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Norteño or Tejano music, which works best for your scene?

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Say you have a scene set on a South Texas ranch and you need the right music.

Should you use Norteno or Tejano music—and what’s the difference?

If it takes place in a traditional, rural, or even period Mexican setting, a Norteño song will be the way to go. While Norteño, Tejano or Tex-Mex styles are all driven by accordion and vocals, the Norteño sound will express a more raw, grassroots feel.

On the other hand, the Tejano or Tex-Mex style, with its fusion Pop sound, will feel more contemporary. This is due to its up-to-date instrumentation, like electric guitars, full drum set, sax, synthesizer sounds, and today’s Pop chord progressions—a clear choice but each flowing from a rich, northern Mexican creative heritage.

Click HERE to listen to samples of LMS Records' Norteño and Tejano artists.

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