The North Door
"...Its scrubby components are readily available and its possibilities are many. Tex-Mex gets little respect, though, often regarded with the disdain gourmets give sour cream on enchiladas. But the combinations are pleasing and it doesn't take a great chef to make a good taco, which, Doug Sahm once told me, should have "plenty of grease." Well, bienvenidos, Señor Sahm -- it's been four years since the Texas Tornados' last release and their new album 4 Aces, well, it's....."
"...No one in their right mind wants to follow such an event, but Shawn Sahm & the Tex Mex Experience kept the energy level high. With accordionist Flaco Jiménez and organist Augie Meyers in tow, they paid tribute to fallen Texas Tornados Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender with crowd-pleasing renditions of "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "Who Were You Thinking Of?"..."
"...“Looky at that man with the cowboy hat, mama!” The little boy at a nearby table in Threadgill’s hadn’t quite mastered the art of the stage whisper and stared at the rope of hair down Augie Meyers' back, recognizable even through a window at night. The Texas Tornados had arrived, hungry, happy, and with their new CD Esta Bueno in tow...."
"...Dulcinea follows closely in the steps of the Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven, mixing Mexican heritage and American roots rock into a Southwestern stew that’s festive and savory. Zamora claims it’s a combination of his Tex-Mex roots - his mother is from El Paso and his father is Mexican - with youthful influences from growing up in East L.A...."
"...For a musician most notable as a sideman, Meyers boasts a career few can match. Ever since his Vox organ on the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" branded the 1965 hit with Texas twang to his Grammy-winning work with the Texas Tornados, Meyers has stood on a Hall of Fame lifetime...."
"...Sahm returned to Texas in the early Seventies, and ultimately the two divorced. He soon migrated up to Austin, eventually forming the first Spanish-language supergroup with Meyers, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jimenez, the Grammy-winning Texas Tornados...."
"...4 stars -- Christopher Gray TEXAS TORNADOS..."
"...Whenever I could get him to play the Austin Music Awards, I did. And he did, in every configuration of Quintet and Tornados imaginable, and I was honored every time...."
"...Who was Doug Sahm? As the filmmakers describe him, he was the Texas cat of Texas cats, and Texas’ musical soul, all about the groove. From his faux-British Invasion emulators the Sir Douglas Quintet, through the original Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados, Sahm was arguably the progenitor of the Austin music scene, the original cosmic cowboy..."
"...Six months later, produced by none other than Bayou bad boy Huey P. Meaux, Together After Five opens with the Texas Tornados template: "Nuevo Laredo," border rock barbecue and beer..."
"...appeared on the scene, but squeeze-box polkas go back more than a century in Central Texas. Flaco Jiménez, third generation accordionist bandleader, passed the torch to bajo sexto stringer Max Baca by enlisting him for the Texas Tornados..."
"...You've met the Monstas before. Ernie Durawa is a fixture on the Texas-drummer scene, having played with Doug Sahm, the Texas Tornados, Los Jazz Vatos, and countless others..."
"...True to the album's title, Krc filters the Fab Four flavor through homegrown influences, most notably the organ-fueled axis of Sir Doug Sham, Sam the Sham, and ? & the Mysterians. It's easy enough to imagine the Texas Tornados covering a chugging, country-tinged rocker like "What's So Hard About Love," but Krc's agenda extends beyond state lines..."
"...Long-awaited hardly covers the 13 years between El Jefe and its sole predecessor. Remarkably, the personnel of Texas Tornados drummer Ernie Durawa's formidable sextet has stayed intact..."
"...Instead, Lie to Me collects a variety of works by other composers, eclectic songs "in danger of disappearing if they don't keep being sung," as Cox opines. 'Nuff said, for here's "Louis Riel," Doug Sahm's folk tale of a Canadian rebel leader, stacked with Blaze Foley's "Big Cheeseburgers and Good French Fries" and Betty Elders' "Light in Your Window." Cox and BettySoo make for a fine duo – he has roots working with Sahm and the Texas Tornados – yet it's the quality of such charmers as Butch Hancock's "Boxcars," Loudon Wainwright III's "Be Careful, There's a Baby in the House," and Guy Clark's "Dublin Blues" that keep the folk ethic strong..."
"...Cover boys Spoon are "Written in Reverse" off their Austin City Limits taping this summer. Disc two offers the better of the pair: new millennial true grit (Ryan Bingham), crushes (She & Him), discoveries (Aussie Ry Cuming), break-outs (Amy Cook), and even Griffin House's laughably condescending but catchy "She Likes Girls." Hippie throwbacks (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), ancient vox (Citizen Cope), and timeless testifying (Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears) join perennials (Crowded House), the better with age (Rosanne Cash) and lack thereof (Sahara Smith), and spirit walkers (Texas Tornados)..."
"...With organist Augie Meyers and the West Side Horns, the Krayolas channel the spirit of Sir Doug Sahm and jump around from wistful, gum-smacking pop ("Statue of Love") to big-band blues ("Yakety Song"). The Meyers-penned "We've Got a Secret" is the Alamo City's answer to "I Should Have Known Better," while the Tex-Mex infusions of "Little Fox" and the folkloric title track complement the Texas Tornados like a Big Red complements a puffy taco..."
"...So, why not the Texas Tornados? It's been awhile since their presence was felt, crankin' out infectious, Anglicized Latino party hits like "Who Were You Thinkin' Of." It's a fusion which could have only resulted from 120 years of collective history: The post-"She's a Woman" roller-rink & roll Meyers and Doug Sahm pioneered in the Sir Douglas Quintet; the countrified Latin lover R&B of Freddy Fender hits like "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"; and Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez's distinctive, driving accordion, as idiosyncratic and instantly familiar as Keith Richards' rhythm guitar. Why not the Return of the Texas Tornados? It'll certainly be less of a cartoon spectacle than the return of the aged Sex Pistols...."
"...I'm not sure what to say but, boy, there sure is a lot of it and it's all elaborately arranged. Also included is the Texas Tornados tune “(Hey Baby) Que Paso.” Framing the movie is kid sister's recounting of her summer vacation for her school classmates wherein she tells of her brother's heroics, a mayor's murder and her mother's freakout..."