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Behind the scenes on the Tish Hinojosa story

Picking up the pieces

Tish Hinojosa performs at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for their summer music program.
By Nancy Flores

After singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa was included this year in an Austin History Center exhibit focusing on trailblazing Latina musicians, called “Latinas in the Shadow of the Live Music Capital of the World,” I began looking at the list of honorees and wondering, ‘What ever happened to Tish Hinojosa?’

In late 1990s and early 2000s, when I was in college, I remember hearing her name everywhere. After covering the Latin music scene in Austin for the past three years, I hadn’t heard much about any recent music. Was she still performing?

Here was this trailblazing musicians who broke barriers and paved a path for a new generation of Austin singer/songwriters, and news about her had mostly gone quiet — except for an album she released in fall 2013 about Germany. Germany? I started doing some more digging, and found that the once prolifiic Tish Hinojosa had been living in Hamburg, Germany for nearly a decade and recently returned to Austin.

I imagined she must be going through a big transition, especially since the gigs she was playing at were significantly smaller than the old shows she used to play. Plus a lot has changed in Austin’s live music scene in the last 10 years.

I wanted to know more, and knew her longtime fans would too. In the process of reporting this Tish Hinojosa story, I found that it wasn’t just a story about music or an influential musician. It was a story of how to pick up the pieces when you’ve gone through a difficult time. That’s what Tish was doing after many bumps in Germany.

The more I talked to her, the more I realized why audiences everywhere connect with her. She’s been on stages all over the world, but still is a Tejana at heart. Open, friendly and inspiring. It was my privilege to share her moving story with all those fans who also wondered where their beloved Tish had gone.

Enjoy listening to some music from throughout Tish’s storied career:

 

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