A Journey to Advocate for Freddy Fender’s Country Music Legacy

Veronique Medrano
June 5, 2024
Tejano Nation

The story of Freddy Fender starts in the bars & cantinas of Deep South Texas. How much further south can you go in Texas? Well this story takes place in a small cluster of towns in Texas neighboring the U.S.-Mexican border known as the Rio Grande Valley. It may be a river delta, but here, in the town of San Benito, Texas, is where we find Baldemar Huerta, the man who would later be known as Freddy Fender.

A split image showing the same male musician at two different times. On the left, in black and white, he plays guitar while singing. On the right, in color, he sings into a microphone, older, with gray hair.
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