Rancho No Tengo; Joe King Carrasco


Texas Platters

Rancho No Tengo

D: Joe King Carrasco; with Carrasco, Kari Sites, Danny Crooks, C.K. McFarland. (NR, 96 min.)

Joe King Carrasco

Rancho No Tengo (Anaconda Records)

"I'm the king of hillbilly crank!" declares methed-up madman dealer Poodie Rodriguez (Carrasco) just before the sheriff's car comes crashing through his speed lab's walls and all hell breaks loose. Naturally, dreadlocked Poodie's aspirations are dashed when he's sent to the big house. Once freed, girlfriend Tiffany is there to greet him with her own hopes and aspirations, which include cell phones, hot tubs, and buying a double-wide trailer from slippery Mariachi Johnny (Steamboat captain Crooks, as one of the highlight characters) and his horny daughter, Blanca. When Poodie and Blanca "break in" the trailer – named Rancho No Tengo, Spanish for "ranch I don't have" – Tiffany turns into Delilah, shearing the hapless fuckup of his vaunted dreads while he's passed out, then parking his van in front of an oncoming train. Ah, but all's well that ends reasonably well in this no-budget indie film written, directed, and starring Carrasco. Shot in real speed lab turf around Llano and San Angelo, Rancho No Tengo's shortcomings include muddy sound and continuity problems that don't take away from its scruffy, rebel-on-a-prayer charm. Not quite so effective is the movie's soundtrack, which comes off as a background pastiche of Carrasco's trademark Tex-Mex. Makes sense since there's no musical performance in the DVD, though a torn poster in Poodie's kitchen advertises Carrasco. Highlights include "Chasin' Simpatico" and "Because a Woman." It's the perfect soundtrack for a run to Laredo.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Joe King Carrasco
Nacho Daddy
Nacho Daddy
The Ballad of Joe King Carrasco and El Molino

Margaret Moser, Jan. 25, 2013

Playback: Pachuco Hop
Playback: Pachuco Hop
Hanging with Joe King Carrasco in Puerto Vallarta

Kevin Curtin, Dec. 14, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Grupo Fantasma
American Music Vol. VII (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, April 19, 2019

Texas Platters
Lesly Reynaga
Dual Passport (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, March 22, 2019

More by Margaret Moser
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?

March 3, 2017

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016


Joe King Carrasco

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle