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Tish Hinojosa

with special guest Michael G. Ronstadt

Wednesday, October 23, 2024

Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

Tish Hinojosa

  • Americana
  • Country
  • Singer/Songwriter

Tickets will be on sale to the public 7/25 at noon. On sale to all Passim members 7/18 at noon.  On sale to All Access Passim members 7/11 at noon.

Tish Hinojosa

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Singer-Songwriter Leticia “Tish” Hinojosa was born on December 6, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas to Mexican immigrant parents. She is the youngest of thirteen siblings. Professing a longstanding interest in music, Hinojosa began performing at an early age. She has released 16 albums between 1987 and 2024 in English and Spanish in a variety of musical genres such as folk, country, pop and Latino. Hinojosa’s interest in cultural diversity is a recurrent theme in both her work and her personal life, and is expressed not only through her award-winning cross-cultural musical productions but also in her volunteer work with several humanitarian organizations and causes.

Tish left San Antonio in 1979, moving to northern New Mexico where she honed her songwriting and singing skills and worked as back-up singer for country artist, Michael Martin Murphey. She also lived for a period in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time, she worked as a demo singer for Mel Tillis’ publishing company. She eventually settled in Austin, Texas in 1988 where she was welcomed by Austin’s vibrant live music scene.

In 1987 Hinojosa recorded her first self-released album, “Taos To Tennessee”. After her move to Austin, she was signed to A&M Records and released her first internationally acclaimed record “Homeland”. The song “Donde Voy” (Where I Go), earned quadruple platinum status in South Korea. In 1992, she signed with Rounder records, releasing five albums with that label. “Culture Swing” was named Folk Album of The Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributers (NAIRD). “Cada Niño”, a bilingual (Spanish-English) children’s record won the prestigious “Parent’s Choice Gold Award” in 1996. Other records on this label are “Frontejas” a collection of original and traditional Spanish language songs celebrating the Texas-Mexican border, “Sign of Truth”, and a live record, “The Best of Tish Hinojosa Live”, recorded at one of Austin’s premier listening rooms “The Cactus Café” on The University of Texas campus in 2002.

In between her time at A&M and Rounder Records, Tish recorded with Austin based “Watermelon Records”, releasing her popular Spanish language live record “Aquella Noche” (That Certain Night), and the Christmas themed “Memorabilia Navideña”, re-released later in 2002 as “From Texas For a Christmas Night” on the New West record label.

In 1994, Tish signed with Warner Brothers Records in Nashville and produced two albums alongside acclaimed producer Jim Ed Norman – “Destiny’s Gate” and the bilingual and all Spanish “Dreaming from The Labyrinth”/ “Soñar Del Laberinto”. In addition to an active recording and touring schedule, Hinojosa appeared on multiple television broadcasts including the ABC TV special of the Alma Awards in which she was an honoree and performed duets with Dwight Yoakam and Kenny Loggins. She also made three separate appearances on PBS’s “Austin City Limits”, appeared on Good Morning America, on ONYX TV in Germany, WDR TV Germany, SWR TV Switzerland, and VPRO TV Netherlands.

Hinojosa’s humanitarian works include serving as spokesperson for both The National Latino Children’s Agenda and The National Association of Bilingual Education, and was active with The United Farmworkers of America. Tish also performed at The White House by invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Hinojosa was married to entertainment attorney Craig Barker from 1982 to 1999. Barker managed her career and filled in as bass player in her band. The couple have two children, Adam Craig Barker, born in Nashville in 1984, and Maria Cristina Barker (Nina), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1987. Tish lived in Hamburg, Germany, from 2005-2013. While there, she recorded three albums, “A Heart Wide Open”, “Our Little Planet”, and “After the Fair”, and continued touring throughout Europe and the U.S.

In 2018, Tish recorded an album entitled “West”. In 2019, she was inducted into “The Texas Institute of Letters” – the second singer-songwriter after Willie Nelson to achieve that honor. Tish and her husband, Lynn Nixon, divide their time between Austin, Texas, and Tubac, Arizona. She continues to write, record and tour. She enjoys spending time with her large extended family in San Antonio, with her children, and five grandchildren.

Hinojosa continues to support Humanitarian, Bilingual, and cultural causes, particularly Hispanic cultural causes through her performances and participation in school and cultural outreach programs.

Michael G. Ronstadt

  • cello
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Musician Michael G. Ronstadt has traversed a wide range of musical styles from singer-songwriter, folk, jazz, classical, Americana to new age. Ronstadt displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics, as well as instrumental work. In addition to his solo and group recordings with Ronstadt Brothers, Trotta & Ronstadt, Serenity Fisher & The Cardboard Hearts, Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt, he is a much sought-after studio musician, who has appeared on more than 200 albums in the last 20 years. Michael has recorded in studios across the United States in Philadelphia, Tucson, Phoenix, Nashville, New York City, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Germany & North Wales (UK).

His versatile work has been tapped for studio and concert work by such artists as David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Murial Anderson and Craig Bickhardt (SKB). He has opened up for artists like Ruthie Foster, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Neil Young, Death Cab For Cutie, Smashing Pumpkins and Josh Groban. He has toured and performed with the late, great Rick Rosas (Crazy Horse) and Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam). His performances have been heard at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Elko, NV), Philadelphia Folk Festival, San Diego Sail Festival, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Common Ground On The Hill Music Festival, and Tucson Folk Festival to name a few.

Michael holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Yehuda Hanani. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Arizona under Nancy Green and Nelzimar Neves. Michael regularly premiers new works by modern composers such as Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred, Kenneth Stewart, Michael Ippolito, and his own compositions. He is co-founder of Shaken Earth Media, which sells instrumental sheet music and original instrumental recordings.

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