Explain this "style" to me...

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  1. Flat6Driver

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    I was on a long car trip and listening to Outlaw country....a Mavericks song came on and within one bar, I could tell it was the Mavericks...they have a style in their rhythm. I don't have the words to describe it. Then Streets of Bakersfield came on later and it has the same style. I know it's all country, but what are the words to describe this "feel"?




     
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    Both are Tex-Mex feels. Dwight and Buck, particularly, is straight out of Mariachi or Del Norte style music, 2/4 time signature (Polkas!) just with the added backbeat from the kick drum.

    You know, the Mexican bands with western shirts, cowboy hats, all electric guitars AND an accordion.

    It's German/Mexican music from New Mexico and Texas, filtered again in Bakersfield.
    See also: Linda Ronstadt, Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, Sir Douglas Quintet.

    Ah, America! This is why we have the best music!
     
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    Latin rhythms



    always liked these vibes in country music

     
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    I've been calling that "polkabilly" but I don't think that's a real word. Maybe there's more of a Tejano influence instead.
     
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    Yep.
    Tejano.


    I hear that influence here, also. Certainly in the drums


     
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    Yeah it's that backbeat that's so distinctive. I'm semi musically literate, but I couldn't figure out how to express this.
    I guess what I was looking for was the technical description, the 2/4 thing does it for me. Funny, you should mention polka, I hear a Dead tape where they mentioned this was a polka:



     
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    I’m thinking I hear some zydeco in the OP.
     
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    Here's one of my favorites
     
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    And remember the Flaco, Doug, Augie and Freddy super group, the Texas Tornados.
     
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    Here is my favorite from Flaco



    For the monolingual this is a very rough translation of the first verse:

    All the girls are wearing pants,
    And in the new style they are right.
    They don't wear nylons, they wear socks.
    They go out in style wearing blue jeans.

    This clip is from a documentary from 1982, so it is dated and Flaco is 80 years old now and still performing as far as I know.
     
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    Just killer... that’s what I call it.
     
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    I believe Doug Sahm answers the OP's question in his intro to this song "Conjunto Rock and Roll" is what Doug called it.
     
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    A damn fine song, and a Bakersfield reference to boot.
     
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    Written by the late John Perry Barlow. RIP John Perry.
     
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    I don't feel qualified to name it but I love drumming to this stuff.
     
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