The Last Bandoleros
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The Last Bandoleros mix driving Texas dance-hall beats with sweet
four-part harmony and inviting melodies. The band initially came
together when San Antonio native Jerry Fuentes met Derek James
and invited him to jam with his friends Diego and Emilio Navaira,
sons of Tejano legend, Emilio Navaira (Sr.).
Having toured extensively with Sting, The Mavericks and Dwight
Yoakum, The Last Bandoleros were invited to perform on ABC’s
Good Morning America last summer prompting their album “Live
from Texas” to soar to #6 on the iTunes Country Chart.
[ Link to The Last Bandoleros on Good Morning America:
The Last Bandoleros’ musical influences are as varied as the
elements that forge their sound.
“I grew up idolizing Texas legends Dough Sahm and Flaco Jimenez,”
recounts Jerry Fuentes, “and, at the same time, I wanted to learn
every song in the Rock canon including those by The Beatles and
“Our dad turned us on to Van Halen and ZZ Top,” says Diego
Navaira. “And, we were obviously surrounded by Tejano music from
birth," adds Emilio Navaira.
Derek James remembers his mother playing show tunes on the
piano at home, “to herself, and whomever was in the house. Then, I
saw Martin Sexton one night at the Knitting Factory, and went back
for the next two nights! That’s what really gave me the fever.”
The Last Bandoleros have sold-out Wolf Trap’s The Barn as
headliners and opened for Canadian chanteuse Feist at Webster Hall
in New York City. They also performed as backing vocalists and
instrumentalists on the Sting’s “57th & 9th’ album backing the rock
icon on The Jimmy Kimmel Show as well. The band was invited to
travel to Hamburg to sing and play on German legend Udo
Lindenberg’ MTV Unplugged special.
[ Link to The Last Bandoleros performing with Sting on The Jimmy
Kimmel Show: https://tinyurl.com/6hzhrbwe ]
Accolades from the press have poured in:
HITS Magazine called The Last Bandoleros’ music “Tex-Mex meets
harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop
charisma” adding “the musical verve and joyous energy on display
People Magazine included them in their “Ones to Watch” feature
while Entertainment Weekly highlighted them on their “Breaking
TasteOfCountry.com called their song "Where Do You Go?"
“instantly catchy” while CMChatLive.com described it as “bright,”
“explosive” and “memorable.”
Country music web site theboot.com described The Last
Bandoleros’ infectious sound as a “unique mix of British pop,
country-rock and Tejano, plus a healthy dose of Latin flair.”
The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with
top musicianship and a special camaraderie to deliver exuberance
and joy, both essential and contagious.