The Texas Tornados make their comeback with Fender's last recordings
Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados are back making music, more than a decade after the death of Doug Sahm. Their new album, Esta Bueno! – released in the UK on April 19 – brings together original band members Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiménez with Sahm’s son, Shawn, and includes some of the final recordings of Freddy Fender before his death in 2006.
The album, also produced by Shawn Sahm, is a mixture of country, rock, Mexican, folk and even polka, reflecting the ethnic diversity of the Texas/Mexico world that all the artists inhabited, with songs in both English and Spanish.
The Texas Tornados – Meyers, Jiménez, Sahm and Fender – first came together in the early 1990s and made Grammy-winning music together. “They made their historical impact by playing a little of everything and not being afraid to cross the barriers in musical culture,” said Shawn Sahm.. They disbanded after the death of Doug Sahm in 1999 but got back together at the initiation of Shawn. “The Sahm family makes music – that is what we do,” he said.
Esta Bueno – the title song is a lighthearted discussion of the consequences of eating jalapenos – includes four Fender songs, as well as a previously-unreleased Doug Sahm recording.
As well as Meyers, Jiménez and Shawn Sahm, all the original backing musicians play on the album – Louie Ortega on second guitar, Speedy Sparks on bass and Ernie Durawa on drums – along with new additions Michael Guerra on bajo sexto and Nuni Rubio on additional vocals.
The Tornados are planning UK tour dates. In the meantime, they will be performing live online on Saturday, March 20, from 7-8 p.m. UK time. The show is free, but to interact with the event you need to register and download the software in advance at http://www.videoranch3d.com. If you just want to watch the show, it will stream live at http://www.videoranch3d.com/livenow.html.