Tortilla Western Serenade

by Tara Linda

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Put your boots on and get ready for the Muses, Dust Devils and Demons of Tara Linda’s desert world.

The digipak CD comes with a special booklet of inspired stories and artwork for each song.

Tortilla Western Serenade is getting rave reviews & radio airplay on over 250 stations in 15 countries from the Netherlands to Argentina. Album charted at #12 on the Roots Music Report; # 17 on the Euro-Americana and #16 on Freeform American Roots Radio Airplay charts.

This roots music, influenced by the land and stories of the American Southwest, blends Spaghetti Western, Tex-Mex, and rock. Wayward and whipsmart, the album offers both musical depth and whimsy.

“My new CD celebrates a journey that began with one desert-inspired song (Dream out Loud), and took me from California across Arizona and into Texas. I let the tumbleweeds and dust devils take me, across vistas, ghost towns, and Spanish Missions.

This album embraces the Southwest in stories and reflects my roots growing up in both Texas and Arizona; the landscape, people, cultures, and music- including traditional conjunto music of South Texas. These traditional song forms- the ranchera, waltz, bolero, cumbia, and haupango- are natural textures in the Western landscape.”

Wildwest visitors to her journey were a sassy Muse with a do-or-die challenge to a showdown (Muse's Duel), and Teresita de Cabora on her train ride escape from Mexico (Teresita). More universal themes were natural disasters- including love (¿Donde Estabas?), and a song to welcome soldiers home (Soldier's Homecoming).

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released May 23, 2010

Produced by Max Baca, Craig Schumacher (Devotchka Neko Case) & Tara Linda.

Recorded mainly at WAVELAB (Tucson AZ) & Grammy-winning BLUE CAT (San Antonio TX) studios

Musicians: Legendary, multiple Grammy winner Flaco Jimenez on Accordion;
2010 Grammy winner Max Baca (Bajo Sexto) of Los Texmaniacs;
Al Gomez (Trumpet) of the West Side Horns;
Tara Linda (Accordion, Vocals, guitar, pan flute, percussion); Az Samad (Guitar); Sean Rogers (Bass); Rafael Herrera (drums/percussion); Rene Garcia (Trombone); Michael Ramos (Drums, Keyboard); Carlos Rosas (Violin); Henry Gomez (Vihuela); Pedro Hernandez (Guitarron); David Gonzales (guitar); Gabriel Zavala (Bass); and Grammy winner Bobby Flores (Steel Guitar, Violin, Viola).

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Track Name: Virtual Love Disaster ~Donde Estabas?
?Donde Estabas? Where where you?!
When the cable snapped and the bridge collapsed ?
Track Name: Soldier's Homecoming
Soldier's Homecoming
(Open arms are here when you return)

"Laughter- on our road trip cross country
Beauty- from Carolina to Monterrey.
Oh, you were impressed
with my thrift store dress
& how I laughed at all your jokes.
Now… I keep your gift so close.

On a road trip you stole my heart.
Gettin’ lost was my favorite part
No rush to be anywhere but here.

On one journey we made our way.
Another journey put you far from home
[But] open arms are here
--when you return.

Valor- is a virtue that’s elusive
Honor- when you stand in uniform.
There’s no word for all the courage
That is coursing through your veins.
And we wait for our heroes to come home.

On the day you flew away
All the things we couldn’t say
I now pray and sing everyday.

On one journey you took a turn
Another journey took you far from home.
Open arms are here when you return.

Solo. (Flaco Jimenez- accordion)

Knowing- that our worlds are now
so different.
Accepting- this space for what it is.
I treasure the notes you send my way
And I hinge on every word;
& the picture of my Hero~ coming home.

Mountain islands & desert seas
Fighting unseen enemies
Words can’t tell the depth of your sacrifice.

Counting days is like counting stars
Till you come home I’ll count every one!
Open arms are here, when you return.
Yes Open arms are here when you return."