Pancho Barraza on Tour
From his debut album onward, Mexican singer-songwriter Pancho Barraza paved his way to banda’s most tender and romantic side, las romántica. He’s also dabbled in mariachi — his 1997 album, Invéntame Un Amor, featured the cumbia chart-topping song “Pero La Recuerdo.”
By his fourth release, El Vagabundo Que Te Ama, the lovelorn crooner proved that his expertise lies in his adventurous banda romancers. That 1998 album offered “Mi Enemigo El Amor” — a heartrending smash whose online streams have been clocked at 44 million on Spotify. To date, Barraza boasts nearly 40 albums, including numerous live recordings and compilations.
In 2018 alone, the prolific performer released two studio albums, Más Fuerte Que Nunca and Un Sueño, as well as two live albums — En Vivo Telmex and En Vivo Palenque, Guadalajara. March 2019 marks the start of a North American tour beginning at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre. Audiences can expect to be transported by the classic big-band sounds of Mexican traditional music.
Pancho Barraza Background
Born in the small town of Juan José Ríos in Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1961, Francisco Javier Barraza Rodríguez (aka Pancho Barraza) demonstrated his musical prowess at a young age by participating in local musical contests. Evolving his craft as a singer-songwriter, Barraza decided to enroll at the Bénemerita Escuela Normal to become a music instructor, and by age 22 he was teaching at a middle school in Villa Unión.
Around that time, Barraza joined the town’s church choir, and he also became a bassist for a group called Karisma. By the late 1980s, he’d immersed himself in the burgeoning scene of regional Mexican music along with Banda San Sebastian and Banda Camino, before making his mark with the now-famous Banda Sinaloense Los Recoditos in the genre’s hotbed of Mazatlán.
With a riveting lineup that included Poncho Lizarraga, Enrique Valdez, and siblings Victor, Miguel, and Silvano Sarabia — and Barraza fronting Los Recoditos — the big-band ensemble released their debut in 1990, A Bailar de Caballito. He led the band until 1995, when he launched his solo career with Mis Canciones de Amor, backed by Banda Santa María.