." My favorite track on this collection
is a cumbia called "Juana La Cubana/Mambo U/K.
For more information visit
Pepe Marquez (2007)
"Just For You" Pepe Marquez (2004)
bassist/vocalist with roots in the
East L.A. music scene of the sixties, has a CD out with
a collection of songs with elements of Latin, rock, and
jazz. Alfredo has many musical credits, including
his participation as a bass player on part of Tierra's second
album, "Stranded," in 1972. The highlight
of the record for me is his version of The Beatles' obscure
but great song "There's a Place." It's always
been a favorite of mine and Alfredo gives it an excellent
Latin jazz treatment. He also puts his own style to
The Beatles' "I'll Be Back" and The Kinks' "Tired
of Waiting." Alfredo also writes or co-writes
most of the other tracks. For more information write
Alfredo at email@example.com.
"Heart of the Warrior" Alfredo Rubalcava (2003)
La Banda Skalavera
"No Está Mal"-
a CD by a nine-piece Los Angeles band managed by East L.A. music
pioneer Max Uballez. Max was the leader of 60s Eastside
band, The Romancers, who are featured on this website.
The music of La Banda Skalavera is best described in their
bio as being "firmly rooted in rancheras and rock &
roll, brimming with ska and punk attitude, a dab of reggae,
cumbia, and heavy metal interwoven with a Raza groove."
I haven't heard them live yet, but I understand they have
a lot of energy on stage and are very exciting. They
also write all their own songs. Their CD, "No Esta
Mal," was just released in December of 2004 with national
distribution. A national tour is in the works.
For more information on La Banda Skalavera visit
makzrecords.com or contact Max Uballez
La Banda Skalavera
"No Esta Mal" (2004)
smooth r&b vocalist from Southern California, who can
best be described as a romantic singer, since most of the
tracks on his self-titled CD are love songs. His music
also has pop and Latin influences. Anthony Prieto
has performed on the bill with some of the top Chicano artists
such as Malo, Tierra, Kid Frost, and A Lighter Shade of
Brown. He's also got a new CD out called "Life,
Love, & Desire" (2004). "Prieto"
is available at amazon.com at the link below.
"Anthony Prieto" (2000)
a CD entitiled "Lifetime Achievement"
has just been released by Brown Bag Records by the legendary
pioneers of Chicano rock. The band from East L.A.
goes back to the fifies when they played venues such as
the Zenda Ballroom and El Monte Legion Stadium. This
CD contains both instrumentals and vocals, covering classic
songs such as "Pachuco Hop," "Night Train/All
Night Long," "Corrido Rock," and "Stardust."
The album also features guest vocalists Rudy Salas of Tierra,
Steve Salas, Hank Castro, and Sal Chico. It also has
an intro by legendary dj, Huggy Boy. The Armenta Brothers
can still rock. My favorite cut is Frogman Henry's
"Ain't Got No Home" with an excellent lead vocal
by Rudy Salas. For more info on the CD or to order
See CD below.
"Lifetime Achievement" The Armenta Brothers
Time Again" is a new cd by r&b/blues/Latin vocalist
Johnny Hernandez, who also happens to be the brother of Tejano
music legend Little Joe Hernandez. Johnny's voice has
an authenticity, style, and sound that works well with r&b
and blues music, which is what his cd is all about.
There are covers of such r&b classics as "Kansas
City," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Stagger
Lee," and "CC Rider." Johnny also does
a nice cover of Jimmy Clanton's ballad "Just a Dream."
There are a couple of songs written by Johnny, including a
cool blues song called "Wicked, Wicked Woman."
The CD closes with a salsa tune called "Todo Me Gusta
De Ti" that is one of the highlights of the album and
shows Johnny can also sing Latin music with authenticity.
For more information visit
"This Time (Again)"
Johnny Hernandez (2007)
"La Ventana"- La Ventana came together in January of 2005 from a core
of long-time Bay Area musicians who all shared the same
musical vision, "performing our own unique brand of
Latin music." The band describes their style as "Salsa
Rock." La Ventana music is made up of elements
of salsa, rock, reggae, and soul. The band members
have opened for and shared the bill with artists such as
Santana, Marc Anthony, Sapo, and Chepito Areas. Some
highlights of their new cd include "Te Estoy Buscando,"
a salsa tune in Spanish that kicks off the cd; "Mira
Mi Vida," a bi-lingual salsa tune; "Baby Please,"
a soul ballad sung in English with some subtle Latin percussion;
and "Friends Before Lovers," a reggae song sung
in English. All but one of the tracks are written
by lead vocalist Carlos Elizalde and guitarist Johnny De
La Cruz. Elisalde's provides excellent lead vocals
and the band can play.