Tejano artist ‘Little Joe’ Hernandez, 2019 Texas State Musician, is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning performer and humanitarian. Little Joe launched his career in 1955 in Temple with the formation of the band initially known as Little Joe and the Latinaires. Later transitioning to the name Little Joe y La Familia, the band established a genre-blending sound that united elements of Latin, norte√±o, blues, jazz, country, and rock-and-roll music. During the 1970s, Little Joe y La Familia lead the Onda Chicana (Chicano Wave), a movement that melted ranchero and jait√≥n sounds to create a Tejano orquestra genre. His 1972 album Para La Gente included what would be his most beloved tune, ‘Las Nubes,’ a track that detailed the Chicano experience of migrant farm work. Joe has been hailed as ‘King of the Brown Sound’ for his musical innovations in the Tejano genre. Little Joe continues to tour nationwide, showcasing new and past musical arrangements to audiences as generationally expansive as his music.

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Criselda Cruz

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Temple TX

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