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Texas Platters

Reviewed by Margaret Moser, February 18, 2011, Music

Augie Meyers

Trippin Out on Triplets (El Sendero)

Doug Sahm

The San Antonio Hipster (San Antonio)

Sir Douglas Quintet & Beyond

Texas Gold (San Antonio)

Although it's surprising some Cajun ivory-tickler didn't do this before, Trippin Out on Triplets bakes a dozen piano pop songs the way only Augie Meyers can. The man who made the Vox organ a staple of the Tex-Mex sound, Meyers is also San Antonio's master piano man, laying heavy on the sound of keyboard triplets that define swamp pop and Gulf Coast rock ("I'm Not a Fool," "Think It Over," "Matilda") and sounding fresh and cool as the pop of a Lone Star beer can. And if what's old sounds new, is anyone surprised that more than 10 years after his death, Meyers' musical partner Doug Sahm is also making great records? The Swedish label recordings of 21 Sahm-centric favorites on The San Antonio Hipster ("Who Were You Thinking Of," "Adios Mexico," "Will You Still Love Me Manana") bundles the legacy of Lone Star mojo that the Texas Tornado left behind. Texas Gold does the same with incarnations of Sahm's name-making Quintet ("She's About a Mover," "Mendocino"), all the while emphasizing Louie Ortega's indelible contributions ("County Line," "One More Time," "Tomorrow Just Might Change"). Keep these discs on the shelf together.

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