Tejano veteran accordionist/vocalist David Farias joins newcomer Lydia Castillo on a new single, “Baby Don’t Go,” that is actually a cover of a Sonny and Cher 1965 pop single but in this version, manages to fuse Tejano, country and zydeco.
But Farias and Castillo, whose voices blend beautifully together, are not the first artists to cover the song and not even the first Tejano artists to do so. In 1997, Dwight Yoakum and Sheryl Crow covered the song on his “Under the Covers” album. Then, Tejano powerhouses Shelly Lares and Ram Herrera recorded their version of the song for Lares’ “De Mi Corazon” album in 2013.
What makes this version different, according to Xavier Chavarilla, owner of record label, Texas 3rd Coast A&E, is the melding of languages and sounds. This latest version is bilingual — and more upbeat as it combines Tejano, country and even zydeco influences.
On DJ Eddie Olivo’s June 19, 2019 show, he interviews Chavarilla, Castillo and Farias. (The interview starts 31 minutes in, and then, at the one-hour mark Farias joins the conversation.)
Farias reveals this is his first time to sing in English. The song’s musical arranger and on-site producer is the skilled pro Chente Barrera. Also appearing on the song is Mario Ortiz, keyboardist and musical director for Jay Perez, who is featured on accordion.
Chavarilla said, on Olivo’s show, that his record label is different from others in that he produces music and not artists. He said he has more than 100 songs that he plans to produce with a diversity of Tejano artists.
Listen to this latest take on the song, “Baby Don’t Go,” that is being touted as the “song of the summer” and see how it moves you! It’s available now at all digital music platforms.
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LISTEN: David Farias — “Baby Don’t Go” (featuring Lydia Castillo)