Tortilla Factory’s Alfredo Guerrero talks rehab and sobriety in exclusive Tejano Nation interview [VIDEO]

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Alfredo Guerrero | Photo credit: Lupe Moya

Tortilla Factory frontman Alfredo Guerrero told Tejano Nation in an exclusive interview about his visit to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads rehab center for alcohol addiction.

The 45-year-old singer said he was sent to the luxury rehab center in Antigua with the help of the GRAMMYs. Founded by music legend Eric Clapton, Crossroads Centre Antigua offers a therapeutic, supportive and safe environment away from the confusion of life in addiction, according to their website.

“They sent me out there for 30 days, I had a spiritual awakening,” Guerrero said. “After Charro passed away, it really threw me down…I promised Charro and my father that I would keep the legacy going. This is my first Tejano Music Awards without either of one of them.”

Guerrero’s father Tony “Ham” Guerrero, who passed away in 2011, was a pioneering musician who shaped the Chicano sound with Tortilla Factory and Little Joe y La Familia in the early ‘70s. “El Charro Negro” Bobby Butler was also an integral part of the Tortilla Factory and Little Joe Y La Familia, he passed away in October 2016.

“They’re my two angels now in heaven and I’m never going back to that life again,” he said. “I had to do a lot of soul searching and I had to get a lot out that was within me that I had to release and by the grace of God I have been able to do that.”

He added that he wanted to get sober for his daughter.

“I have a daughter that I have to live for,” he said. “I’m her rock. I’m all she has, if something were to happen to me she would be devastated, but most importantly I did it for myself, because if I can’t help myself I won’t be able to help other people.”

Guerrero was groomed by his father to one day take over the legacy of the three-time Grammy-nominated Tortilla Factory.

“Now that I’ve recovered and in recovery, I’m ready to fulfill the capabilities that God has given me, musically and as a person…Tortilla Factory lives on,” he said.

WATCH: Tortilla Factory’s Alfredo Guerrero talks rehab in exclusive interview.


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