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Hinojosa conquers all styles

Club Passim, March 15, 2000

By Jeffrey B. Remz

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Tish Hinojosa is not to be easily pigeon-holed musically. The San Antonio native is known for singing country, Spanish and folks songs.

She has recorded for major labels, like Warner, during her decidedly country days in the '80's, and smaller outfits, like her brand new album, "Sign of Truth," on Rounder.

And as she demonstrated at the premier coffee house in New England, Hinojosa is adept at all styles.

Hinojosa emphasized different phases of her career with her soft, sweet-sounding voice leading the way. While some could accuse her of genre hopping and label that a detriment, in Hinojosa's case, each style seemed heartfelt.

She closed the 80-plus minute show with a country-oriented travelling song, "Taos to Tennessee," the title track of her self-released debut in 1987. Like everything else played during the evening, there was no a weak song.

The Spanish songs, like "Azul Cristal," were particularly pretty sounding.

Hinojosa was ably backed by guitarist Martin Dykhuis and pianist Chip Dolan with each providing meat to the songs. Dykhuis demonstrated his guitar wherewithal on the regular set's closer, "God's Own Open Road." Dolan also showed his abilities on accordion on "Whisper Goodbye," a very soothing song.

That about describes an evening with Hinojosa.Soothing vocally and musically and a warm evening no matter what the style of music.

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