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Joe King Carrasco / Blog


“Chiliando, a Cuban slang word for “Chillin’ Out”, is about how I survived the Mexican Drug War which started in 2006 --- about the same time I moved to Mexico. Many of these songs were written sitting at military check points out in the Mexican deserts (where there was often a 50 caliber machine gun pointing down at me) during my trips from Jalisco to Laredo with my 3 Jack Russell Terriers – resulting in Rock’n’Roll Blues songs with Mexican slang from the dark side of Fiesta -- while trying to figure out if they were Federales or Bandidos -- Joe King Carrasco


Recording a new CD with producer, Rick Del Castillo, at Smilin Castle Productions - and it's rockin'!!!! First song was released on March 3rd - 'My Ding Dong Daddy Don't Daddy No Mo' - My mom told me "something's terribly wrong in Minnesota" -- so I wrote this song about my home town, Dumas Texas, a dusty lonely town in the panhandle of Texas. You can now listen to it on my Reverbnation page. Please support my music by clicking on the 'buy' link and get your very own copy for only 99 cents. Albert Bestiero - guitar, Chuggy Hernandez - bass, Vince Mejia - drums and Rick Del Castillo on backing vocals.

New CD - RUCCA - Released

RUCCA CD has been released!!! Check out the video - RUCCA on YouTube! http://youtu.be/6ab2lx4MDHk

'Tamale Christmas'

Joe's first Christmas song, 'Tamale Christmas' now has 3 videos on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twW4ka_pfuk&feature=share http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnffWcxb0jM&feature=share http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApAMuysEL30&feature=share

The song is available for download for only 99 cents at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joekingcarrasco18 or your favorite online music store.

New Music! New Shows! and More News!

There's so much going on it's hard to know where to start........ My new CD - Tlaquepaque - with Ernie Durawa, Speedy Sparks, and Augie Meyers - is out. You can hear a few of the songs from this CD on the music link on this e-mail. Tlaquepaque CD is full of diverse musical styles including Garage Rock, San Antonio Rumba Blues, Polka, Vamp Rock, Tex-Mex, Cha-cha, and more. During the recording, many amazing musician friends stopped in to add tracks including Jesse Dayton, Joe Morales, Aaron Lack, Chuggy Hernandez, Jimmy Shortell, Marcello Gauna, John X Reed, Gil Herman and Lisa York. Take a minute to ask your favorite radio station to play songs from Tlaquepaque. Naill Toner's show Roots Freeway Radio on Ireland's RTE Radio played "I Saw My Baby" from my Tlaquepaque CD and --get this--- Naill used "I Saw My Baby" on an In-Flight Radio Show for Aer Lingus, Ireland's National Airline and it will be featured as part of the in-flight entertainment for all their Trans-Atlantic flights in 2013!!! Ay Ay Ay!!! Break out the Tequila! http://www.rte.ie/radio1/roots-freeway/ The Austin Lounge Lizards have just released their new CD with a song called "Spelunking With Joe King Carrasco". Listen to the story behind the song in this interview on NPR with Hank Card and Conrad Deisler. http://www.npr.org/2013/05/05/180877218/for-the-austin-lounge-lizards-weirdness-is-a-virtue I'm rolling out some really crazy Joe King Mexican Shopping Bag Commercials. I sell the Mexican Bags on my web site at www.joeking.com. So far, I have 2 videos out and you can check them out at http://youtu.be/HmKtZ0KL7QI and http://youtu.be/16W9LwCBcA8 We have restocked the Joe King T-Shirts. Check them out at the Mercado at www.joeking.com We are booking shows in the States this summer. You can check out the upcoming show link on this e-mail. If you want a personal reminder, download the "Bands In Town" App and link to me. They will send you reminders when I'm playing in your area. http://www.bandsintown.com/JoeKingCarrasco One of the shows booked is a show with the Texas Tornadoes on July 6th at Antone's in Austin, Texas. That will be a Tex-Mex blast!!! Tickets are on sale now. Follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joekingcarrascoband?ref=hl Follow me on Twitter @joekingcarrasco Thanks for your support!!! I'm off to work on my next new song! Joe

New Music: Tlaquepaque - OUT NOW

Last summer (2012), at Ernie Durawa's suggestion, Speedy Sparks and I joined Ernie in the studio to record a song or two. But we couldn't stop and ended up recording 25 songs of mine. These are mostly new songs exhibiting diverse musical styles including Garage Rock, San Antonio Rumba Blues, Polka, Vamp Rock, Tex-Mex, Cha-cha, and more. During the recording, many amazing musician friends stopped in to add tracks including Jesse Dayton, Joe Morales, Aaron Lack, Chuggy Hernandez, Jimmy Shortell, Marcello Gauna, John X Reed, Gil Herman and Lisa York.

The first single from these recordings, “I Saw My Baby” was released on November 27, 2012 as a digital download only available on CD Baby and iTunes and about 30 other online stores.

The second single “Tlaquepaque” (the title song from the CD) will be released on January 29th, 2013 as a digital download only.

The first 12 songs are being finished up for a CD called “Tlaquepaque” set to be released in March 2013.

You can listen to both new songs on my Reverbnation page.

Check out this week’s Austin Chronicle for Margaret Moser’s article called "Nacho Daddy" and one by Joe Nick Patoski called "Behind the Crown" at http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2013-01-25/nacho-daddy/

New Music - "Tamale Christmas"

Late summer 2012, Joe got together with Speedy Sparks and Ernie Durawa (both from the original El Molino 1978) and recorded “Tamale Christmas” for HAAM. They brought in Joe Morales to play sax and Marcello Gauno on accordion. “Tamale Christmas” is on the Holiday HAAM JAM CD as a fund raiser for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. CD release party is at Antone's in Austin, Texas on December 12th. "Tamale Christmas" can be downloaded from CDBaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/holidayhaamjamvol2 or from iTunes.

Out Now! "I Saw My Baby"

My new song, "I Saw My Baby" has just been released as a digital download single and is available on www.cdbaby.com and iTunes. This San Antonio Rumba style blues song was recorded in Austin Texas this fall with Ernie Durawa on Drums, Speedy Sparks on bass, Joe Morales on sax and Marcelo Gauna on accordion.

Tex-Mex Jubilee Tour Starts June 14, 2012

Hope you're dusting off those dancing shoes for the Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns' Tex-Mex Jubilee Tour this summer that kicks off on Thursday. June 14 - Doggie Days - 8 PM Dumas, Texas June 15 - Ralph's Records - 5 PM Lubbock, Texas June 15 - Bash Riprocks Depot - 10 PM Lubbock, Texas June 16 - Golden Light Cantina - 10 PM Amarillo, Texas and more.......see the event page at www.joeking.com

Que Wow! Summer Tour!

Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns will be kicking off their summer shows this Thursday, May 17th at Baby Acapulco on Stonelake Blvd in Austin, TX. Show starts at 7 PM. Then they head for Grapevine, TX on the 18th for the Main Street Days Festival and Corpus Christi, TX on the 19th for the Discover Downtown Festival. This summer is full of shows so keep an eye on the event page at www.joeking.com or on the Crowns Facebook page (see link below). If you wish Joe King Carrasco and The Crowns could play for your next party, contact Davis McLarty at http://www.davismclarty.com/ They would love to come to your town and have a Party Weekend with you!

All shows listed on the event page in the United States will be with the Crowns. Shows in Mexico are with Joe's Puerto Vallarta band.

Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns went back to the studio in January, 2012 and recorded a new CD, Que Wow! which was released on March 14th, 2012 at SXSW. The CD is available at www.joeking.com and for digital downloads on CD Baby and iTunes. You can hear two of the songs from this CD on our Reverbnation page, "Nacho Daddy" a song written in honor of Nacho Daddy Restaurant and Bar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and "Drug Thru The Mud". More exciting news: Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns were inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame during SXSW at the Austin Music Awards. See thier picture on the profile of our Reverbnation site. Joe King Carrasco was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Music Awards in March of 2012. Join the Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns Facebook page and keep up with all of their antics! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-King-Carrasco-and-The-Crowns/164124643649231?ref=ts

Joe, Kris, Brad and Mike will all be looking for you on the dance floor at their next show!