Los Rieleros del Norte

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Los Rieleros Del Norte ("Railers of the North") is a Mexican norteño band. It was formed in Ojinaga, Chihuahua in 1979 and later moved to Texas, and remains one of the oldest norteño bands still active today (Los Tigres del Norte, Los Huracanes del Norte,and Conjunto Rio Grande has been around longer). The band's name, "Los Rieleros" was based on work that some members did on the railroads of Chihuahua, Mexico. Unlike many other norteño bands, the Rieleros del Norte use both the saxophone and accordion in their music, creating a dual-instrument hybrid, distinct from other norteño bands. All original members of the band are natives of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, a town which has been a hotbed of norteño development and from which many other saxophone-norteño bands originate. The band now resides in El Paso, Texas

Currently, the band's leader is Daniel Esquivel; other members include: Daniel Esquivel Jr., playing the accordion, Javier Esquivel, playing electric bass, Alfredo Esquivel, playing drums, Eugenio "Pemo" González, playing the saxophone, Rogelio Martinez Bajo Sexto and Bajo Sexto. In the past, Polo Urías was the band's lead singer, but he left to form his own musical group, Polo Urías y su Maquina Norteña. Several years ago, the Rieleros ensemble had two bajo sexto players, one of which was Manolo Morales, but he also left to found his own band, los Rieles. Los Rieleros del Norte also helped form La Maquinaria Nortena which features 3 former members of the Polo Urias band. They also inspired Esquivel's singer/songwriter and producer cousin, Isac Esquivel, to join Sonic Ranch Studios, along with Christopher Schoemann and Christopher M. Carzoli.

Los Rieleros del Norte have recorded many albums over the years. They include Estampida Norteña, Prieta Orgullosa, Aventura Pasada, and many other albums which have now become classics in regional Mexican music. Among their many songs, "El Columpio", "Te Quiero Mucho." "Amor Prohibido", "No le Digas a Nadie", "En la Puerta de Esa Casa", "Una Aventura" and "Copa Sin Vino" are just some of their many singles which have topped the Mexican music billboards. Sobre los Rieles was released in September 2004, featuring the hit "Tu Nuevo Cariñito". In July 2005, Que el Mundo Ruede was released as the Rieleros' newest album. In 2006 Siempre Imitado Jamas Igualado was released featuring the song Voy a llorar por ti, and on June 26, 2007 their new album Ven Y Dime 25 anos was released featuring the single Un Juego. On May 27, 2008 a new release of their latest work will be out featuring A punto de llorar which has already hit the radio and making a huge hit

The actual founder of the band and its name is subject to controversy. Many fans have assumed that it was bassist Manalo Morales, but that is probably not the case. Current leader Daniel Esquivel and Manolo Morales himself reportedly denied this in a morning radio show called "Piolin por la mañana," acknowledging that Manuel "Meño" Lujan of Pecos is the original founder who named the group.

Lujan has maintained a low profile on this issue, so far preferring not to assert any legal right to ownership of the band's name. Meanwhile, the others have proceeded in court to establish control over the band. The group filed a case in the Western District of Texas against Morales, Los Rieleros Del Norte, Inc. v. Morales et al on March 21, 2007 for trademark infringement to clarify this issue.[1] Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas then gave all rights to Daniel Esquivel. The court order made Esquivel the rightful owner of the group and prohibited Morales from having any type of connection with the band, though Morales is rumored to have used the name of the group occasionally anyway. Armed with the court order, Esquivel consolidated his control of the band. He was aided in early 2009 when, after 7 years of litigation, the Mexican courts also held that he was the band's rightful owner. The court order prohibited Morales from using the name Los Rieleros and enjoined him from performing any songs recorded by the group from 2002 onwards without permission. These decisions together gave Daniel Esquivel full ownership of Los Rieleros Del Norte in both the United States and Mexico. Esquivel later stated in a press conference that he was willing to work with Morales and his crew and even help them to record a CD of their own material, so long as they use a different name for their group. So far, there is no indication that that has happened.

A list of the cities that the Original Rieleros del Norte will be appearing in can be found at Los Rieleros Del Norte Official Website


  • 1991 A Toda Maquina
  • 1991 Volando Alto
  • 1992 Pecado De Amor
  • 1995 Vias Por Conocer
  • 1995 Castillo De Ilusion
  • 1995 Me Lo Contaron Ayer
  • 1995 Copa Sin Vino
  • 1995 El Regalito
  • 1995 Los Rieleros Del Norte: En Concierto
  • 1995 Los Rieleros Del Norte
  • 1995 Corazon Cerrado
  • 1995 ...En Gira Internacional
  • 1995 Naci Cantando
  • 1995 Lo Mejor De Los Rieleros Del Norte
  • 1996 Invencible
  • 1997 Aventura Pesada
  • 1998 La Moraleja
  • 1999 De Corazon Norteno
  • 2000 Prieta Orgullosa
  • 2001 Entrega De Amor
  • 2002 Cuesta Arriba
  • 2003 La Golosa
  • 2003 La Eche En Un Carrito
  • 2003 Leonel Garcia
  • 2003 Recuerdos De Oro
  • 2003 Abriendo Caminos
  • 2003 Llorando Mares
  • 2004 Que Onda Guey
  • 2004 20 Anos De Fuerza Nortena
  • 2005 Solo Exitos
  • 2005 Sobre Los Rieles
  • 2005 Y Que El Mundo Ruede
  • 2006 Siempre Imitado, Jamas Igualado
  • 2007 La Mejor Coleccion
  • 2007 Ven Y Dime
  • 2007 25 Aniversario
  • 2008 Epoca Dorada
  • 2008 Mas Rieleros... Que Nunca
  • 2008 Pos Que No: Claro Que Si
  • 2008 Homenaje A Javier Solis
  • 2009 Pese A Quien Le Pese
  • 2009 En Vivo Para Ti
  • 2009 Serie Diamante: 30 Super Exitos
  • 2009 Luz Elia
  • 2010 Vias Por Conocer
  • 2010 Ni El Diablo Te Va A Querer
  • 2012 Ayer, Hoy y Siempre
  • 2014 En Tus Manos

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