El Tule is an Austin-based cumbia/salsa hybrid group who have been a regular around Austin’s Latin clubs and festivals for several years now. The band takes its name from El Árbol del Tule, a world-famous tree in Oaxaca, Mexico, where lead vocalist/guitarist John Dell and his wife (and El Tule bassist) Tracy Chavez Dell spent part of their honeymoon. The Oaxacan tree is one of the oldest in the world and has the second-strongest trunk of any tree on Earth.
Much like the tree, the band El Tule has a strong foundation and unflappable nature. The band’s members hail from all parts of North America, including Veracruz, Mexico, and various border towns in Texas and New Mexico. Aside from danceable rhythms, the first thing many will notice about El Tule is that most of the band’s members are not Latino. But because of their upbringings in large Latino populations, the members of El Tule feel drawn to create Latin music. It’s what inspires them.
In this video interview, we meet three of the members of El Tule, including John Dell, Bobby Baca and Fernando Flores, to get the story behind the band and their recently released second album, Volumen II.
Be sure to catch El Tule on December 19 at the first Austin Vida showcase with Maneja Beto, DJ Chorizo Funk and Este Vato at Beauty Bar. You can also watch the video on YouTube here. For more on El Tule, visit them online at www.myspace.com/eltule