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Tex-Mex « Cool Album of the Day

Category: Tex-Mex

Doug Sahm ‘Doug Sahm and his Band’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#820 in the Series) is Doug Sahm, Doug Sahm and his Band Doug Sahm was Americana Roots Rock before the respective terms even existed.  A multi –instrumentalist child prodigy, his career going all the back to the Louisiana Hayride in the 50’s appearing with the likes of Hank Williams, Web Pierce, and Hank Thompson , Sahm was first and foremost a band leader. From his early days with The Pharaoh’s, his career defining stint with The Sir Douglas Quintet where they released the hit “She’s About a Mover” along with the California classic “Mendocino,” and the subsequent forming of the Tex –Mex Travelling Wiburys, The Texas Tornados that featured Flaco Jiminez, Augie...

Texas Tornados “Texas Tornados”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#429 in the Series) is the debut from Texas Tornados If you don’t count Elvis, Sam Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash sitting around a piano at Sun Records, The Texas Tornados could be considered one the best Rock & Roll Super groups, sort of a Tex-Mex Travelling Wilburys. Formed in the 1990’s the group consisted of Freddie Fender, who already had released his monster hits “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”, Doug Sahm who is widely referred to as the father of the Tex-Mex music scene, Augie Meyers, a founding member of The Sir Douglas Quintet with Sahm, and Flaco Jiménez, a pioneer of the Mexican...

Santana “Abraxas”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#363 in the Series, and #10 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Santana, Abraxas Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Michael Shrieve, José “Chepito” Areas and Mike Carabello To me, those six guys were Santana.  Carlos has gone thru more musicians than any band leader I know, to me however, those six cats were Santana at its best.  In fact, I feel this was the only actual Santana band.  After that it was Carlos and whomever he decided to bring in.  How can I back that statement up? Look who wrote the songs on this. Nearly every one contributed in the writing.  The great Gregg Rolie wrote two.  “Chipito” Areas wrote two, Michael...

Los Lobos “How Will The Wolf Survive?”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#270 in the Series) is Los Lobos, How Will The Wolf Survive? I’ve mentioned a few times before that my tastes have really been leaning towards the ‘Americana’ genre for quite some time now.  What can be better than ‘Americana’ with a little ‘Tex-Mex’ added to spice it up a little! Los Lobos have been around steadily for well over thirty five years now. It’s a real testament to the band to see that their latest album, 2010’Tin Can Trust has the same line-up that recorded this 1984 release.  Not to mention some before that as well. (That’s a live link to Tin Can Trust so check it out.) Los Lobo’s music is...