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The Eternal Bolero, Part 3: Staying Alive

Friday, January 7, 2022

“As the end of the millennium drew near, the lyrical bolero seemed like a thing of the past.

Yet, the bolero is not a passing fad, like disco or La Macarena, nor a style stuck in history, like ragtime or the French contredanse. It is very much a living, evolving song style, refreshed by new composers and young generations of fans.

The Eternal Bolero, Part 2: Songs I Learned in College

Friday, December 3, 2021

            In the first installment of my three-part series on the bolero, I offered an overview of the romantic genre and highlighted songs I had learned from my parents as a child. In Part 2, I’ve selected eight more classics that I discovered during my college years in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

Store Stickers: Windows on a Lost Way of Life

Monday, August 3, 2020

A true record collector is more than a mere music aficionado. Collectors are also part historians, part archivists, part treasure hunters, and part detectives. They look at records like archeological artifacts, analyzing them for clues to a particular culture and way of life, in a specific time and place.

Artist Biography: Margarita La Chaparrita, Mother, Singer, Survivor

Monday, June 15, 2020


The recording career of Margarita La Chaparrita was modest and short-lived but remarkable, nevertheless. After struggling through a series of traumatic relationships and raising seven children with meager resources, the late-blooming performer decided to start her own band in the midst of middle age, when most other mothers are winding down to retirement.

To read more, visit the Frontera Collection Blog.

Ed. Note: This is the first in a series of biographies of artists based on information provided by family members, friends, or colleagues who contacted us by email or through our blog’s Comments sections. Without the input provided by listeners who reached out to us, their stories would most likely never be formally documented. Please continue to share your knowledge and family histories with us!

Coronavirus Corridos: Tales of the Pandemic

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has all the makings of a corrido, the historic narrative ballad of Mexico. The public health crisis has brought fear, death, tragedy, and social conflict – all of which have been subjects of this song form since before the Mexican Revolution.