In 1993, Ricky Naranjo began playing the drums for his father, Ruben Naranjo. He soon found himself booking gigs for Ruben Naranjo y Los Gamblers, and managing the band as well. Upon the passing of his father in 1998, many fans began to ask Ricky not if he was going to continue the band, but when. Ricky found himself in a tough position and decided that continuing the group was what his father would have wanted him to do. Thus Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers began.
It’s another exclusive for The AC Cruz Podcast con El Grupo Control! Sergio, his daughter Jennifer & the rest of the band chat new music, collaborations, and K-Pop a whole new vibe for Control often referred to as “Los Reyes de la Cumbia” with hits like Tú No Me lo Das, Cumbia Con la Luna, El Tao Tao and so many more to mention. Join us as we go behind the scenes and Behind the Mic with Control.
Ruben Ramos, known as “El Gato Negro,” Grammy/Tejano Music Award winner, who recently celebrated his 80th Birthday, sat down to chat with AC about his health, career, and future projects, like his very first Live CD (coming out very soon) working on the highly anticipated movie “On American Soil” this and much more, as we go “Behind the Mic” with the legendary Ruben Ramos. (Original post from Feb. 23, 2020).
The incomparable Elida Reyna. Aside from winning Tejano Music Awards, a Latin Grammy, Elida sits down and chats with AC about everything from a new Lip Line called “Colores by Elida” in her banquet hall in her hometown of Mercedes, Texas, not to mention her new music, all this and more on this episode. (Original post on May 4, 2019)
The legal dispute over royalties has made headlines. You may not know the name but you know the voice. Mario Marichalar, the former lead vocalist and bajo player for Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte, goes Behind The Mic and shares his side of the story of the disagreement in an exclusive interview with the AC Cruz podcast. (Original post-Dec. 13, 2020)
Stefani Montiel, this Grammy nominee, Tejano Music Award winner. Has toured across the U.S., Alaska not to mention Korea, Japan, Guam, and Monterrey Mex., from Florida to Washington State but Texas is where her heart is. Get ready to go Behind the Mic with the one and only Stefani Montiel. (Original post July 26, 2020)
He’s the most energetic accordionist in the genre. Three-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Male Entertainer at the Tejano Music Awards, Tejano Music Hall of Famer, and the list goes on. He chats briefly about his career, his ups and downs starting with his dear friend Eddie Gonzalez and then with former bandmates Grupo Vida, and the repercussions of touring with the Dixie Chicks, new music, and new tours for 2023. This and so much more as we go Behind the Mic with Sunny Sauseda.
Aisha is an emerging artist in Tejano music, the San Antonio singer began her career as a backup vocalist for Stephanie Lynn, and Oscar G, among others, and is currently with Ram Herrera’s Outlaw Band. She launched a solo career with her debut album, “Mi Vida En Cancion,” in 2018, which earned her a Tejano Music Awards nomination for Best New Female Artist. She chats with AC about her life, music, reaction to a recent radio interview, and so much more on this episode of The AC Cruz Podcast.
Behind the Mic with Art Tigerina, originally from Bryan-College Station, Texas, he’s an energetic and soulful vocalist who has entertained thousands in a span of over two decades. Tigerina remembers his first musical influences coming from his dad, Trinidad Tigerina, and brothers who were always in bands and playing music. He shares details on new music with the Art Tigerina Band to the Jukebox Preachers. Oh yeah and his love for cars! This and so much more on this episode of The AC Cruz Podcast.