The band members Roger Arndt, Ruby Red and Richard Baker are western Canadian musicians and ËœSouthern Exposureâ€™ their newly released CD promotes a genuine heartfelt American/Mexican border sound through both the original and traditional songs chosen for this album. The addition of Kendra Arndtâ€™s vocals and other instrumentalists extend this sound. The music of Doug Sahm, the Texas Tornados, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Elvis, the Mavericks and Los Lobos are all major musical influences of the band. The sound of the banjo, fiddle, and bajo sexto instruments contribute to the overall party atmosphere.
Born in Canada, Roger (a Vietnam veteran), came to this music while stationed in San Antonio, Texas in 1968. Born in Britain, Ruby is the alter ego of Susan Hillman, a retired visual arts professor who discovered both new and traditional bluegrass music first hand in the southern US in 1974. Richard, ex- guitarist of ËœBlue Northernâ€™ and ËœDoug and the Slugsâ€™, was naturally attracted by what he refers to as the Ëœfromageâ€™ aspect of ËœThe Texicanosâ€™. Roger and Richard also play in the Vancouver mariachi band ËœEl Mariachi Romantico Internacionalâ€™.
1. If You Were Not Born in Texas
3. It Feels Like Forever
4. Heartaches Over Ice
5. Mexico...Whatcha Doin' To Me?
6. Feelin' Kinda Lonely Tonight
7. Do You Wanna Boogie Woogie?
8. Hestia's Waltz
9. Rancho Grande
11. Dark Days
12. Ghost Riders in the Sky