Skyline Sessions

Live In Studio: Beto And The Fairlanes

Austin-based Latin/jazz fusion band performs in the Geary Studio.

A product of the 1970s Austin music scene, Beto and the Fairlanes is a band founded and led by Robert “Beto” Skiles, a classically trained pianist who sought to combine jazz and Latin music. According to Skiles, the name “Beto” is the result of “a disastrous affair in Mexico with a woman who called me ‘Beto.’ I was about to marry her, and I was commuting from Denton, Texas to Acapulco.” The name seemed fun and appropriate for the band, given Skiles’ San Antonio roots and the danceable mix of Latin pop, jazz, salsa, worldbeat and zydeco he aimed to create. Beto and the Fairlanes visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio to record the composition “Another Zydobeto.”

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