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July 08, 2010

El Gringo Mariachi

Produced by
Rachel Raney

Matthew Stoneman moved to Los Angeles with dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Instead he became a thief and landed in prison. To pass the time, he got a guitar and learned over a hundred classic songs, in Spanish, from the Mexican inmates. When he got out he became an unlikely troubadour, singing and playing for tips in the Latino restaurants around East L.A. Matthew’s red hair and sweet voice got him noticed, and he became a local celebrity. Then one day a reporter started digging a little too deep into his past. Matthew talks with Dick Gordon about discovering his true talent in prison, and how the truth set him free.

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