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The Hometown Boys, from Lubbock Texas, have been around for many years. Originally known as El Grupo Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez consisted of the entire Martinez family. Roman Martinez, Sr., father, and Maria Dolores Martinez, mother , had been members of the Madrugadores del Valle, a very popular conjunto in tho 50’s. Five boys and one girl later, El Grupo Internacional was born that consisted of sons-Roman Jr., Ricky, Bobby, Joe, Jesse, daughter-Rosalinda, and father-Roman Sr..The original Grupo Internacional had two styles of music, for both older and younger generations. One style was the original conjunto style with drums, bass guitar, accordion, and bajo sexto. The other style was with drums, bass guitar, keyboard, and electric guitar. Everyone who attended one of the group’s dances, got a taste of both types of music. It was like getting two groups in one. Their first recording, “Mi Ranchito” was an 8-track tape recorded in Amarillo, Texas. This is the only recording that has both styles featured. The group played along side some great musicians. The group changed their style to conjunto only after daughter and keyboard player, Rosalinda, left the group after getting married. A little ways down the road, Bobby, the original bass player , also left the group when he moved to Dallas, Texas to begin his career in photography. This is when the actual Hometown Boys were born. The group then consisted of Ricky, bass guitar, and first voice, Jesse, drums, Joe,accordion, and second voice, Roman Sr., bajo sexto, and Roman Jr., sound engineer.