On Friday, April 12, Tejano Ranch welcomes back Rio Grande City’s Sólido, along with Grupo Vidal from Kingsville. Sólido and Vidal are often categorized with other groups like Duelo, Siggno, and Intocable, all of whom play a style that some call “Texas Norteño,” borrowing from both Tejano and Norteño, which are related, but still quite different.
Sólido describes their sound as “romantic and melodic, ideal for dancing and singing,” and has remained popular and productive since the group’s nearly overnight rise to fame after signing with Freddie Records in the early 2000s. Their discography includes the albums Hasta La Cima Del Cielo, Nadie Como Tu (which won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album), Por Ti, Vuelve, En Vivo Contigo, Nuestro Amor, Cuidado, Que Importa, and their latest album, Te Va A Doler.
Also joining them onstage is Grupo Vidal, which is essentially a family band. While counting Conjunto masters like Tony De La Rosa (no surprise, being from Kingsville) and Conjunto Bernal as influences, along with Intocable, Vidal has crafted a smooth sound that matches well with the strong voice of lead singer Javier Vidal. There are some great harmonies on several of their recordings as well.
Long story short: It’s a good night for anyone who loves Ramón Ayala, and the faster and slightly different flavor of Norteño.
Tejano Ranch is located at 7601 North Lamar, just south of Highway 183 in north Austin. The doors open at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $8 before 9 p.m, and $10 cover after 9 p.m. 18+ are welcome. Visit the event page on Facebook here.