Texas Country Reporter turns fifty in October 2022. Each week until then, we’ll share classic episodes from the show’s history and behind-the-scenes reflections from TCR’s hosts, Bob and Kelli Phillips.

Texas Country Reporter stories come to us in a variety of ways.  A common scenario is while Bob is driving to our next story, I am sitting next to him, scouring the internet for stories that capture the passion a person has for whatever they are doing. That’s what happened in 2015 when I ran across an article in a small-town newspaper about “Chito” Martiarena. We called our producer immediately and asked him to meet us in Del Rio, Texas.

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