Others may qualify but the paradigm, the ones who basically started this are Raul Malo and The Mavericks (totally descriptive name). Been doing this for 30 years, Gringo recording history going back 24. It's too limiting to call them "country"--they blend rockabilly, Tejano, Cubano, whatever Raul comes up with AND country to make "Maverick music". A Wiki (what a long, strange road it's been): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mavericks and Site: http://www.themavericksband.com/ Here's their discog of magnificence: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-m...59/discography << throw the dart anywhere and hit a winner. Take a look at this DVD: http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-i...d-mw0001367507 Raul Malo broke up the band and went solo for 1/2 decade but they are back together now (Mr. Malo's solo stuff: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/raul-...27/discography << Look at his critical/fan ratings!).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqbLDQblLVw << This music speaks for itself--dip in anywhere from this list
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cos9y6Mfv6s << great demo of how they mix elements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ursC7ZiQvxI << classic country tune, "Maverized"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_AeLQJeTd0 << tough song,tough vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zsAKJYBHyE << a rompin', stompin' version of this classic--the soloists aren't just playing--they are invested.
Raul Malo solo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1HiMNuU6F8 << Standing O on this Marty Robbins classic. Especial poignance because it's a Latino singing? Your call...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O17jD6K1uY4 << a cautionary tale...nice pix though
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OULwTgPsQ6Y << If you can find a better version of this song, let me know--I'll be forever in your debt.
BONUS: the re-formed Mavs in New Orleans--1 blissy hour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw7RUQFVWWI