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Classic Album Review: Freddy Fender | La Musica de Baldemar Huerta

The former Texas Tornado reconnecting with his musical roots on his eponymous set.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


No, this isn’t Tex-Mex troubadour Freddy Fender’s tribute to some long-forgotten Mexican mariachi.

Baldemar Huerta is, believe it or not, the name Fender was born with back in 1937 in San Benito, Tex. Accordingly, his nostalgic La Musica de Baldemar Huerta sees the former Texas Tornado reconnecting with his musical roots. The bulk of this dozen-track set consists of heartfelt corridos — ballads to us gringos — that were popular during Freddy’s youth, authentically replicated here with supple Spanish vocals, delicately plucked acoustic guitars and tasteful arrangements graced by violin, trumpet and accordion. For the Anglos, he includes English remakes of his own hits Before the Next Teardrop Falls and Secret Love. There’s no Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, sadly, but there’s not a wasted moment in these refeshingly sincere and elegantly understated performances.