San Antonio band nominated for second Grammy Award

December 7, 2018

Los Texmaniacs, Max Baca’s critically acclaimed, genre-busting conjunto, are in the running for their second Grammy Award.

The band’s 2018 album “Cruzando Borders” has been nominated for best regional Mexican music album (including Tejano).

Grammy nominations were announced Friday morning.

Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy in 2010 for best Tejano album for “Borders y Bailes.”

The stand-alone Tejano award was eliminated two years later, and the category was combined with the regional Mexican category, which made it much harder for Texas acts to secure a nomination. Since 2012, only two others have competed for the award, Intocable and Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle. Neither won.

The songs on “Cruzando Borders,” such as “Mexican American,” “I Am a Mexican” (sung by Rick Trevino) and Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee,” delve into lives on both sides of the Texas-Mexican border, immigration and identity.

“We needed a good concept and … started thinking about this border thing,” Baca told staff writer Andrew Dansby in June. “It felt like a good time for it, even though I don’t like to get too political. That can get you in trouble. But this music has taken me all over the world to play for all kinds of people. There’s a lot of meaning in this idea of crossing borders; much of the meaning is musical.”

Also nominated in the best regional Mexican category are: Angela Aguilar, “Primero Soy Mexicana”; Calibre 50, “Mitad y Mitad”; Aida Cuevas, “Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II”; Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez, “Leyendes De Mi Pueblo”; and Luis Miguel, “¡México Por Siempre!”

The 61st Grammy Awards ceremony will be broadcast Feb. 10 on CBS.

Jim Kiest is the arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jkiest@express-news.net | Twitter: @jimik64

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