Los Texmaniacs win Grammy award for best tejano album
Congratulations to Los Texmaniacs for winning the 2009 GRAMMY award for Best Tejano Album for Borders y Bailes. This is the group's first GRAMMY win. The Texas-Mexican conjunto band, armed "with an assortment of Tex-Mex beats infectious enough to get even the most sedentary crowd moving" (Washington Post), produced an album that breathes new life into the century-old music of the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Los Texmaniacs, whose members Max Baca and David Farias have each previously been awarded a GRAMMY with other groups, recorded Borders Y Bailes in San Antonio, Texas after appearing at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. "Oh, my God. We did it," said bandleader Max Baca about the win, "This is hip music that everybody in the world can relate to, with the traditional conjunto elements.
This is the fifth GRAMMY award for Smithsonian Folkways, and the second year in a row the nonprofit record label has won an award after Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos earned the 2008 Best Regional Mexican Album award. The Tradiciones/Traditions Series of Latino Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (of which Borders y Bailes is a part), now numbers 30 albums and has earned two GRAMMY awards, a 2007 LATIN GRAMMY, and seven GRAMMY and LATIN GRAMMY award nominations.
Overall, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has received 20 GRAMMY award nominations (including award winners) since 1997, including 14 nominations since 2004. In addition, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artists Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, and Doc Watson have been awarded GRAMMY Association Lifetime Acheivement Awards, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings contributed to the 1998 GRAMMY-winning album Folkways -- A Vision Shared: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly and the 1993 GRAMMY-nominated album Roots of Rhythm and Blues: A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era.