Inquiring Minds

Joe King Carrasco's Life Is One Long Party Weekend

The best one-word descriptor for Joe King Carrasco? After a 20-minute phoner with the Sultan of Tex-Mex music, Rocks Off is going with ebullient.

Something in Carrasco's upbeat, positive ramblings signal that he doesn't do much that isn't fun and interesting.

"Man, I've been so lucky," says Carrasco, who dropped out of music school at UT-Austin to play music and live in tiny Puerto Escondido, Mex., where the living was easy and a trash bag full of mountain-grown sinsamilla cost a hundred pesos.

"I thought I really wanted to go to music school and get a music degree, but what I found I really wanted to do was just be a musician.

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