While Maria the Mexican is headlined by sisters Maria Elena Cuevas and Teresa (Tess) Cuevas, the band is named after their grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a pioneer in Mariachi who, in the ’70s, founded Mariachi Estrella, one of the first all-female Mariachi bands in the U.S. Today, the band’s sound has morphed into a self-described Mexicana/Americana/indie blues rock/funk/soul fusion. With songs in English and Spanish, the band mixes rock instrumentation with traditional Mexican stringed instruments: drums, bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitar, congas and percussion, trumpet, and keyboards. The group is at work on a new album to follow “Moon Colored Jade” (2013) and “South of the Border Moonlight” (2016).
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