Diego Navaira: Tex-Flex Thump

Diego Navaira's penchant for fat-toned, land-locked bass lines with a melodic flair is the foundation of his band the Last Bandoleros

Diego Navaira: Tex-Flex Thump

Diego Navaira's penchant for fat-toned, land-locked bass lines with a melodic flair is the foundation of his band the Last Bandoleros

It’s not often that a band creates a vital, crackling new sound while being so deeply rooted in tradition, but that’s exactly what the San Antonio three-piece the Last Bandoleros has accomplished with its signature “Tex-Flex” style, which they describe as a blend of Tex-Mex and Latin music with modern sonics. You can add in a healthy dose of Beatles and Eagles-style tight vocal melodies, and some bar-shaking Texas rock and blues. Grounding the unit, recently heralded by Rolling Stone as “the most important new Country band,” is bassist Diego Navaira, whose penchant for fat-toned, land-locked bass lines with a melodic flair is the foundation of all things Tex-Flex. Also sharing lead vocal duties, he joins his brother Emilio on drums and vocals, and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Fuentes. “Mas Dinero”: Diego, the son of the late Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira, grew up playing in his father’s band from the age of
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Chris Jisi   By: Chris Jisi