Wednesday, April 25, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Rick Trevino
Song:Learning As You Go
With the success of guys like Freddie Fender and Johnny Rodriguez in the 70s, there has always been a market for Spanish speaking singers in the country music market. Rick Trevino had some success in that market in the 90s. It appears that butting heads with his record company may have limited his career. He was born May 16, 1971 in Austin, TX. His father was a local tejano musician. Trevino turned down a baseball scholarship at Memphis State to study music at Texas A&M. While performing in a local club, he was spotted by a Sony Music talent scout. After listening to his demo, Columbia Records producer Steve Buckingham went to Austin and signed Trevino to a record deal. Buckingham was Dolly Parton's producer when she recorded for Columbia. They had him record his 1993 debut CD Dos Mundos in Spanish. Though Trevino is of Mexican descent, he doesn't speak Spanish. So he had to take Spanish lessons. And he wanted to be a mainstream country singer. He didn't want to be perceived as a tejano singer crossing over to country. His 1994 CD Rick Trevino was certified Gold and and had two top five country singles She Can't Say I Didn't Cry and Doctor Time. He recorded his next album Looking For the Light in English and Spanish versions. Learning As You Go was released in 1996. The single reached #2 on the Country Singles chart. Learning As You Go was written by Larry Boone and Billy Lawson. Boone recorded in the 80s and had a top ten country hit in 1989 with Don't Give Candy To A Stranger. Trevino also had his only number one country hit with Running Out Of Reasons To Run. So he was doing OK but still butting heads with Columbia. He wanted to leave but they wouldn't let him out of his contract. He recorded a new album but it was never released and Columbia fired him in 1998. You can get all his hits on this budget comp. Trevino joined the Tex-Mex group Los Super Seven and has had a lot of success with them. His most recent albums were on Warner Bros. and haven't sold as well as his Columbia albums. He has been working a lot with former Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo. He lives in Austin with his wife and children. I don't know if he is still with Warner Bros. Here's the video for Learning As You Go by Rick Trevino.