Los Padrinos are (from left to right):
Martin Martinez, accordion & vocals
Juan Santillan, lead vocals & bajo sexto
Juan "El Animal" Carrillo, drums
Peter "El Profe" Barrera, bass
The strongest part of the group is their innate sense that faith and culture cannot be separated and that by knowing our roots we know who we are. A Padrinos performance is not about nostalgia, but about remembering where we came from. God bless you y que viva conjunto!
Los Padrinos began as an idea born from a love for Tex-Mex music. Martin and Juan met through a previous band that was very active in the "Tejano" music scene around San Antonio, Tx. They both shared a love for traditional conjunto of South Texas and Northern Mexico. After Juan left that band, he decided to take up the Bajo Sexto (the traditional rhythm guitar used in that style of music) and write songs.
During a hiatus from playing, Martin and Juan would meet and just play the old songs (las viejitas)- and from there developed the interest in recording a CD of traditional and original music - "Fe, Familia, y Tradicion" was born.
Since then, the group has formed quite a unit with the addition of Peter Barrera on bass, and veteran drummer, Juan "El Animal" Carrillo. Their past experience in playing in front of large crowds has helped them to bring a sense of "familia" to those who listen.
Since that time they have entertained (and even educated) people with their traditional sound.
Los Padrinos released their second album in December of 2005 entitled "Puro Gallo" which has been well received by conjunto-lovers nationwide. They have been asked to perform their traditional style with artists like Flaco Jimenez, Mingo Saldivar, Los Dos Gilbertos, La Mafia, Los Palominos, Ram Herrera, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and the Tex-Maniacs.
With the release of this album have come requests to perform their style of music in many different venues.
They were honored to be named runner-up for "2006 Best Conjunto", sponsored by Tejanomagazine.com; as well as nominated for "Best Conjunto" by Univision's "2007 Premios a la Musica Latina". In 2010 Los Padrinos were nominated as Band of Year at the South Texas Conjunto Association (STCA) and Juan was nominated as Vocalist of the Year as well.