Randy Garibay

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A living Texas legend from the tough streets of San Antonio, Randy Garibay is considered by his musical peers as the "Godfather" of San Antonio blues. Known for his crooning as well as his facility to stir melodious sounds from his guitar, Randy creates a rich tapestry of music that is unmistakably his own. Though his repertoire of musical styles includes everything from doo wop to jazz to country to Mexican boleros and salsas , Randy considers himself "a bluesman above everything else." Born of immigrant parents and brought up in the barrios of San Antonio and the migrant fields of the mid west, Randy has had an illustrious career spanning over forty years. Randy began as a teenager in San Antonio as lead singer for two teen age doo wop groups, first the Velvets and then the Pharaohs. The Pharaohs performed in Texas and Mexico and sang back up for Sonny Ace and for Doug Sahm in his early recordings. Randy also performed regularly in the premiere San Antonio blues venue of the ‘50s--the Eastwood Country Club, one of the renowned blues clubs for touring African American performers. In the ‘60s Randy joined a local band, the Dell-Kings, which took him on the road, first to Los Angeles and then for a lengthy stint in Las Vegas, where Randy and the band played as the house band at the Sahara Hotel and worked with legends such as Jackie Wilson, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr. Renamed Los Blues, the band took an extended road trip from the late ‘60s through the ‘70s, during which Randy played alongside rhythm and blues greats, including Curtis Mayfield and the O’ Jays and performed in such prestigious venues as Madison Square Garden and the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, Vancouver and Honolulu. Now that he is back home in Texas, Randy plays what he knows, using his soulful voice and equally expressive guitar playing with his best band yet, Cats Don’t Sleep. "Randy Garibay and Cats Don’t Sleep is arguably the finest R&B outfit in the land," writes Jim Beal, Jr., of the San Antonio Express News. "Garibay’s voice and guitar, backed by a band that can play almost anything is impossible to top. Soulful, accomplished, experienced and inspired, Randy and the Cats simply smoke." Randy’s music reached a wider audience and a new level of popularity with the release of his critically acclaimed "Barbacoa Blues" CD in l997 which contained eight original songs including the popular "Barbacoa Blues" and "Too Close to the Border." He has performed as a South by Southwest Music Festival Showcase performer for the last three years; a Touring Artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts since l999; and a featured performer at the l998 Chicano Music Awards. He is also winner of the l996 West Side Rhythm and Blues Award and the Pura Vida Hispanic Music Award in l994 and l995. In l999 Randy released popular Chicano Blues Man CD with nine original songs in which, as Michael Point of Down Beat magazine comments in the liner notes, "... Garibay delivers all hues of blues from a personal perspective unlike any other on the scene, creating a cross cultural musical experience uniquely his but still open to all who have a song in their heart and a longing in their soul." The year 2002 finds Randy’s music being distributed throughout Europe. He is also back in the studio working on his next release, tentatively titled Invisible Society that is scheduled for release in late summer-fall. This year also heralds the release of pioneering Chicano film maker Efrain Gutierrez’ latest film, Lowrider Spring Break En San Quilmas, which features eight of Randy’s original songs from his last two CDs.
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 2

Randy Garibay  11/15/2005            
Jose Antonio Contreras
Like his other CD's, Randy assembled a phenomenal blend of music genres. No two songs sound alike. He carries us from blues to ballads to west side sound to chicano blues mixing his amazing voice and versitle intrumentations. On the 7th hole at the Mission Del Lago Golf Course there's a small sign that says, "Randy Garibay made a hole-in-one here on such and such a date." The only bigger hole is the one left in the music world with his departure. I miss him still.
Randy Garibay  04/28/2004            
This is an incredible album from the most versatile and talented Chicano Bluesman in Texas. Randy's voice is soulful and soaring and has to be one of the best of any on the scene; his guitar playing is extraordinary and his original music is wonderful. His bilingual lyrics and music capture the Chicano experience. Randy is totally unique. The more I listen to this album the more I love it.
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