Although this Mexican ranchera singer might not be a household name stateside, he is dubbed “The Sinatra of Rancheras” back home. In celebration of his longtime career, which has earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in addition to numerous Grammy Awards, his label has released “The Living Legend” (Sony/BMG), a three-disc box set that contains a comprehensive collection of his works both for longtime fans and newbies alike. Fernandez’s music sings of the beauties of his land, women and heartbreaks such as “Mares de Tristeza” (Seas of Sadness), whose lyrics detail having his heart torn from his chest due to a love that is gone. “Guadalajara,” on the other hand, is a cheerful tune about the singer’s native land, which he says he “will never forget.” Other songs are all about getting drunk into oblivion in order to forget doomed love affairs, such as “La Misma” (The Same) and “El Derrotado” (The Loser). Other themes include love won and lost—tunes like “Amar Y Vivir” (To Love and To Live) hails the importance of loving in a man’s life, doing so “without regrets—you only live once.” (Ernest Barteldes)
October 22 at Allstate Arena.