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The Hometown Boys

One of the most celebrated Tejano/conjunto groups of their era, the Hometown Boys started out as a family band and went on to become one of most popular conjunto acts in the Southwest, despite a sad history of personal loss. Based in Lubbock, Texas, the Hometown Boys' story began in the '50s, when Roman Martinez, Sr., a talented bajo sexto player, married his girlfriend Maria Dolores, who was also his bandmate in a popular local group, Madrugadores del Valle. As the Martinez family grew, Roman and Maria discovered their children were also gifted musicians, and in time the parents and their six children formed a band, el Grupo Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez. The group had an eclectic style, capable of playing traditional acoustic music or an updated version dominated by electric instruments depending on the demands of the audience, and eventually their music evolved into a distinctive brand of conjunto. In 1990, after several siblings left the band, el Grupo Internacional was reworked into the Hometown Boys, featuring Roman Martinez, Sr. on bajo sexto, Ricky Martinez on bass guitar and lead vocals, Joe Martinez on accordion and backing vocals, Jesse Martinez on drums, and Roman Martinez, Jr. on percussion and live sound. Within a year of forming, the Hometown Boys had become popular enough to land a record deal with EMI Music, and their debut album, El Poder de una Mujer, appeared in 1991. After five successful albums for EMI, the Hometown Boys struck a new deal with Fonovisa; their first album for the label was 1995's Luces de Nueva York, and their second, Mire Amigo, went gold after only a week in release, solidifying their reputation as one of conjunto's most popular acts. In 1996, the Hometown Boys had the honor of being the first Hispanic act inducted into the Lubbock Music Walk of Fame, and in 1997, the tune "Joe's Special 10" was named Best Instrumental at the 1997 Tejano Music Awards. However, 1997 also saw Roman Martinez, Jr. die unexpectedly at the age of 45. Joe Martinez suffered a heart attack not long after Roman, Jr.'s death, and he died after a performance in January 1998, only 34 years old. In 2002, an aneurysm claimed Jesse Martinez's life, also at age 34. Maria Dolores Martinez, the group's matriarch, succumbed to lingering illness in 2007. That same year, Ricky Martinez also passed after a period of ill health. Despite struggling with tragedy after tragedy, Roman Martinez, Sr. kept the group together, still playing bajo sexto and recruiting other family members and likeminded musicians to keep the lineup together. The group continued to enjoy the support of their fans in the Lone Star State, who nicknamed the group "the Homies." The band's lineup in 2017 included Elias Aredondo as lead singer, Rosalinda Martinez and Marky Lee Riojas as backing vocalists, Anthony Trevinio on accordion, Bobby Martinez on bass, and Ruben Rodriguez on drums, as well as Roman Martinez, Sr. As always, the Hometown Boys maintained a busy recording and performing schedule, and in 2017 they issued a concert album, Un Grito! Live, Vol. 1. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Manteniendo La Promesa

1. Perdida En Tus Suenos

2. Buscando Un Carino

3. El Amor Prohibido

4. Rumores

5. No Puedo Olvidarte

6. Buscame

7. Dicen Que Te Vieron

8. Morenita De Ojos Negros

9. La Vecina

10. Big Show Special #3

11. La Mujer Que Tanto Ame

12. Ando Que Me Lleva La Tristeza

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Track List: Mi Ranchito

1. Amorcito Consentido

2. Indita Mia

3. Amor Chiquito

6. Amor Bonito

7. Mi Ranchito

8. Chito Cano

9. Tapame

10. Joe's Special

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THE BEST OF THE BEST MUSIC TO THE HEART... LOVE IT ALL LA WERA
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How do look for a special song
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It. Doesn't. Get. Any. Better. Ponle. Bro. Laredo. Tx. Jes
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I love the Los Garcia.
Brother and my husband like ther song loss him 2013 s tells vallejos de gar ia







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♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Am from Mexico City and I loved Tejano since 1979 wow! makes me wanna run back to the valley!
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Missing orange grove Texas And family. Here in mi
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ESO! Que se oiga el GRITO
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single1012
Un gritoooooooo o . . . . . brings me back to the Rio Grande Valley....
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fee7215
Makes me get another beer.... Salinas... Her own !!! Eddy
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Danced to this since I was 15yrs old and still going
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Los teddybears de west tx papa eso gritoooo...b o r n n raised in the hub city...wow my dad chilled con los originales en el longhorn ....man grew up on this music...
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LLEGUA !!!!
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Go homies
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Yes!
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Echale mi homies!!! Puro tejano!!?
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Zapatellale
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Good job
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pauline.rang e l
Ricky passed away a few years ago. He is dearly missed as well as Jesse Martinez.
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What happened with all the home town boys music with Ricky Martinez? ???????????? ? ? ?
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kandyayala46
Very good group. I love dancing to their music.
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Songs to dance to
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gilberthinoj o s a l
I took my (12) year old son to watch them in Pharr, Tx right before Christmas. He's been learning how to play the accordion. Anthony Trevinio (Accordionis t ) saw him videotaping them and invited my son on stage. Changed his life... Thank you Hometown boys
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The Hometown Boys from Lubbock , Texas
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I know they have new songs where are they?
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They are one of my best groups the hometown boys!
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Pandora..... a d d some of their older albums on here!!!!!!!! :)
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They r one of the best groups
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Puro Tejas!!! Me encanta!!!
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Viva!! San Anto!! El Tejano.....
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I remembre Being woken up by my mom on Sunday mornings with the hometown boys blasting!!! I've been a hometown boys fan since a youngin!!! I love this band!!! I've seen then in concert twice!!! I'm a full blooded, homegrown Tejano!!!
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byusoftball
The hometown boys are originally from Lubbock Tx, u can find their music everywhere even on facebook. I know the band members now they put on one hell of a show
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My hats off to this new hometown boys but just like the saying goes often imitated but never duplicated r.i.p original hometown boys
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Pandora needs to put more hometown boys cds ! This one they got on here suxxx
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Puro Homies!
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the hometown boys are a bad a$$ band
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astrodan7
Pura accordion!
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BAD A** BAND!!!!!!!! ! !
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tony1950
i love their music it's so tejano
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they r call the texas home town boys
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yes the hometown boys are from lubbock!!!!
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I heard last that The HomeTown Boys are from Lubock, Texas
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Looking for the tejano band "The Hometown Boys" (originally from Lubbock, then San Antonio), can find them elsewhere but not here!! Let us get the hookup!!
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You can find them on Slacker but haven't been able to find them here..
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I'm looking for "The HomeTown Boys" originally from San Antonio, Texas Group "The HomeTown Boys" play Tejano music. I can't seem to find any listing on them. Can anyone help?
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Group "The HomeTown Boys" play Tejano music. I can't seem to find any listing on them. Can anyone help?
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I'm looking for "The HomeTown Boys" originally from San Antonio, Texas

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