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Proudly representing their beloved Tierra Caliente, La Dinastia de Tuzantla, Michoacan boast three decades of longevity and a large discography. Known as "La Reina del Sentimiento Ranchero" ("the Kings of Sentimental Ranchero"), they hail from the city of Tuzantla in Michoacan, Mexico. La Dinastia are a family-run group and one of few professional acts to emerge from this region. La Dinastia's modus operandi is based on the great sense of responsibility they felt to present the traditional music of Tierra Caliente not only in their region, but to a greater Mexican listening audience. The road to success wasn't easy. They formed in 1987, envisioning a sound that adhered to tradition but expanded on it with a horn section as well as folk instruments. To assemble the necessary equipment, they turned to local promoter Arturo García, who became their benefactor, purchasing new instruments and microphones in exchange for the group's future performances. La Dinastia rehearsed for the better part of five years. Promoted by Garcia, they began playing local shows and established an exciting and authoritative stage presence and energy that proved infectious to crowds. They were soon playing to ever larger audiences at public events and festivals throughout the region. La Dinastia de Tuzantla, Michoacan recorded a handful of self-issued cassettes in 1995 and 1996 -- later released by Ara -- and continued to issue new and live material throughout the rest of the decade. The group signed with Universal in 2001. Their label debut Guiados por el Cielo, appeared in 2003 and sold respectably, even as their tours sold out. As the band's discography grew, so did its recognition and industry clout. Their 2005 production, En Vivo, landed the number seven spot on Billboard's Regional Mexican charts and number 17 in the much broader Top Latin Albums category; it eventually peaked at number seven on the Hot Latin Albums chart. It was followed that same year by the only slightly less popular Especialmente Para Ti... Romantica. Their 2007 production, Es Grande, featured the hit single "Te Quiero Para Mi," which dominated popular radio throughout Mexico and the American Southwest for months after its release. Later that year, Que Chulada! appeared. The band toured hard behind both records, playing Mexico and the Southwestern United States. While 2009's Somos Mucha... Dinastia! didn't chart, its singles received excellent radio attention and their videos racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Their compilations of early material and live recordings from tours sold as well as their studio efforts. La Dinastia moved first to Universal's Disa imprint for 2011's Te Seguiré, and to its Toledo label for 2013's joyous Dos Lágrimas y un Tequila. Two hits collections, 2014's Historia... Mis Éxitos and 2015's 20 Exitos Calentanos (the latter on the Discos America label) placed well on several Latin streaming charts. 2016's De Mi Corazon Para Tu Corazon, ran up the traditional Mexican Music streaming charts, landing at number three. La Dinastia de Tuzantla's tours remained sold-out affairs even as the Latin music industry changed around them. Late in the year, the act moved labels once again, this time to Morena. Las Canciones de Mis Viejos was released in early 2017. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez