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Rising Stars: Meet The Tex-Tones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Macias.

Hi Henry, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
About 16 years ago, while playing bass guitar in a local Tejano/Conjunto Band, I was introduced, through a mutual friend to the now co-founder David Herrera (accordionist from Poteet, TX). Our conversations quickly escalated to the discovery of our common love of all things that revolve around Texas Music, and we decided we needed to create our own blend.

Not long after this time, we met our Hermano, James Pardo (Guitar/Bajo Sexto/Vocals from San Antonio, TX), who was working as a singer/songwriter.

The collaboration with him was seamless, he brought a unique sound and truly embraced the music we were working on. As the three of us continued our own musical journey, the idea behind the Tex-Tones was always in the back of our minds.

Through the musical connections made during this journey, we were able to round out our band of brothers to include Feno Rodriguez (Lead Guitar from Sabinal, TX), Jason Elizondo (Drums from San Antonio, TX), and George DeRocher (Trumpet/Keyboard from San Antonio, TX). The Tex-Tones have been established in 2017, sharing our fondness of South Texas culture and heritage through our love of music.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, yes it has been a smooth road. Of course, with anything, there are always challenges and like everyone, 2020 took a toll on us, just as we felt the momentum rising.

We did take a temporary hiatus during that time and found ourselves finally back on stage in November 2021. We are continuing to fill our calendar and look forward to anytime we can perform together.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Hailing from South Texas, the Tex-Tones ignite their audiences with a unique blend of Tex-Mex groove and Cosmic Cowboy’s sonancy. Their sound is reminiscent of Willie’s 4th of July picnic juxtaposed to a Poteet Tejano Strawberry Festival. While their influences are far-reaching, their aim is simple South Texas sazon!

-Joe Rocha KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

What matters most to you? Why?
That we stay true to ourselves. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel… but simply creating music that mirrors our lives growing up in south Texas. San Antonio and the surrounding areas are such a unique melting pot of musical genres that almost anything goes. I believe our music is a reflection of the soundtrack to our lives and being able to create and share that is the best part.

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