This month Mark visits with Hirth Martinez, considered by many as Chicano music’s best kept secret. He is a world-class singer/songwriter and guitarist. His career as a solo recording artist began with a helping hand from Bob Dylan. His songs have been covered by the likes of Carly Simon, Paul Butterfield, Manfred Mann, and Julio Iglesias. He’s performed and recorded with some of the greats of our time. In the biography of the Band called “Across the Great Divide” by Barney Hoskyns, Bob Dylan is quoted as describing Hirth as “extraordinary.” Dylan also once described Hirth as a cross between Howling Wolf and Dave Brubeck. During the sixties, he worked as a guitarist with Latin artists Don Tosti, Joe Loco, and Sal Chico, jazz artists including Art Pepper and Joe Pass, and toured with the great Ray Charles. Check out Mark’s riveting interview with Hirth’s lifetime of music and performances. For a complete biography of Hirth and his works be sure to visit Mark’s essay at: https://latinopia.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=36735&action=edit.