by Rachel Devitt | April 5, 2012
Bust out your pointiest boots, don your widest-brimmed sombrero and dust off those ay-ay-ay's! It's Radio Ranchero time, beaming the latest and greatest in regional Mexican music straight at ya: romantic ranchera, classic mariachis, gritty corridos, nuevo-Norteño stars and even a bit of tribal guarachero for the hip kids out there. This is the country music of old Mexico -- the sounds of the small towns and big ranches. But it's also home to some of today's hottest Latin stars, from genre stalwarts Los Tigres del Norte to game-changing upstarts like Gerardo Ortiz who can swagger with the best of the hip-hop emcees and country kingpins. We're talking accordions and attitude, swelling trumpets and telenovela-worthy theatrics, neck-whipping conjuntos and lovelorn confessionals. It's all the drama with none of the consequences here in Ranchero territory.