Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tish Hinojosa - The Westside of Town

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Tish Hinojosa

Leticia ("Tish") Hinojosa (born December 6, 1955 San Antonio, Texas) is a folksinger recording in both Spanish and English. Hinojosa was the youngest of 13 children. Hinojosa's parents were Mexican immigrants, and she soaked up their music as well as the area's country sounds and popular rock and roll. She started playing guitar as a teenager, singing folk and pop songs in local clubs. She also sang commercial jingles for a Spanish-language radio station and recorded a few Latin pop songs for a local label. In 1979, she moved to Taos, NM, and eventually landed a job singing backup with Michael Martin Murphey. In 1983, she relocated to Nashville and tried to make it as a singer and/or songwriter, but found that she didn't fit the mold of what record companies wanted. In 1985, she moved back to Taos, and in 1988, she moved to Austin, TX. In 2007 she married Andreas Sedlmair and the couple maintains homes in his native Germany and Austin.

Her 1992 album Culture Swing, released by Rounder Records, won the NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year.

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