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August 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
. The Ector Theatre , Odessa [All Ages]
Ramiro “Ram” Herrera is a smooth-voiced, award-winning Tejano singer and songwriter, who is not only a staple on the Texas music scene but is considered one of its legends. He has received a Tejano Music Award as Male Entertainer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Tejano Music Association. He began his professional career with David Lee Garza y Los Musicales in 1980 and appeared on the albums Cuatro Caminos (1981), Todavia No Me Muero(1982), and Especialmente Para Ti (1983). The following year, he left and started his own band, Ramiro Herrera y Montana, with whom he recorded two albums — Que Lindo Es el Amor and Rosas Para una Rosas. Impressive regional airplay and a compelling live show resulted in Herrerasigning to Sony. His solo debut, Most Wanted Man, was not only his first in English, it went gold; it is a classic in the Tejano canon. His third solo album, 1989’s The Outlaw, followed suit and his band was renamed the Outlaws.
For the next 15 years, Herrera recorded almost annually and shared stages with a wide range of performers including Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Selena — she opened for him at a rodeo in one of her early shows; video of the performance was captured and included in the documentary Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lourdes Portillo.
Herrera‘s musical range is impressive. His recordings and shows include everything from cumbias, rancheras, and power ballads to salsa, Latin, and roots rock & roll. His 2010 album, Ungrateful, was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Herrera is also involved in a vast number of charitable organizations and won a Humanitarian Award for his involvement; it was presented to him by Texas governor Ann Richards. His most recent compilation, Solo Hits, was issued by EMI in November 2016.