El Compa Chuy is the stage name of JesÃºs Alfredo RodrÃguez HernÃ¡ndez, a recording artist from CuliacÃ¡n, the capital city of Mexico's Sinaloa state. RodrÃguez has become a regional sensation singing corridos -- a narrative folk song that normally has a protagonist and a plot, and ends with a moral from the singer. His songs mainly feature just an arrangement between his vocals, accordion, guitar, and tuba. RodrÃguez came from a musical family and began singing corridos privately at an early age. At the age of 14, he became more involved in CuliacÃ¡n's artistic scene and bought a sound system to rent out to musicians and bands. One such band, forced to practice without their singer for the day, overheard RodrÃguez singing along to their songs under his breath as he walked past and asked him to sing with them. RodrÃguez soon became a fixture on the CuliacÃ¡n music scene, singing for a number of groups. After a stint in America where he worked in a squid packaging plant in California and a car wash in Phoenix, AZ while singing on the side, Sony Music signed RodrÃguez to their Latin division. In March of 2008 he released Alacrana Lavada. A year later came El NiÃ±o de Oro, another full-length that featured his hit song "El Corrido de Katch," a cover of an Alfredo Rios narco corrido (corridos about the drug trade that's so prevalent in northern Mexico; Sinaloa and CuliacÃ¡n, especially) that celebrates the flashy clothes and expensive tastes of its protagonist. The song debuted on the Billboard Latin Songs chart at number 43 and peaked at number four. His third album, Gente Peligrosa came out on October 20, 2009. ~ Jeremy ShulkinPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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