Combine a hefty helping of Tex-Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty Texmaniacs groove. Founded by Max Baca in 1997, Los Texmaniacs combines the traditions of Tejano music with elements of blues, rock, country.
Max Baca is a legend on the bajo sexto, a twelve-string guitar-like instrument, which customarily provides the rhythm accompaniment for the button accordion in conjunto music. On accordion is Max’s nephew Josh Baca, a third-generation accordionist whose style is a unique combination of conjunto, blues, and rock. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Martínez incorporates Mexican and Chicano cultures as well as American grooves. Multi-instrumentalist Noel Hernández developed his skills as a performer deep in the heart of conjunto country in the Rio Grande Valley.
Like a great salsa, the Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. They have performed at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, International Accordion Festival, Kennedy Center and more. They received a GRAMMY award for “Border Y Bailes” in 2010.