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David R. Pedrazine
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"Esta Bueno!", the final album from the Super group The Texas Tornados is out and if you are a fan of the group, it will have to be added to your music collection. The disk, Produced by Shawn Sam and Executive Produced by Ray Benson (Asleep at The Wheel) under his Bismeaux Records label is a 13 track Texas Groove that incorporates 4 previously unreleased tracks recorded by the late Freddy Fender and one by the late Doug Sahm.
This incarnation of the band consists of original members Augie Meyers (Vocals, Vox Organ, Piano), Flaco Jimenez (Vocals, Accordion), Louie Ortega (Guitar, Background Vocals), Speedy Sparks (Bass) and Ernie Durawa (Drums). Stepping in for the late Doug Sahm is his son Shawn Sahm (Guitars, Vocals, Drums) who has been furiously working to get his legendary father enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Shawn doesn't just stand in for his pop, it's as if he is channeling Sir Doug himself not only on this record, but in every live performance I've seen so far.
The album kicks off with "Who's To Blame" which sounds like vintage Tornados and leads into the first Freddy Fender song released since his death, "If I Could Only". The song is classic Freddy Fender and features San Antonio's own Westside Horns (Al Gomez, Spot Barnett, Louis Bustos). This song felt like an instant classic the first time I heard it and should get major air play over the Americana airwaves. Throughout the record, the distinctive Flaco Jimenez accordion is prevalent and as lively as ever and the Grammy Award winner has never sounded better.
The record also displays the Tornados fun side with songs like Augie's "Velma From Selma," the title track "Esta Bueno", "In Heaven There Is No Beer" and "Chicano," a remix of the classic 1973 recording by Doug Sahm and Flaco Jimenez which, according to the song notes, "introduced Flaco to the rock and roll side of the world...".
"Llevame," a song written by Louie Ortega, has a classic Spanish song feel with excellent guitar work by Shawn. It's a festive number that makes you want to see it live. That song is followed up by my personal favorite, "Girl Going Nowhere" written and sung by Doug Sahm. It's a throwback to Doug's heyday and to hear great new material from Sir Doug made me a little misty, I must say. After you hear it, send a note to his son Shawn and thank him for letting us in on another great Doug hit. I know he'll be glad to hear from you just as Doug would have.
Be sure to catch The Tornados at an in store appearance at Waterloo Records on March 2, 2010, at SXSW on March 19th and over the airwaves on KLRU on March 13th with Raul Malo.
Texas Tornados "Esta Bueno" available at:
Waterloo Records and at the Texas Tornado webpage
Freddy Fender (Vocals), Flaco Jimenez (Vocals, Accordion), Augie Meyers (Vocals, Vox Organ, Piano), Shawn Sahm (Vocals, Guitars, Drums), Louie Ortega (Guitar, Background Vocals), Speedy Sparks (Bass), Ernie Durawa (Drums), George Rains (Drums), Michael Guerra (Bajo Sexto), Nunie Rubio (Background Vocals), Neal Walker (Bass, Background Vocals), Westside Horns: Al Gomez, Spot Barnett, Louis Bustos.
Produced by: Shawn Sahm
Executive Producer: Ray Benson
Booking By: Bismeaux Productions
Wed June 16| Austin, TX US
Venue: Blues On The Green at Zilker Park
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