Tish Hinojosaadvance sale
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The youngest of 13 children born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, Tish Hinojosa has dedicated her career to playing music from the southwest, starting out in Tejano before moving on to singer/songwriter folk, border music and country.
On this return stop to Godfrey’s stage, Tish brings a new album, titled West. “This album is definitely about renewal,” she says. “Getting back on my feet, regaining my health, and creativity.”
Since returning to Austin, Texas, from a nearly decade-long sojourn in Germany, five years ago, Tish Hinojosa has had to heal, both emotionally and physically from a shattered marriage and a pair of serious surgeries. That rebirth comes through in this classic country-flavored collection, co-produced by longtime collaborators Marvin Dykhuis and Chip Dolan at Fire Station Studios in San Marcos, Texas.
“I’m gonna find me a new song to sing,” declares Tish Hinojosa on the title track of West, the first since 2013’s After the Fair. After a fallow period of four years, Tish was suddenly revitalized, writing a number of new songs, playing them for guitarist Dykhuis and piano/accordionist Dolan, then enlisting the rest of her crack band — fiddler Gene Elders and pedal steel player Marty Muse, who bring that classic country sound, along with bassist Glenn Kawamoto and drummer Rick Richards, to record them.
“Music flows through cracks and scars,” she sings on a tribute to “My Good Guitar,” which tells the story of how Tish repaired a prized acoustic guitar, handmade by noted luthier John Dillon, which she purchased back in 1992. “Though we are weathered, we’ve both pulled through,” read the song’s lyrics, artfully comparing artist and instrument.
Both guitar and owner sound as good as new and vibrant as ever, given the evidence on West, its title song inspired by an epiphany experienced by Tish during a road trip through Tucson, AZ, where she viewed a dazzling sunset followed by the rumbles of an incoming thunderstorm.
The result reminds us that Tish Hinojosa was Americana long before the term took hold, recording her debut 1989 album, Homeland, for the A&M imprint by that very name – Americana – which also boasted folk singer/songwriter/guitarist David Wilcox and Cajun poet Zachary Richard.
Hinojosa’s new originals are at the heart of the collection, from the romantic tribute to the missions in her hometown, on “Church of the Mission Bell”, to channeling Patsy Cline in a bittersweet country shuffle with “Can’t Say It Matters Anymore”, and a bonus co-write with son Adam Hinojosa-Barker, “I Can Be the Wind”, one of two children from her 20-year marriage to entertainment lawyer Craig Barker.
The album includes a few cover songs by Tish’s musical compadres Tim Henderson, Jimmy LaFave, and her good amigo Michael Martin Murphey. Tish originally started out in New Mexico as a back-up singer in Murphey’s band, where he took her under his wing and encouraged the young performer to pursue her singer/songwriter muse.
In addition, Tish turns the Mexican standard “Perfidia,” covered by everyone from Desi Arnaz, Nat King Cole and Charlie Parker to Linda Ronstadt, Freddy Fender and Andrea Bocelli, into a country number, thanks to the plaintive pedal steel, fiddle and accordion.
Tish’s personal style means West has plenty of blood – and raw emotion — on its tracks, and a number of wounds, too, and Tish Hinojosa prefers to dwell on the positive. On the album’s final track, “Color It Blue,” for which she wrote lyrics over music by co-producers Dykhuis and Dolan, she ends on a typical note of uplift. “Lose yourself to the moon,” she declares, still the wanderlust spirit, ready to move forward to the next stage of an already-impressive career.
“This album happened in such an organic, beautiful way,” she declares.
West is a welcome addition to a resume which features releases on A&M, Warner Bros., Rounder, Watermelon and Lone Star, a command performance for President Bill Clinton and Hillary at the White House with Robert Redford, and numerous prestigious honors, including the NAIRD Indie Folk Album of the Year for 1992’s Culture Swing. Tish’s trip continues its long and winding road.
“The journey hasn’t always been easy,” she says. “These are our life’s adventures. Sometimes we hit it good; sometimes we hit it bad.”
On West, Tish Hinojosa has turned that pain to pleasure with music, which allows those scars to gradually fade away. Join us for a rare northeast appearance of Tish in our intimate room, and pick up your own copy of her newest album.
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