Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues and Latin-tinged polkas. With over 23 albums to his name, Joe went back to the studio with Grammy nominated and multi-award winner producer, Rick Del Castillo, in 2015 and recorded ‘Chiliando’, a quintessential album packed full of Tex-Mex infused roots rock and blues.
In his late teens, he was often lured to the beaches in Southern Mexico and was drawn to the Mexican music. Back in Texas he joined up with future members of the Texas Tornados and formed a band known as Joe King Carrasco & El Molino and in 1978 released his 1st LP titled “Tex-Mex Rock & Roll”. Somehow this record made its way to England and was re-released by Big Beat Records.
In 2003, Joe King Carrasco was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and in 2012 Joe was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame for a second time with his band The Crowns. The Academy of Texas Music awarded Joe King Carrasco a Lifetime Achievement Award in March of 2012, and he gave them a taste of his endless energy when he played as the closing act at the award ceremonies running through the audience only to end up back on stage taking a leap from the 4 foot drum rise while still playing his guitar. In March of 2013, Joe was honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award by the Academy of Texas Music.
Joe King Carrasco continues to tour and record. In his spare time you can find him exploring the twisty Mexican back roads from Coahuila all the way to Chiapas, chasing down good inspirations for another Tex-Mex song and looking for the perfect desolate beach to hang out with his dogs.
Agency Kim Galusha
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