As the Reigning Royalty of Tex-Mex Party Rock, Joe "King" Carrasco has been playing his utterly unique mixture of early and garage-rock, polka, cumbias, and Latin rhythm since the mid-'70s.
But while others dream of sugar plums and hams and fruitcakes during the holiday season, for Carrasco it's the time to celebrate the taste of tamales. He professes his love for the masa, meat, and husk delicacy with a simple-but-insanely-catchy new single, "Tamale Christmas."
Carrasco remembers meeting fellow musician Ben Marines and his wife, Rosa, in 1974. It was at her little restaurant where he first developed a love for the dish, which he actually later used to advance his musical career.
"We used to play the Soap Creek Saloon there, and they would decide whether to keep a band or not by how much beer they sold during their shows," Carrasco says on the phone from his restaurant/club in Puerto Vallarta, Nacho Daddy.More »