Border Music

The Border Music holdings combine materials from interviews with artists to commercial music recorded locally.  They include materials donated by ethnomusicologists Cathy Ragland, Alejandro Madrid and the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Accumulated over the span of twenty years, the Cathy Ragland Collection contains lengthy artist interviews, live performance field-recordings, and out-of-print albums.  It includes over 150 hours of audio recordings from local, regional, and transnational musicians primarily from the Spanish speaking Mexicano/a community and forms the basis of Ragland’s book, Música Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation Between Nations.   In May 2011, the Border Studies Archive collaborated with the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum (TCMHFM).  BSA staff helped individuals at the TCMHFM organize and catalogue their collection.  At the same time, the TCMHFM donated over 300 records to the Border Studies Archive.  In April 2012, Alejandro Madrid donated dozens of field recordings of music events that he documented and analyzed for his book Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World.

We are proud to have acquired these unique materials under Border Music that range from norteña, orquesta regional, conjunto, and banda music to electronic and techno hybrid genres like nor-tech (norteño-techno) that reflect borderlands cultural formations.


Interviews with Conjunto Musicians

Eva Ybarra – 8:11 minutes Eva Ybarra – 8:11 minutes

Eva Ybarra – 8:11 minutes

Gilberto Perez - 4:37 minutes Gilberto Perez - 4:37 minutes

Gilberto Perez - 4:37 minutes

Guadalupe "Wally" Gonzalez – 5:48 minutes Guadalupe "Wally" Gonzalez – 5:48 minutes

Guadalupe "Wally" Gonzalez – 5:48 minutes

Guadalupe "Lupe" Saenz - 6:28 minutes Guadalupe "Lupe" Saenz - 6:28 minutes

Guadalupe "Lupe" Saenz - 6:28 minutes

"Los Dos Gilbertos" – 4:38 minutes "Los Dos Gilbertos" – 4:38 minutes

"Los Dos Gilbertos" – 4:38 minutes

Joe and Rosa Pérez – 5:55 minutes Joe and Rosa Pérez – 5:55 minutes

Joe and Rosa Pérez – 5:55 minutes

Interviews with Border Musicians

Juan Manuel Barco

Juan Manuel Barco

Musician & Songwriter
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Freddie Martinez, Jr.

Freddie Martinez, Jr.

Freddie Records.
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Rudy Rocha

Rudy Rocha

KXTN Radio Station.
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Javier Patino

Javier Patino

Banda Revelacion.
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