The quintessential Tex-Mex band is a super-group whose members—individually and collectively—had significant influences on multiple musical realms dating to the 1960s. Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers were at the heart of the Sir Douglas Quintet (whose iconic songs include "Mendocino" and "She's About a Mover") as well as working independently. Freddy Fender's hits on the country and pop charts included "Lonely Days and Lonely Nights" and "Before the Next Teardrop Falls." Accordion maestro Flaco Jiménez is a longtime mainstay of conjunto, a style largely created by his father, Santiago. The quartet's joyful party mix of all that plus rock 'n' roll, swamp pop, blues, and Texas hill-country polkas fueled the Tornados for about a decade until Sahm's death in 1999. Fender followed to that celestial honky-tonk in 2006. And that appeared to be that. Except Sahm's son, Shawn (who bears an uncanny physical and vocal resemblance to his father), rounded up Jiménez and Meyers and produced a great new album (Esta Bueno! on Ray Benson's Bismeaux label) that hit the racks this spring, about the same time Meyers received a kidney transplant. With Meyers returned to health, so are the Texas Tornados, who conjure up their classic protean spirit on their fine new disc. Its treasures include a handful of new Fender tunes and vocals, and one rediscovered nugget from Doug.
Sun., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 2010
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