Talented, versatile and inspiring, the power couple of accordionist/producer/arranger Joel Guzman and singer/songwriter Sarah Fox has been one of the most prolific and influential duos in Central and South Texas. Their field of musical expertise runs the gamut from Alt.Country to Texas Conjunto. Together and separately they have collaborated and performed with a galaxy of top stars including the late Stephen Bruton, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Los Super Seven, Buddy Miller, Ricki Lee Jones, Joe Ely, and Los Lobos.
Joel Guzman, considered by many to be a accordion prodigy, was born and raised in Washington State. He learned to play the accordion from father Lupe Guzman, a bajo sexto player who was originally from Texas. Joel eventually returned to his family’s Texas roots after being discovered by Little Joe y La Familia during a west coast tour. The Texas legend recruited Joel to play keyboards and accordion. In 1982, Joel relocated to Austin, Texas and Fox and Guzman begin experimenting with many different music hybrids co-leading several bands; Motion, Trocadero, and Human Touch. Guzman began to expand his skill set by producing several popular Tejano acts; Ram Herrera, Ruben Ramos, and The Latin Breed.
Sarah Fox, born and bred in Texas, grew up listening to a wide variety of music. With a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, Sarah was exposed to the best of several worlds including top artists in Salsa, Ranchera, Blues, and Gospel music. Sarah is an accomplished bi-lingual singer and songwriter who began writing at the age of nine. She has composed many of the songs on the duo’s varied CD projects and various soundtracks.
Their discography includes the 2000 release, Short Stories (Hightone Records), by their group, Aztex, which was produced by Los Lobos’ studio wiz, Steve Berlin. That CD mixed folk and jazz and included several original tunes by Sarah. In 2005, they released the Tejano/Conjunto music album Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones (Guzman Fox Records). The album featured guests David Lee Garza and Sunny Sauceda, and showcased classic conjunto folk tunes and polkas. Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones went on to win the Latin Grammy and the American Grammy in their respective best Tejano album category.
2006's "Latinology," written and produced by team of Guzman and Fox. The collection of mostly Fox-penned originals features a mix of rhythms from Gospel and Jazz, to Blues and a touch of Latin Rock. The CD features special guests Stephen Bruton, Jon Dee Graham and Mark Towns on guitars.
Their spectacular CD, Conjuntazzo, was nominated for Best Tejano album at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards.
Today Guzman's work can be found on the latest works of performing artists such as Jackie Green, Ricky Lee Jones, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, as well as the Grammy winning Crazy Heart Soundtrack. Guzman and Fox's newest recording, Alt.Country/Acoustic Soul project entitled "One Love" is due in February 2012.