Two of NM’s finest musicians play close to home
Bernie Romero and Tommy Delgadillo can make a listener proud to be a part of a vibrant and diverse New Mexican culture. They perform and play a variety of mixed music, such as country western, Spanish, polkas, boleros and mostly rancheros, for audiences of all ages.
Romero was born and grew up in San Antonio, and Delgadillo was born and grew up in Socorro. Music plays a huge part in both of their lives, and growing up with music in the house was only the beginning.
“Music is the best flavor of life,” Romero said. “I enjoy it from the heart, it’s what counts.”
Delgadillo and Romero have been performing together for 30 to 40 years and met each other through their inspirational, classic and New Mexico culture-based music. Romero and Delgadillo not only sing, they also play string instruments. Romero plays guitar, and Delgadillo plays the requinto, which is a small guitar, piano, accordion, harp and bass. Delgadillo said his father was a musician and so was his grandma, so it was passed down from one generation to the next. They do some traveling to nearby cities in the state, and also do traditional Spanish music for weddings, funerals, mantanzas and family parties.
“We also sing corridas, or ballads,” Romero said. “They are about real life experiences.”
Romero said his inspiration is his mother because she sang beautifully and was the first person he sang a duet with. Delgadillo credits his inspiration to his father, who also played guitar.
“Keep the tradition in the Spanish and western world of music, whichever culture (the music) comes from,” Romero said.
Bernie and Tommy play at Sophia’s Kitchen and El Camino Real Family restaurant weekly. They can also be found at the Capitol Bar on some Friday evenings.