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Joe "King" Carrasco and El Molino

  • Tex-Mex Rock-Roll [Lisa, 1978] B+

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Tex-Mex Rock-Roll [Lisa, 1978]
Like the Western swing it rocks and rolls, Tex-Mex is an acquired taste--often a little lightweight, but say that in the wrong bar in Austin and things might get heavy. Anyway, this is the real stuff, more striking than anything on Augie Meyers's dependable Texas Re-Cord Company label mostly because Carrasco writes songs of no special significance that might just as well have originated on the Rio Grande 100 years ago. Favorite titles: "Jalapeno con Big Red" and "Rock Esta Noche." B+