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The future of the “Tex-Mex” ,accordion rests firmly in the hands of accordion wizard, Josh Baca.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico native was born into a musical family. His Grandfather (Max Baca Sr. - accordion ), Father (Jimmy Baca - accordion) , and Uncle (Max Baca Jr. - bajo sexto) heavily influenced and helped carve out his musical journey. Josh’s father Jimmy Baca showed josh the basics at the age of 5 (It is rumored as an infant, Josh would alternate between,wake up, accordion, bottle, accordion, nap. He maintains the same schedule to this very day.)
Josh’s passion and love of music developed early . He started performing at a young age in Albuquerque. He performed with local bands, practicing constantly. Josh watched his Father Jimmy Baca Uncle Max Baca perform and practice with there local band (los Hermanos Baca de Albuquerque.
Later on he watched his uncle max Baca record and tour the World with Flaco Jimenez (King of the Tex-Mex accordion) , Texas Tornados, and Los Super 7 , feeding his youthful fire.
At 17, Josh decided to make the move to Texas. He honed his chops performing and touring regionally with various acts, while continuously studying accordion masters: Flaco Jimenez, Esteban Jordan, Mingo Saldivar ,Ruben Vela etc..
In 2012, destiny came calling. Uncle Max was looking for a new accordion player for his Grammy award winning band , Los TexManiacs . Josh seized the opportunity and claimed his rightful spot, Recording with the Smithsonian folkways. Josh delights audiences Worldwide, he has developed his own signature sound , combining old school conjunto , pop ,blues , zydeco, Cajun , country and screaming rockin’ solos . Josh delivers the accordion in a very hip form, while still pleasing the most steadfast traditionalist.
Josh has performed on Austin City Limits (Los TexManiacs , Grupo Fantasma, Alejandro Escovedo , joe Ely , Lucinda Williams , Los Lobos ) , A Prairie Home Companion, New Orleans Jazz Fest , Library of Congress , Kennedy Center The Ryman Auditorium home of the Grand ole opry etc…
Josh has recorded accordion for Los TexManiacs, Los Lobos, Kevin Fowler, Paul Eason ,Vinicio Capposela ,Tom Russell,Karl denson The Rolling Stones saxophonist, Lyle Lovett, Rick Trevino, Flor de Toloache other local acts around Texas and the world
He has performed live with Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Colin Hays (Men At Work), Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Kevin Fowler, Grupo Fantasma, Tom Russell, Bob Schneider, Garrison Keillor , Joe Ely , Los Super 7, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmy Vaughn, Johnny Nicholas, Lloyd Maines, The Revelers, Wiley & The Wild West, Treme Brass Band , Alex Meixner , Tal Wilkenfeld , Leftover Salmon, and many others.
Josh Baca toured with Los Lobos taking guitarist David Hildalgos place while we was recovering from a terrible injury converting guitar riffs and solos to the accordion he continues to perform with them to this day when needed
Josh’s mission is to prove how cool and versatile the accordion truly is . He is delighted to teach workshops , and perform educational outreach for festivals, schools, etc..He was a master instructor for 2016 Folk Alliance Conference, at the age of 24. Honored , the once apprentice is now sharing the love, passion , lessons and principles he was Blessed to learn firsthand.
In 2019 Josh was American Grammy nominated with Los Texmaniacs Smithsonian folkways recording Cruzando Borders.
Josh Baca proudly plays Hohner accordions, and Poullard Cajun Accordions.
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