By Martin Leal
Grupo Intento, the Valley's hottest up and coming Norteno / Regional band, "la juventud Nortena" as they are called, has been in existence for one year and already they have opened for groups like Intocable, David Lee Garza, Los Palominos, Michael Salgado, Ramon Ayala, Emilio and Tropa F. They formed on Jan. 29, 1996 and one month later they opened for Intocable. Now, they are about to sign with a major label,they wouldn't say which label, all they said was to listen to KKPS-FM QUE PASA 99.5 to find out which one. Their first single is due out the first week of Feb. titled "Si Alguna Ves." Their first CD will follow two weeks later also titled "Si Alguna Ves."
The CD will be dedicated to their families. You can expect to see these guys at next years Tejano Music Awards, they are that hot.
Lead singer Raul Ortiz thanked QUE PASA 99.5 for opening the doors for them over the last year and said he looked forward to working with QUE PASA and its listeners. He credits the station with promoting them and helping get their start in the Tejano industry. QUE PASA mid-night to 6 man Eloy Lozano stated that these guys are "On their way to the top." Intocable has taken them under their wing and has provided the band at least three songs written by Johnny Rosa and Ricky Munoz.
The Band consist of lead singer Raul Ortiz, David Ortiz (bajo sexto) , Edward Ruiz(bass), Rudy Ruiz (accordion) and Juan Ortiz a.k.a.. El Rabbit ( drums).
The guys come from families with strong musical backgrounds. All come from families that have played in local bands for years. If the accordion music from this band sounds familiar to conjunto music fans, it is because accordionista Rudy Ruiz, as well as bass player Edward Ruiz are the nephews of the Father of Conjunto, Narciso "El Huracan Del Valle" Martinez. So you can expect some excellent accordion music. This band has a very promising future and if you are a conjunto music lover I strongly recommend that you get their CD as soon as it hits the stores.
by Martin Leal
Texas History Teacher