"I love Louis Pasteur's famous quote: 'Chance favors the prepared mind.' I find that song ideas tend to come from working at them. They don't tend to fall out of thin air for me. That said, I find myself following creative paths that are most inspirational and fun. It doesn't always feel like work."
Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na), makes his living playing his unique blend of blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz both with his band and as a solo performer. In addtion to many tours of the central and southwestern United States with his band, Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica Hinds, and BB&'s daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque, NM, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then Tijerina has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, Walk This Road in 2009, Meant To Be in 2010 and Shine On in 2014 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.
Having majored in Peace Studies in college and, upon graduating, spent two years working as a full time volunteer, Todd's songwriting often incorporates messages about his experiences and his passion for social justice. A perfect example is "Get In Line" which won first prize in an ACLU voting rights songwriting competition in 2012.
In addition to the message, his music is unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "Tijerina's newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.
The Todd Tijerina Band is a force to experience first hand. As Rima Ralph of the Taos News states, "his inherent sense of the groove is so strong and insistent that to sit unmoving through his performances is inconceivable."
Getting to know that special someone’s hidden side is what makes relationships so meaningful.
Who hasn’t felt love’s burning desire?
This song was written for all those who expose and fight systematized greed and oppression, those unsung heroes who work towards the dream of a more just world.
This song won an ACLU voter rights songwriting competition in 2012 and asserts that showing up at the polls and electing leaders who represent the common voter is the best way to fight vote suppression.
Meant To Be is about living in the present moment... and yes, the rumors are true. This song was inspired by dogs. Dogs are wonderful at modeling how to live in the present moment.
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Probably either Bruce Springsteen, Bon Dylan or Bruce Cockburn. Would have been wonderful to witness a day in the life of Woody Guthrie.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
No answer provided.
3: What was the worst advice?
"Establish a career outside of music and hone your craft on the side."
4: What was your first concert?
Washington DC -- a house concert in 1991. I was playing guitar & percussion in the exhiled Salvadoran band, OnceNoviembre.
5: What/where is the best road food?
La Mexicana: a roadside bus in Leadville, CO that serves outstanding, authentic Mexican burritos. My band mates and I always eagerly anticipate the wonderful food when touring that route.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"Don't ever give up."
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
My Dad -- surprising in that he's neither a musician nor a songwriter. His example of hardwork and dedication have served me well in my musical endeavors.