Joe King Carrasco

Releases: Tlaquepaque (2013), Que Wow(2012), Chalupa’s Choice Gran Exitos (2011), Danceteria Deluxe (2011), Live at Dixies (2011), Pink Chance (2011), Concierto Para Los Perros (2011), Tattoo Laredo (2011), Vamos A Get Down (2011), El Rey (2008), Rancho No Tengo (2007), Hay Te Guacho Cucaracho (2002), Hot Sun (1999), Anthology (1995), Dia De Los Muertos (1993), Royal Loyal & Live (1990), Bandido Rock (1987), Bordertown (1985), Party Weekend (1983), Synapse Gap (1982), Party Safari (1981), Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns (1981), Tales of the Crypt (1979), Mezcal Road (1978),
Years at MusicFest: MusicFest 2018 Debut Artist

Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues, and Latin-tinged polkas. Born in a little west Texas town, Carrasco began his career at a young age playing in garage bands. In the late ‘70s, he joined up with future members of the Texas Tornados and formed a band known as Joe King Carrasco & El Molino. He later formed his group The Crowns which featured Vox organ-driven Tex-Mex pop. During this time Joe toured extensively throughout Europe, North & Central America, Bolivia and Colombia. While traveling with a British-born Jamaican band called The Equators, Joe picked up much of his reggae influence. His music was enhanced with an even greater Latin influence after living in Nicaragua in the mid 1980’s. With a mystical combination of Latino and Caribbean influences, Joe developed his unique, slow cool cumbia-reggae groove that he has termed “Tequila Reggae”.  Since then, his songs have been recorded by artists such as the Texas Tornados and his music has been used on numerous movie soundtracks. In 2003, Carrasco was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was inducted for a second time with his band The Crowns. The Academy of Texas Music awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  Down in Mexico, Carrasco was voted best lead guitar in Puente Perula, Jalisco. In 2013, he was honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award by the Academy of Texas Music. With over 24 albums to his name, Carrasco now spends his spare time writing music and searching for the perfect desolate beach to hang out with his beloved dogs.  He can often be found exploring the twisty back roads from Coahuila all the way to Chiapas, chasing down good inspiration for another Tex-Mex song. Catch him at a rare MusicFest performance as a member of Shawn Sahm’s MF Project.

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