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It's hard to believe the Texas Tornados first got together some 20 years ago.

Notw the supergroup is back with different faces and new music. Their new CD is titled “Esta Bueno” and in some ways it appropriately refers to the good rhythms found on the CD.

When Doug Sahm died in 1999, it essentially ended the group. Freddy Fender died in 2006. But now his son,

 Shawn Sahm, leads remaining bandmates, Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers inOriginal Texas Tornados this new lineup.(above)

Released on Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records, the CD showcases the legendary Tex-Mex spirit of the Tornados. However, the magic flows as accordionists Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers collaborate with Shawn, who served as bandmember and record producer.

The new 13-track includes an original previously unrecorded track by Doug Sahm, titled “Girl Going Nowhere.” The good news is the Tornados actually sound as good as ever. Tracks like “Chicano,” “Velma from Selma,” and “In Heaven There is no Beer,” exude that celebratory Tex-Mex spirit.

Texas Tornados: Original lineup above

Other original Tornados musicans are on hand including Speedy Sparks, Ernie Durawa and Louie Ortega.

From the Times Records News: 

"The sound, especially Shawn Sahm’s vocals, evokes all the energy and cross-cultural exuberance of the Tornados in their heyday. Opening strong with Shawn’s 'Who’s To Blame Senorita,' written by both Sahms and sure to be a Texas music radio hit, the CD seems to erase the two decades since ''Who Were You Thinking Of' charged onto the charts in 1990."

 

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