California band’s song pays tribute to El Paso’s resilience after Walmart attack

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A California band with ties to El Paso releases a country song in tribute to El Paso and its resilience as the one-year anniversary of the Walmart shooting approaches.

Los Niteliters will release “El Paso Strong” on July 31 on various streaming services, including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and YouTube.

“It’s that national story of what happened there last year that stuck with us. We’re a band, but we all have families, kids…” the lead singer said. Jesús “Chuy” Covarrubias in a telephone interview.

Covarrubias said he was particularly touched by the story of André and Jordan Anchondo, who died protecting their baby, Paul Anchondo.

A few months ago, Covarrubias started writing a song to honor the community of El Paso.

“I was reading about what happened in El Paso and how the community came together, and that’s what the song is about: the healing power of a community coming together and what that means,” did he declare.

Covarrubias said he didn’t want to refer to the tragedy or any specific person, but rather tell the story of a family who crossed the Rio Grande and spent 30 years in El Paso, where they raised their children and survived by being part of a close-knit community. The chorus is “El Paso Strong”.

“I want to celebrate the healing power of community. And when people come together and support each other, something magical happens….. We try to capture that kind of emotion and the heartfelt sense of what means being a community,” he added.

Covarrubias said the group plans to contribute some of the revenue from the song to a scholarship fund for 1-year-old Paul Anchondo. He said he had been in contact with one of the child’s grandmothers, Brenda Anchondo.

Los Niteliters of San Jose, California recorded a song, El Paso Strong.  The song will be released on July 31 on a variety of streaming services.

The band, originally from the Bay Area, has been making music for more than three decades and has released three albums. Members include Joe Olguin, drums; Charlie Montoya, from El Paso, who plays bajo sexto and guitar; Albert Garcia, accordion and percussion; Bobby Espinoza, bass guitar; and Joaquin Covarrubias, trumpet.

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María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; mcortes@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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