Texas Tornados


Band Members: Augie Meyers, Flaco Jiménez, Shawn Sahm, Louie Ortega, Ernie Durawa, Speedy Sparksm Nunie Rubio
Years at MusicFest: MusicFest 2017 Debut Artist
Releases: Texas Tornados (1990), Zone of Our Own (1991), Hangin’ on by a Thread (1992), Best of the Texas Tornados (1994), 4 Aces (1996), Live from the Limo, Vol. 1 (1999), Live from Austin, TX (2005), Está Bueno! (2010)

Originally founded by MusicFest 2017 Artists’ Tribute to a Legend honoree, the late Doug Sahm, this ultimate Tex-Mex super group is back. Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiménez reunite with the Doug’s son, Shawn Sahm to bring new life to the band’s music. Playing together again for the first time since the ‘90s and feeling what Shawn calls “the Tornado vibe,” the group enlisted Shawn to take over and “drive the bus” for their first album in over a decade – their 2010 release Está Bueno! His goal for the record was “to keep it a straight up Tex-Mex rock and roll record.” Shawn Sahm has been around the music since he was 13 and was the perfect person to entrust with preserving the Tornado’s legacy. In addition to the featured members, the recordings include Tornado original musicians Louie Ortega, Speedy Sparks and Ernie Durawa. The Texas Tornados origin can be traced back to the ‘60s when Doug and Augie performed together with the Sir Douglas Quintet. Young Shawn Sahm started playing music with his dad at age 13, and in the early ‘80s, he went on to tour with his dad. In 1989, the paths of the Tornados converged. Originally billed as the Tex-Mex Revue, Doug reunited with Augie and brought in Flaco Jiménez and Freddy Fender to for what would become the Texas Tornados. The Tornados disbanded in 1999 after Doug Sahm’s passing, but as Shawn puts it, “the Sahm family makes music – that is what we do.” To honor his best friend and father and continue “crossing the barriers in musical culture,” Shawn prompted the reunion of the Texas Tornados. Dickson Productions is honored to have the original members of one of Doug Sahm’s most well-known bands and his son come together in Steamboat to honor Doug Sahm’s incredible legacy.

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