The Orchard is happy to announce our acquisition of the Talking Taco catalogue. Talking Taco, the work of Ben Tavera King and his late wife, Vickie, began in 1985 with Native American flute releases that were sold to gift shops in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The label expanded to include a large variety of Latin American guitar releases and Spanish-language choral music. In 2010, Talking Taco expanded into cross-cultural releases such as Healing Flute Chakras, and these releases have consistently been among the Top 10 in The World/New Age categories at iTunes and Amazon. Relaxing titles such as Native American Flute – Sleep Music and 80 Minutes of Reiki Music have remained at the top of these charts, and a second volume for each of these will hit your pillow in December 2013.
There are many niches in the digital music world, and each is quite saturated given the unlimited shelf space available. The Kings and Talking Taco has done what most cannot — they have found a way to create new music in a genre in which it’s easy to blend into the crowd, that has risen to the top of heap.
The Dallas-based Ben Tavera King, a respected guitarist in his own right who has recorded for Folkways and Vanguard, will continue to develop new projects with The Orchard as part of an ongoing production deal. Check out Ben’s Folkways record, Border Crossings: New Directions in Tex-Mex Music, on Rdio, which was profiled by NPR in 2011.