In the 70s, one of the most unique Texas bands emerged on the music scene: Tortilla Factory
The Texas Chicano music scene is a true American Art Form born and developed in Texas. The Texas music scene is renown for its country roots, rhythm and blues field, jazz and its rock and roll genres. The Texas Chicano music scene has produced its distinctive artists, big stars like Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners, Sam the Sham, and the unforgettable Trini Lopez. Little Joe and La Familia is a Texas Icon among the many Texas Chicano groups.
Tortilla Factory is one of those Texas groups that are known for it’s legendary status since it’s inception on June 1973. Tortilla Factory maintained a musical status like no other band in their field because of its unique sound and style. The band distinguished itself for having the best musicians in the genre. They have the status of being called the top Texas Chicano band because of its high caliber musicianship.
Tortilla’s music is a blend of American music and the old Mexican folkloric songs [Rancheras] that were taken and given a completely different sound and style which is the unique Texas Chicano sound. That’s what makes Tortilla Factory so distinctive. Tony Ham’s son Alfredo Antonio who is new on the scene with Tortilla is also a gifted singer and composer and is the new super talent on the scene.
Tony “Ham” Guerrero, a trumpet player, singer, and musical Director and Bobby Butler are the two charter members that have recently been inducted in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in Alice Texas. Tony “Ham” is also recognized as one of the Pioneers of West Texas Music at the West Texas Hall in Of Fame in Fort Worth Texas. Bobby is one of the most unique performers from the Texas Chicano music scene as he is the first African American singer to become an international star in the genre. He sings in Spanish and English and is also a gifted composer.
Bobby has had several recordings that became big hits with his fans from coast to coast. His stage apparel includes his beautiful Mariachi and Charro suits that are tailor made for him, and can electrify any crowd with his riveting Mexican gritos.
Tortilla Factory will be touring nationwide again in early 2008. Visit www.tonyhamguerrero.com to find out where their appearances will be.
Tony “HAM” Guerrero