Biography

Brave Combo is a polka/rock band based in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/keyboardist/accordionist Carl Finch, they have been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for over twenty-five years. Their music, both originals and covers, incorporates a number of dance styles, mostly polka, but also rhumba, cha-cha-cha, choro, samba, two-step, cumbia, charanga, merengue, etc. As part of their perceived artistic mission to expand the musical tastes of their listeners, they have often played and recorded covers of well-known songs in a style radically different from the original versions. Examples include polka versions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and The Doors’ “People are Strange”, The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” as a cha-cha, and Sixteen Tons as a cumbia. While their records may have a sense of humor, they are played straight and not usually considered joke or novelty records.

They won a Grammy award in 1999 in the Polka album category for their album Polkasonic, and again in 2005 for their album Let’s Kiss.

Edited by celexicdream on 4 May 2013, 06:43

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Formed in
  • 1979
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  • Denton, Texas

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