Texas-born wandering troubadour Michael "Mijail" Martinez joins forces with expert musicians from both the old-time and tejano traditions to make The Cantina Ramblers. 

 Born in the heart of Texas and raised in rural New York- the San Antonio-based singer-songwriter lives in blended worlds. He reconciles his family story with music. Wielding a Spanish guitar and three-row accordion, he weaves elements of Americana and Latin folk music  to create unique songs with strong roots.

 Michael Martinez began his career as a teenaged street-performer- pulled to sing in Mexican restaurants and for local labor organizers and community associations.


Migrant workers in the cornfields and vineyards of the Finger Lakes as well as grad students and professors would hear his repetoire.  He later began to drift around the country and the world.

Singing a range of styles: rancheras, Country classics, Cajun staples and old flamenco songs.

He has been spotted on stages in theaters, in cantinas, house shows, and street-corners and subway tunnels from NYC to Barcelona; Mexico City to New Orleans.


His demo EP “Carnaval Blues en Nueva York” is available on all platforms. 


His first album "In Terms of Print and Color is set to be released in fall of 2023 and includes Grammy-award winning Tejano musicians of "Los Texmaniacs" and local talent from the Finger Lakes of New York and San Antonio Texas. 


Nacido en Texas y crecido en Nueva York, Mijail Martínez— cantante y compositor que vive en diversos mundos. Armado con una guitarra  y una ardiente pasión para la poesía, ha tocado en el metro, en la calle, en cantinas, y en teatros desde NYC, Barcelona, Ciudad de México, New Orleans, hasta San Antonio Texas. Junto con su grupo The Cantina Ramblers, crea canciones en inglés, francés, y espańol y da presentaciones que cabe en un escenario íntimo igual que en una sala de baile. Dulzura y fuego abundan como explora con sus canciones el amor, la muerte, el deseo, la sensualidad, y la soledad, en la tradición de un trovador ambulante, siempre mirando al horizonte. Su debut, “Carnaval Blues en Nueva York” está disponible en todas plataformas




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