"The essential quality of bachata is amargue - literally, bitterness. But it can be a nostalgic, melancholic pain that makes you feel better, like the blues, or what in Portuguese is called saudade"
- Ned Sublette
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit.
Celebrating his recent 86th birthday, the Dominican Republic’s veteran sonero, Puerto Plata, returns with his new album, “Casita de Campo,” a glorious selection of classic love songs and lilting dance numbers composed during the repressive regime of the dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1960).
Bachata Roja: Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era is the first ever compilation of classic Dominican bachata. From the early 1960’s to the late 1980’s the legendary voices of Eladio Romero Santos, Leonardo Paniagua and Blas Duran spoke to the hearts of a generation.
In 2007, at age 84, Puerto Plata launched his critically acclaimed debut, “Mujer de Cabaret.” The album takes you back to the golden age of Dominican guitar music. Its sones, boleros and merengues are a testament to a time gone but not forgotten, of serenades, carousing and revelry.
Super Uba's album, Tierra Lejana, is a tribute to the classic acoustic guitar style of the Dominican Republic. The album was recorded live and mixed minimally - to give a more raw, natural, and musical sound.