David Lee Garza feat. Jesse Serrata (Just Friends)
David Lee Garza continues to maintain a loyal following with his combination of progressive Conjunto and distinctive Tejano music formulas.
After more than 30 years in the business David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have generated hit after hit with a combination of easily danceable melodies and earthy roots music blend of Country, Tex-Mex and straight up Tejano.
David Lee’s unique accordion style music is readily recognized. For this reason it is not difficult to find David Lee collaborating with other Tejano music-recording Grammy Award-winning artists like: Little Joe y La Familia, Jimmy Gonzales, La Firma, Bobby Pulido, Joel Guzman, Joe Posada, or Americana favorite artists like Kevin Fowler or Cory Morrow, T Graham Brown, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Bush.
The group’s ascent in the industry has been rock steady with recognition coming from every corner of the Tex-Mex, Americana, and Tejano music world. This road-proven band has enjoyed increasing success on the grueling dance/Festival touring circuit for over the last couple of decades. Producing a string of hits including “Con El Tiempo”, “Hey David Who’s That Gringo”, and “Cuatro Caminos”, “Te Quiero Te Amo” has kept David Lee Garza y Los Musicales at the top of mind and Chart topper.
Their concentrated efforts of building the group with a handful of revolving vocalists has established David Lee Garza as a household name in the Tejano genre and has earned his favorite son status to Tejano music lovers across America. Each contributing lead singer directs DLG to refresh and rejuvenate his homegrown musical spirit for audiences of every age.
A recent trend in most music industries has been toward groups with genuine musical roots and authentic ties to traditional Texas music sound. This factor played an important part as David Lee Garza y Los Musicales were signed to the initial Capitol/EMI Latin label, and it ran its course when Sony Discos signed them and maintained major label relationships through the early 2000’s. In 2005 DLG started his own label entitled DLG Records which has him constantly in the studio whether it’s for him or fellow Musicians.
But despite their increasing popularity, David Lee and the band have always remained unassuming and accessible to their fans. Part of the band’s consistent appeal has been their always friendly, small town air.
Sponsorship partners like Wrangler, Cavenders Boot City, and Brown Chevrolet Dealerships unanimously stress in concert that “David Lee is the trademark of contemporary Tejano music — they’re talented and a cut above the ordinary”. The band is as good as any other legendary group still on the road. And no matter how exclusive the band gets, they’re honest, hard-working group of guys who go out and perform their hearts out night after night.
Born and raised in Poteet, David Lee began playing the accordion with his father, Tony and formed a local circuit group known as David Lee y Su Conjunto, rarely venturing out of their area. The Musicales are truly a family dynasty: David handles the accordion and 2nd vocals; his brother Richard, plays bass guitar; brother Adam handles the drums; Oscar “WoWee” Montemayor is on saxophone, Billy O’Rourke on bajo-sexto and guitar and vocals, Daniel Fernandez keyboards, and John Cruz on electric guitar, with Cezar Martinez handling Lead Vocals.
With over 30 recorded albums 2 major labels and now their own independent record label DLG Records as part of their legendary discography, Los Musicales are currently working on their next conquest to be released in early March 2015. David Lee along with his Manager started their own Record label JROD Records, so that they could venture out in recording other artists. Their first CD entitled David Lee Garza “Just Friends” is collaboration with 10 different vocalists, this CD WON 2013 Latin Grammy for Best Tejano Album.
The band has been the only Tejano group to have spun off several benchmark careers for some of the most talented and influential vocalists/artists in the industry today — Ramiro “Ram” Herrera, Emilio Navaira, Oscar G, Jay Perez, Marcos Orozco, Mark Ledesma and Ben Ozuna who left to create their own names among the Marquee signs while garnering their accolades. Now with his New Vocalist Cezar Martinez from Robstown Texas brings his youthful style to los Musicales and creates a young and new energetic sound.
Noting their popularity and longevity among a true Mexican American culture, Los Musicales have lived through the journey like that of many other entertainment giants. Blazing a trail from Hawaii to Florida; the Great Lakes to northern Mexico, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have reinvented their sound and rejuvenated their spirit in a way only they know how.