Texas has always been a hotbed of country music - from Western swing bands such as Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys to seasoned songwriter Willie Nelson. From this rich musical milieu comes a lesser known talented songwriter in Geronimo Trevino III. Trevino's Lone Star roots reveal themselves throughout the dozen tracks.
And, it's not surprising that the talented troubadour also pays homage to two of the state's greats - the aforementioned Wills and Nelson. The disc closes with a modern reworking of "Maiden's Prayer" - one of Wills most famous fiddle numbers. Nelson's songwriting talent is acknowledged through Trevino's take on "I'm Still Not Over You." The highlight is the Mike Blakely Tejano song "Mira Las Palomas" where Johnny Rodriguez duets with Trevino on a beautiful countrified ballad. Other highlights include the rambling "Land of the Navajo" - a song originally recorded for a Native American tribute album 10 years ago. Country legends Buddy Emmons, John Willis and the late Roy Husky Jr. contribute to this track's accomplished playing. The tightness of Trevino's band honed from 15 years of playing the dance hall circuit in Texas shows, creating a well crafted and compelling listen. (16234 Deer Pass, San Antonio, TX 78232, 210-496-3254)