Travels from Lubbock, TX
The Hometown Boys, from Lubbock Texas, have been around for many years. Originally known as El Grupo Internacional de Ricky y Joe Martinez consisted of the entire Martinez family. Roman Martinez, Sr., father, and Maria Dolores Martinez, mother , had been members of the Madrugadores del Valle, a very popular conjunto in tho 50’s. Five boys and one girl later, El Grupo Internacional was born that consisted of sons-Roman Jr., Ricky, Bobby, Joe, Jesse, daughter-Rosalinda, and father-Roman Sr.
The original Grupo Internacional had two styles of music, for both older and younger generations. One style was the original conjunto style with drums, bass guitar, accordion, and bajo sexto. The other style was with drums, bass guitar, keyboard, and electric guitar. Everyone who attended one of the group’s dances, got a taste of both types of music. It was like getting two groups in one.
Their first recording, “Mi Ranchito” was an 8-track tape recorded in Amarillo, Texas. This is the only recording that has both styles featured. The group played along side some great musicians. The group changed their style to conjunto only after daughter and keyboard player, Rosalinda, left the group after getting married. A little ways down the road, Bobby, the original bass player , also left the group when he moved to Dallas, Texas to begin his career in photography. This is when the actual Hometown Boys were born. The group then consisted of Ricky, bass guitar, and first voice, Jesse, drums, Joe,accordion, and second voice, Roman Sr., bajo sexto, and Roman Jr., sound engineer.
The Hometown Boys have had a very basic style of music that appeals to all generations. September, 1996, marked a first in the history of West Texas. The Hometown Boys were the first Hispanics to be inducted into the “Buddy Holly Walk of Fame” in Lubbock, Texas, alongside Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and other Texas legends. The Grammy award winners have been known for songs like, “Mire Amigo”, which went gold in its first 4 days of release, “Dos Gatos”, “El Poder De Una Mujer”, “Hombre Innocente”, “Dos Cosas”, “Vestida De Blanco”, “El Pintor”, and many more great songs. Lets not forget to mention “Joe’s Specials”. “Joe’s Special 10″ received the Best Instrumental Award at the 1997 Tejano Music Awards. The fans have been an inspiration to the group’s dedication.
Back in October, 1997 The Hometown Boys had their first loss. Roman, Jr., percussions, and sound engineer, after a lengthy illness, passed away at the age of 45. This was such a tremendous loss. Joe, accordion player, wound up having a heart attack shortly after Roman Jr.’s funeral. After a triple bypass, Joe seemed to be on the road to recovery. A couple of months later, in January, 1998, he went to see The Hometown Boys perform and was invited up on stage to play his beloved accordion. Joe was known as the “Accordion Abuser” because he put all his energy into playing the accordion that sometimes he wound up breaking the instrument from playing so hard. After being on stage for a while, Joe suffered heart complications and at the tender age of 34, passed away while he was doing what he loved to do. Joe was a remarkably talented musician. The loss was devastating. Two brothers passed away within a three month period. However, The Hometown Boys continued their quest to perform for their fans.
A few years later in August, 2002, just as The Hometown Boys were to go on stage in Lubbock, Texas, Jesse, The drummer and baby of the family, suffered an aneurysm and passed away also at the young age of 34. The family has been in mourning for many years now. In 2003, Ricky, the primary vocalist and leader of the group, suffered some ill health. Everyone was praying for his recovery. Thanks to all those prayers, Ricky bounced back, with his voice as sweet as ever.In 2005 The Hometown Boys mother and biggest fan Maria Dolores Martinez, after suffering for many years from a lengthy illness, passed away. She was our biggest supporter. Our mom always told us to follow our dreams, and that we could do what ever we put our minds to, as long as we gave it 100%, which is one of the reasons that The Hometown Boys have been around for so long, even through so many hard times.
We will not give up on our dream.The group has gone through many changes. Roman Sr., continues to be the root of the group. He has endured much and continues to carry “La Bandera” (the flag) of The Hometown Boy. The Martinez family has reunited. Bobby came back and plays the bass guitar, and brings his business background, and helps manage the group, so Ricky can concentrate on singing. Rosalinda came back as a background vocalist. Ricky is the main vocalist. Stevan Martinez, cousin, has taken the role of accordionist, Marky Lee Riojas was singing in Ricky’s; absence and has continued as second vocalist. Ruben Rodriguez, has taken on the role of drummer.
Through all the struggles that The Hometown Boys have had to endure, they continue to play for their beloved fans. The “Homies” as they are frequently referred, want to thank everyone who has supported the group for so many years. An update to the bio, July 12, 2007 marks another dark day for La Familia Martinez The Hometown Boys. Ricky Martinez lead singer and co-founder of The Hometown Boys passed away from a lengthy illness that he had been fighting for a couple of years, but through that fight he never stopped performing for the people. He Passed away doing what he loved to do, (Entertain).
Roman Martinez Sr. Continues to be the foundation of the group. Bobby plays the bass guitar and, vocals, and manages the band, and has taken over just about all the booking duties, and everything to do with the band, (to make life easier for, Roman (father).
Rosalinda background vocals. Update, Our newest members are at lead vocals Elias Aredondo, he has a great history of music behind him, being related to Los Huracanes Del Norte. On accordion we have Anthony Trevinio, who also has a great music background, he use to be the leader of the well known Grupo Invicto. On drums we have Ruben Rodriguez, who also comes from a long line of musicians.
We miss Ricky and his voice, but the band through all there adversity, is as strong as ever.We realized from the beginning of our career, that the fans are the most important part of being around for such a long time, and with that said. We would like to thank the people who have supported and continue to support The Hometown Boys, Our fans, family and friends.
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