B40

In-studio sessions from the Back 40 of the TPR offices featuring audio, video, and interviews with the performers. Enjoy the diverse sounds of South Texas!

Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

The Time Enders’ performance is so impressively dead-on to folk music produced in the ‘50s and ‘60s that you might wonder where they parked the time machine. Channeling the lyrical simplicity of cowboy songs and the mellower side of life, Nicholas Spyker and Orlando Gonzales create a timeless sound. Their set captured a moment in the early ‘60s where songs radiated an ethereal beauty and blossomed into the flower-power movement.

 

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"You want to jam?" was the first message that guitarist Nehemiah “Nemo” Alvarado sent to Kassandra “Kass” Ayala. He discovered her profile on bandmix.com, an online network for connecting local musicians and bands, and immediately knew he had to reach out. Kass remembered being a little freaked out by his message at first, “because his profile didn’t have any photos or recordings. I said ‘yes’ because I didn't have anything else to do.”

Nathan Cone / TPR

Some plane rides seem like they will never end. Especially if the plane ride simultaneously marks the end of one life chapter and the uncertain start of another. On his long plane ride from Las Vegas back to Texas in 2014, Logan Woodyard spent the entirety of his flight trying to figure out what he was going to do, musically, for the next year of his life. Armed with a vague idea of what he wanted, the first thing Logan did ­­once his plane landed was find Stephanie Cardona – his decision seemed like something the male lead of a romantic comedy would do.

Elisa Gonzales

Twenty years ago, Max Baca built upon his experience playing traditional conjunto music and the rock 'n' roll crossover sound of the Texas Tornados, and formed Los Texmaniacs, a conjunto group equally at home playing rock, schottisches, cumbias, and ballads. Baca, a master of the bajo sexto, plays in the group with Noel Hernández (bass), Lorenzo Martinez (drums), and Baca’s nephew Josh on accordion.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Back in 1962, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was formed in San Antonio to carry on the mantle of traditional jazz in the style of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, and other early stars of the jazz era. The group’s success led to the establishment of The Landing, and the long-running public radio program “Riverwalk Jazz.” And while Jim Cullum remains a fixture on the San Antonio scene, there’s now a second band of young cats playing hot jazz in San Antonio, and with Cullum’s blessing.

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