Empire Control Room
"...appeared on the scene, but squeeze-box polkas go back more than a century in Central Texas. Flaco Jiménez, third generation accordionist bandleader, passed the torch to bajo sexto stringer Max Baca by enlisting him for the Texas Tornados..."
"...San Antonio’s Grammy award-winning Sunny Ozuna (Sunny & the Sunliners) will join Larry Lange & the Lonely Knights, J.R. & the Starlites, Max Baca & then Texmaniacs, Michelle, and many other musical guests..."
"...Not surprisingly, with a roster the caliber of Los Super Seven's, the camaraderie among the artists, plus a guest appearance from Doug Sahm and assists from some of Texas' best musicians, including bajo sexto player Max Baca, accordionist Joel Guzman, and the mariachi group Campanos de America, Berlin's work was made that much easier. Aiding the process further, Berlin's bandmates, Rosas and Hidalgo, were the first musicians to arrive on the scene...."
"...Friday headliners, Los Lobos were mid-set when the city's mayor called it. The band had just welcomed special guest musicians, noted master of the bajo sexto Max Baca with accordionist (and nephew) Josh Baca, then launched into the evening's finale, "La Bamba," to one hell of a lightshow, courtesy of mother nature...."
"...“We’re doing Louie Guerrero songs and a Johnny Degollado song. Max Baca is doing Camilo Cantu,” continues Escovedo, citing popular young accordionist Baca, paying tribute to Austin’s unrecorded accordion master Cantu...."
"...Villanueva is a veteran of conjunto and Tejano bands across Texas, mostly notably La Mafia. Today, he holds down the bottom line for Max Baca in Los TexManiacs, one of the best new breed of young Mexican bands..."
"...Ernie Garibay's S.A. Chicano blues was as good as it gets, followed by an outstanding crowd-pleaser of a set by Max Baca's Los Texmaniacs that included an incendiary cover of Sir Doug's "She's About a Mover." Baca, once with Flaco Jimenez, unquestionably ranks with Nunie Rubio among the finest young Chicano talents..."
"...Twisting behind the baby grand nestled among a full-blown Nashville stage setup, and accompanied by an acoustic guitarist and Lyle Lovett crony John Hagen on cello, Treviño baffled expectations yet again by opening with the tender, dulce ballad "Never Saw Blue." It was the last time there were fewer than 9-10 people onstage. With a backing octet (accordion, pedal steel, three guitars including his own, Max Baca's bajo sexto, bass, drums, and an occasional keyboardist), the perennially baby-faced Treviño, a thin, wispy beard encircling his mouth, looked a bit diminutive sans onetime trademark cowboy hat and boots, but his ensuing performance was just the opposite..."
"...Los Texmaniacs’ Max Baca, Dwight Yoakam, and Flaco Jimenez..."
"...What it did offer was soul and puro corazón. Max Baca and Flaco Jimenez..."
"...El Brown Recluse makes its predecessors sound like child's play. From the percussive shuffle of opener "Too Many" to closing "Cumbia Pa Modernos," the arachnid bite here is naturally organic, the list of musicians speaking to the disc's live band chemistry: first-listed Yayo Serka on drums and percussion, Max Baca on bajo sexto, and the youngbloods, David Garza, Ceci Bastida, and Sahara Smith..."
"...I think ACL missed the boat this year on Tex-Mex and Latin rock. This would have been the year to bring in Steve Jordan and Max Baca & the TexManiacs..."
"...Bruton is just one of the many Texas connections that can be found on the Los Angeles-based band’s self-released full-length debut, Dulcinea. It also features appearances by Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Max Baca, Joel Guzman, and Ian McLagan...."
"...Chicano Zen begins with the wonderful title track, an invocation of Chicano cultural icons, starting playfully, then skillfully gliding into a driving pulse. And it only gets better, thanks in part to Lila Downs, Becca Rodriguez, and Martha Gonzalez, who lend their seasoned vocals, as do Ruben Ramos and Patty Griffin in the enchanting "No Soy Feliz." Davíd Garza, Luis Guerra, Max Baca, Celso Duarte, and others sit in as well, adding perfectly calibrated vocals and instrumentation..."
"...Five Latin-tinged tunes followed by five Texas blues shuffles, Mexican Standoff is the least successful of the trilogy. The Latin sides seem affected, even with the production assistance of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and the appearance of Joel Guzman's accordian and the bajo sexto of Max Baca..."
"...Just like his late dad Doug, skunk-haired local glam-rocker Shandon Sahm is not at all shy about offering his opinions. Sahm wrote all the songs on his new album, Good Thoughts Are Better Than Laxatives, save a cover of the elder Sahm's eternal "She's About a Mover." He also played all the instruments, excepting guest shots from brother Shawn, bajo sexto ace Max Baca, and ex-Pariah bandmate Dave Derrick..."
"...And what's a Sahm recording without a groove breaker? "Stress, Speed, Noise" is 10-plus minutes of studio fun, voice-overs, sound effects, and guitar wanking, and just might be Sahm's way of telling the listener to loosen up. He plays all the instruments, with brief appearances by Garrett Jamison, Max Baca, and former Pariah bandmate/album co-producer Dave Derrick..."
"...It kicked off on Wednesday and ends Sunday night. The big Sunday show starts at noon and features Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca, Los Longoria, Los Nobles, Los Pinkys, Angel Flores, Nick Villareal, Grupo Vida, Flaco Jimenez, and the Hometown Boys..."
"...Currently, live music is heard on Thursday and Friday afternoons, but beginning in October, there will be three days of live music per week, with the Blue Healers, featuring David Murray and Malford Milligan, kicking off the new schedule October 4. Others playing the airport in October include Inkululeko (10/5); Blues Crawlers (10/6); Billy Harvey (10/11); The Occasionals (10/13); Pauline Reese (10/25); Max Baca & Michael Guerra (11/26); and Rob Roy Parnell (10/27)..."
"...A crucial component of last year's Grammy-winning Los Super Seven smash, Aztex accordionista Joel Guzman followed up the all-star project with his own Steve Berlin-produced disc, Short Stories (HighTone). Paired with Sarah Fox on vox, Guzman's Aztex debut guested LS7 alum Joe Ely and Bajo Sexto stud Max Baca and came off like the same south of the border house party..."