La Alondra de la Frontera

For decades, Mexican-American vocalist Lydia Mendoza has been known by her legion of fans, from both sides of the border, as La Alondra de la Frontera (The Lark of the Border).

For decades, Mexican-American vocalist Lydia Mendoza has been known by her legion of fans, from both sides of the border, as La Alondra de la Frontera (The Lark of the Border). This never-before-released live set—recorded in '82 at the University of California, Berkeley—puts the spotlight firmly on Mendoza and her 12-string guitar, which is all that's needed for an outstanding evening of Tejano music. Mendoza has a lovely voice and a gift for conveying the emotional drama of a lyric, but her vocals are more than gorgeous. Her voice is the sound of the Tex-Mex world. No one has garnered more fame singing the border styles—corridos, rancheras, boleros, canciones. In the 16 songs featured here, we have a compelling remembrance of Mendoza at the apex of her career, in command of a repertoire that took a lifetime to master.—PVV