What does Javier Trejo’s music sound like? It depends on the audience. Whether playing ska and reggae for thousands of festival-goers or crooning country & western ballads to an after-work blue-collar crowd, Trejo’s sound is distinctive and original. He is a singers’ singer, and a songwriters’ songwriter. Javier Trejo embodies what it is to be a Mexican growing up in the Midwest. Javier Trejo’s music is Mexican/Americana.
Singer/songwriter Javier Trejo was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico and raised on St. Paul, Minnesota’s west side. Trejo’s musical influences range from old-school country and Tejano music to R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll. His self-titled album presents Bossa Pop original songs inspired by the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerry Garcia, Manu Chao, Arto Lindsay, Flaming Lips, David Gray, and RL Burnside. His songs transcend genres to create an intimate sound that seduces the listener.
“Guitarist, singer, and songsmith Javier Trejo, one of the finest talents around the Twin Cities….Whenever, wherever he plays, in whatever context, one constant is his ungodly guitar skill, smart songwriting, and powerfully emotive vocals.” -Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Guitar man and singer/songwriter Javier Trejo does vintage, dyed-in-the-wool San Francisco rock and is pretty damned good at it, ranging from sensual acoustic music to state-of-the-art ballsy fare, all of it enriched by a sinewy, Latin aesthetic.” -Pulse of the Twin Cities
“Javier is an expert guitar player. There are many out there that can play all the notes, Javier only plays the ones he has to. That is what sets him apart from the rest of the pack. He is one of the best Twin Cities guitar players out there, a true artist.” -Blue Monday Monthly Magazine
“Javier Trejo has an incredible voice and put together a great band to match: high energy, versatile Americana worthy of any honky-tonk, festival or theater you can name.” – Charlie Parr
Trejo is a five-time Minnesota Music Award winner in the catagory for “Best Reggae Band” for his work in the New Primitives. He has recorded three full length CDs, five EPs and a DVD.
He has recorded on Molly Mahers’ “Balms of Gilead,” a Minnesota Music Award-winning Album, and White Iron Bands’ “Take it Off the Top.”
Trejo has opened for such legendary acts as: Taj Mahal, The Wailers, The Neville Brothers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Brother and the Holding Company, Particle, Karl Denson, Eyedea and Abilities, Trampled by Turtles, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Hot Buttered Rum, Raul Malo, Jesse Dayton, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Jason Aldean, Heidi Newfield, and Dale Watson.
“Take my guitar away from me and lock me in a room with no one, and I will still be a musician.” -Javier Trejo