Stars of the musical world endorse Buckley mariachi film

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Selected endorsements from the mariachi and broader musical worlds


Linda Ronstadt with her dad, Gilbert Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt with her dad, Gilbert Ronstadt

“Dan Buckley knows this material inside and out, backwards and forward.

He was on the scene when the Changuitos Feos and the first mariachi conferences began in Tucson and has had a chance to witness over a long period of time the positive effect it has had on aspiring youth in our communities.

I can’t think of anyone who could tell this important story with more authority and integrity.”


Linda Ronstadt



Joey Burns of Calexico

Joey Burns of Calexico

“The Mariachi music scene in Tucson Arizona has been a massive influence for me personally and with our music group Calexico. Daniel Buckley has been there consistently for so many years documenting, attending and helping bring people together in celebrating one of Tucson’s most cherished cultural and familial treasures. Let’s help Daniel and everyone make this film a testament to the love and appreciation for our community’s Mariachi heritage and tradition.”


Joey Burns, Calexico



Randy Carrillo, Mariachi Cobre

Randy Carrillo, Mariachi Cobre

“I have known Dan professionally for close to 30 years. First while at the Tucson Citizen, as a music critic he covered Mariachi Cobre’s performances, TV appearances, recordings and tour with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. He has covered the Tucson International Mariachi Conference since the beginning and chronicled many important collaborations. His idea of researching and documenting the birth and chronology of mariachi music and mariachi groups throughout the United States is an important and worthwhile musicological effort in which I support Dan.”


Randy Carrillo, Director, Mariachi Cobre



“As a member and advocate of the mariachi community in Tucson, it is refreshing to find an ally and voice in Daniel Buckley to tell our story. He genuinely feels a connection to the people whose stories must be told. He realizes an exceptional value that we Hispanics sometimes take for granted. It takes this sensitivity, this appreciation for cultural values that makes Daniel Buckley so gifted at documenting the most amazing aspects of our culture, our history, our accomplishments. His documentaries continue to honor our ancestors. Their story of sacrifice must be told and retold to re-enforce and preserve our human cultural values for future generations.”


Ruben Moreno, Mariachi Luz de Luna/mariachi educator

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~ by Daniel Buckley on June 5, 2013.

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