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Accordionist Brenda Martinez Releases Debut Conjunto Album "Favoritas De Mis Padres"

Release Party and Meet and Greet Scheduled for Saturday Dec. 21 at Janie's Record Shop

San Antonio-based Conjunto accordionist Brenda Martinez released her debut album, “Favoritas De Mis Padres,” on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. In addition to the standard availability on all digital platforms and CD, the album is also available as a vinyl LP, a first for Conjunto for several decades.

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“Favoritas De Mis Padres” is a collection of Conjunto tunes, paying homage to the classic instrumental albums of masters like Ruben NaranjoGilberto Perez, Flaco Jimenez and Ruben Vela, and is dedicated to her parents. The selections include polkas, a huapango, and a reimagined timeless bolero, all with the feel and vibe of old-school Conjunto. Produced by and released on Rancho Alegre Records, the album was recorded at Escalante Music in San Antonio and features Grammy Award winner Oscar Garcia on bajo sexto, bass and drums.  

Martinez released “Lola,” the first single from the album in November 2019. In conjunction with the album release, the follow-up single is called “La Galleta (Cookie Polka).” “La Galleta” is an original polka, composed by Martinez herself, and draws heavily on her Conjunto roots on the west side of San Antonio, but adding a modern twist.  

To celebrate the release of the record, the legendary Janie’s Record Shop is hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, December 21st from 1 to 3 p.m. at the store at 1012 Bandera Rd in San Antonio.  

“Favoritas De Mis Padres” is also available for sale in CD and on vinyl LP online at shop.ranchoalegre.org and can be purchased and streamed on all digital platforms.  For more information about Brenda Martinez, visit her website at brendamartinezmusic.com or follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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I manage all things technical, administrative, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Conjunto music. Our projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, connecting artists with professional and business services, and presenting the annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival and various events throughout the year.

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