Patricia Vonne

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In Patricia Vonne, the land that gave birth to legends as disparate as Townes [Van Zandt] and Stevie Ray has birthed what may turn out to be another.

There's no pigeonholing her "alluring" debut album, with a voice as strong, lush, supple and endlessly listenable, Vonne blends her spirited Tex-Mex musical roots with splashes of rock, country and blues as well as the corridas and rancheras of her Mexican heritage.

A bilingual tour-de-force that melds eclectic with electric and exudes elegance seldom associated with rock.