Talkin' Blues: Tennessee Tejano — Grady Martin and “El Paso”
These videos are bonus content related to the January 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
Viewers of the series finale of the hit TV drama Breaking Bad may have recognized Marty Robbins’ haunting ballad “El Paso” running through the soundtrack.
The song describes a parallel tale of doomed obsession on the wild southwest border, but it is the evocative melodies of guitarist Grady Martin—rather than television cameras—that establish the location and mood.
In its diversity of influences, “El Paso” is as American as they come. Its three-beat waltz rhythm was introduced, along with the two-beat polka, to Mexico and south Texas by 19th century German, Polish and Czech immigrants. Adapted to Spanish guitars by Mexican troubadours, the various rhythms, melodies and lyric themes blended into the border-straddling style known as Tejano, or Tex-Mex, the ideal musical setting for “El Paso.”
Get our Free Newsletter Here!
You Might Also Like...
With 'Workingman’s Dead,' the Grateful Dead Shifted from Uncommercial Jam Band to One of the World's Most Popular Acts21 hours 10 sec ago
21 hours 1 min ago
Pettyjohn Electronics Announces the PettyDrive Deluxe, a Studio-Grade Dual-Channel Analog Overdrive Pedal — Demo Video3 days 18 hours ago
3 days 19 hours ago
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash and More Play "The Star-Spangled Banner" — Video3 days 20 hours ago
3 days 20 hours ago
3 days 22 hours ago