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Every inch of Joss Favela's Sinaloa-based, sombrero-shrouded "El Tiny" concert invokes the musical lineage of Mexican Regional music. Mixing soulful vocals with twangy guitars and a classic accordion, he opens with a sweet rendition of a genre staple, love ballad "Pienso en Tí." Next, he dips into a heartfelt, piano-driven version of a song he wrote for his sister "La Mejor Versión de Mi." Taking a beat between the tracks, he invites us to partake in the legacy of generations of caballeros that preceded him. "Yo soy de un rancho que se llama Caitime, Sinaloa, Mexico y con esta música crecimos," he says, "esta música vivimos, y nos gusta porque son nuestras raíces, nuestra cultura, nuestra gente. (I'm from a ranch town called Caitime, Sinaloa, Mexico and we grew up with this music, we live this music and we like it because it's our roots, our culture, our people.)"
After moving through an upbeat performance of "El Alumno," Kinky bassist Cesar Pliego Villarreal joins the ranchero ensemble. The Monterrey native uses his bass to infuse a different Mexican tradition on three more classic Regional tracks: "Me Vas a Extrañar," "Bonita" and "Cuando Fuimos Nada."
As torch-bearers of a complex and beloved sonic tradition, one can imagine there are moments for Mexican Regional stars where preservation precedes performance. At the end of his Tiny Desk, the caballero pauses and allows sweet accordion sounds carrying souls of the past to fill the space.
"Muchas gracias Tiny Desk," Favela says, "por llevar nuestra música regional a tantos lugares y tantos corazones. (Thank you very much Tiny Desk for taking our regional music to so many places, and so many hearts.)"
- "Pienso en Ti"
- "La Mejor Versión de Mi"
- "El Alumno"
- "Me Vas a Extrañar"
- "Cuando Fuimos Nada"
- Joss Favela: vocals, guitar
- Cesar Pliego Villarreal: bajo quinto
- Daniel Valenzuela León: accordion, bass
- Gustavo A. Cota: piano, bass
- Rafa Sixx: drums
- Video: Julián García, Patricio Carvente, David Padilla
- Audio: Ricardo Orrantia
TINY DESK TEAM
- Producer: Anamaria Sayre
- Video Producer: Kara Frame
- Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
- Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Maia Stern, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
- Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
- Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann