Back in the 80s, Jesse y Beto Duran y Los Aguilillas had a massive hit with El Soltero Apasionado, a waltz that took them all over Texas and was frequently requested (and graciously played) multiple times per show. With various rhythm sections, Jesse and Beto played together for 45 years before retiring 7 years ago due to health issues.
With Beto on bajo sexto and first voice, and Jesse on accordion and second voice, their smooth harmonic sound is reminiscent of Ramon Ayala. And to be perfectly honest, Soltero is probably one of the better drinking songs I’ve heard in while. Put it on repeat, open a Bud Light and dale shine!
We were lucky enough to catch their first serious rehearsal in 7 years last weekend, and they still sounded fantastic. They will be playing their very special final farewell performance at the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival here in Austin on Saturday February 4th! Don’t miss it.
Here’s what we played on this show, in addition to the interview
Mi Dia De Suerte
Canto A Mi Madre
Los Recuerdos De Mi Padre
El Soltero Apasionado
El Cielo Nublado
El Mundo Es Mio
El Pajaro Negro
Espejo De Cantina