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Texas garage rock legends The Krayolas — genuine, Mexified, San Antonio rock ‘n’ roll stars — are famous for their fun, electrifying shows and upbeat no-borders range that has garnered flattering comparions to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm, Los Lobos and the Who.

The Krayolas have released five critically-acclaimed albums since 2008 — “La Conquistadora,” “Long Leaf Pine (No Smack Gum),” “Americano” and “Tipsy Topsy Turvy.” They are regulars on Sirius XM’s “Kick Out the Jams!” with Dave Marsh and “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” as well as on “Roots & Branches of Americana” with Ray Wylie Hubbard on KNBT-FM, “Anything Anything” with Rich Russo, KUTX, KSYM-FM, KXTX-FM, KXTN-FM and KEDA. The Krayolas have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Whad’ Ya Know?” with Michael Feldman, NBC News and in Texas Monthly, Pollstar, BMI Music World, Action Magazine, No Depression and the Village Voice.

The Krayolas return to SXSW 2013 with a new No. 1 album -- "Canicas/Marbles," featuring the Buddy Holly-inspired powerpop remake of the Ramones classsic "I Wanna Be You Boyfriend" and the epic tour de force corrido "Tony Tormenta (The Ballad of Tony the Storm)."

In 2012, the Krayolas first digital album “Tex-Mex 21st Century” released exclusively through as a free download was ranked No. 1 on its Latin Digital Albums chart for an unprecedented 24 weeks, as well as reaching No. 1 on Amazon’s International Digital Album chart and No. 13 on its Top Digital Albums chart. For five straight years, The Krayolas have performed official showcases at South By Southwest Music, Film & Interactive Conference.

The Krayolas new single “Under One Roof” with Flaco Jimenez is an anthem for the times. It’s available exclusively as a free download from

Lyrically, it lands on the hopeful side of the band’s no-border politics following nationally-acclaimed songs that reinvent the corrido for the 21st century — “Corrido Twelve Heads in a Bag,” “Americano,” “Home,” “1070? and “Alex.”

“Under One Roof” is intended as a tribute to the Woody Guthrie spirit of “This Land Is Your Land” in this 100th birthday anniversary year of the iconic folk protest singer. Additionally, the involvement of Grammy-winning legend Flaco Jimenez — a musician that the Smithsonian Institution ranks with Woody Guthrie, Louie Armstrong and Leadbelly — lends a South Texas flavor to the beautifully understated arrangement.

The populist B-side “The Working People” is a special treat. In these hard times and era of the Occupy Wallstreet movement, “The Working People” is timely — and timeless. Flaco plays on this one, too.

The Krayolas sing in English and Spanish, but mostly in English on hits like “Catherine,” “Little Fox” and “Fruteria.” Come sing along with the one and only Tex-Mex Beatles.

"One of the American Pop Underground's best-kept secrets for more than three decades" - Mark Deming, All Music Guide

"Doug Sahm-like strength that not only crosses borders, but binds cultures" - Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle

"As close as you get to The Who sing Bob Dylan" - Dave Marsh, Kick Out the Jams

"The most San Antonio-sounding pop artist since Sir Doug himself" - Joe Nick Patoski, Marfa Public Radio