$15 All Night
On a Saturday night you may find yourself in a saloon in South Texas listening to a Conjunto band perform. The sound of the bajo-sexto and accordion are indescribable. The bass and the drums almost sound like a heart beating to the tempo of the song being played. No one does this better than Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers.
In the early nineteen seventies Ruben Naranjo was a local musician in the town of Alice, Texas who had a big dream. He dreamt of having his own band, and becoming a successful musician. After receiving an opportunity to record, Naranjo quickly jumped on it. The only problem was that the studio he was to record in was located in Florida. He decided to take a chance and make the trip to Florida to record an album. Little did he know that this would mark the beginning of a long and successful career. The first single under Ruben Naranjo y Los Gamblers was the hit entitled La Estrella. Naranjo quickly found himself performing in front of packed venues all over the United States. Throughout his musical career Ruben Naranjo recorded many hit records, and received numerous awards for his accomplishments. In October 1998 Ruben Naranjo sadly passed away at the age of 53. In 1993 Ricky Naranjo began playing the drums for his father, Ruben Naranjo. He soon found himself booking Ruben Naranjo y Los Gamblers, and managing the band as well. Upon the passing of his father many fans began to ask Ricky not if he was going to continue the band, but when. Ricky found himself in a tough position, and decided that continuing the group was what his father would have wanted him to do. Thus Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers was born. Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers’ first album was an instant success. The album was recorded under Hacienda Records, and thousands of copies were sold. The success was a little unexpected, and Ricky found himself trying to keep his musicians pleased. At the same time that Ricky was touring, Ruben Naranjo’s grandson was busy learning the accordion. Ruben Naranjo III was a fifteen year old who found himself receiving accordion lessons from a hall of fame accordionist named Amadeo Flores. The young Naranjo quickly caught on to the same style of accordion playing that made his grandfather famous. Soon after, Ruben III found himself in the recording studio with Ricky, working on a new record. The chemistry between Ricky and Ruben instantly clicked, and the music began to flow. Since then the two have recorded thirteen albums, and have toured all over the United States and Mexico. Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers are not just a Conjunto band, they are a family tradition.
When listening to Los Gamblers you will find yourself tapping your foot, and soon after that, on the dance floor. The music is filled with emotion, and powerful lyrics that relate to everyday people.