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The Polished Edge:First CD is unique mix of country, Tex-Mex

The Polished Edge:First CD is unique mix of country, Tex-Mex
Floresville musician Frankie Martinez has recorded his first CD, “You Snooze, You Lose,” a unique blend of country and Tex-Mex, with a little “hot jalapeño” contributed by accordionist Flaco Jimenez.

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Wilson County News
June 13, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- A lifetime of music has distilled into a first recording for Frankie Martinez of Floresville. He’ll release his first-ever CD with a release party Friday, June 22, at Big Sam’s Grill and Bar in San Antonio. Everyone is invited!

The CD, “You Snooze, You Lose,” includes several original songs, along with a remake of Dwight Yoakam’s “The Streets of Bakersfield.” Originals include the title track, about a young man missing an opportunity to meet a woman, “Muchacha,” “When Was the Last Time You Said, I Love You?” and “Miracle,” about the birth of a child.

“You Snooze, You Lose” is the artist’s favorite track.

Joining Martinez on several tracks is renowned accordionist Flaco Jimenez, adding a Tex-Mex flavor to give the CD an original sound and a flavor all its own.

“It was like a dream come true,” Martinez said of recording with Jimenez. “I never would’ve dreamed of doing this with him. He’s very down to earth, very humble. He knew what I was aiming for with the mix of sounds, having had a similar mix of influences.”

The CD reflects the varied musical influences that have shaped Martinez from his youth in Castroville until now, from the sounds of Vicente Fernandez and Ramon Ayala -- both beloved of his parents, who immigrated from Mexico -- to George Strait and Bob Wills, along with a little jazz, some classical, and a little blues, he said.

“This is a mix of country songs with a mix of accordion -- kinda like Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens,” Martinez said. “It reflects the mix of influences I grew up with.”

Martinez has been playing music for 30 years. By day, he works in law enforcement. But in his free time, he’s a skilled guitarist -- rhythm, lead, and bass -- and percussionist. He enjoys playing country, jazz, and Spanish music. Martinez performs regularly in the area with “Jus ’Cause,” which includes vocalist Wendy Middleton of Floresville; her husband, Kevin, on bass guitar and vocals; drummer Rocky Romero, who’s based in Wilson County; and lead guitarist Eddie Lopez of San Antonio. The band recently played at Roper’s in Floresville.

Martinez and his wife, Michelle, live near Floresville, where they’re raising two daughters, Misty and Ally. The women in his life are very supportive of his music.

“It’s always been my passion,” Martinez said.

Celebrate this local artist’s first recording at the CD release party June 22. Admission is free. Big Sam’s is located at 13802 Embassy Row in San Antonio.

The CD will be available for purchase that night for $12. If you can’t make it to the party, “You Snooze, You Lose” will be available soon on iTunes, Martinez said.

For booking information, email, or find Frankie Martinez on Facebook.

And if you don’t get your hands on a copy, it just may be “You Snooze, You Lose”!

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