San Antonio’s native sons, The Last Bandoleros, have been earning accolades with their accomplished musicianship and impressive harmonies opening for Sting, The Mavericks, Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakum. The trio lovingly refer to their unique sound – a mix of Rock, Pop and Latin flavor – as “Tex Flex” – also the name of their brand new album due out on June 30, 2022.
The Last Bandoleros’ previous album, “Live from Texas,” soared to #6 on the iTunes album chart directly following their kinetic performance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Now with “Tex Flex,” the band further explores their melodic sound and Latin heritage through a collection of songs brimming with irresistible vocal lines and nylon string counterpoint. In anticipation of its release, The Last Bandoleros have issued two songs from “Tex Flex:” The first, “Maldita” has already been awarded a prestigious Premio Tejano Mundial award for “Crossover Song of the Year” and the second, “California Moon,” a haunting duet with singer/songwriter Hannah Brier, has been steadily garnering radio airplay on tastemaker stations such as Los Angeles’ KCRW and KCSN.
Anchored by a dulcet acoustic guitar rhythm, the inviting “California Moon” – included on “Tex Flex” in both English and Spanglish versions – captures a wistful, nostalgic feeling while vividly evoking an indelible drive down the iconic Sunset Boulevard. Other selections from “Tex Flex” include the bouncy “Every Time We Dance,” the arresting Spanish ballad “Mi Amor,” the romantic Bachata rhythm-driven “Fall in Love Again,” “Somewhere in Texas,” a rolling ode to their stomping grounds and the bilingual, Tejano flavored “Friends Zone.”
The Last Bandoleros (Diego Navaira on vocals/bass, Emilio Navaira on vocals/drums and Jerry Fuentes on vocals/guitar) will be on the road in the US and Europe all summer long supporting the release of “Tex Flex” and opening for Sting, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The BossHoss and Gin Blossoms. A review in loudhailermagazine.com of the group’s recent performance at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater encapsulates The Last Bandoleros’ special “Tex Flex” appeal: ‘The three-piece group infused Spanish culture into their pop-rock sound, and it was an absolute treat to witness.” The album “Tex Flex” comes out June 30, 2022.Visit The Last Bandoleros's website share