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Editors’ Notes

Doug Sahm died in 1999 and Freddy Fender in 2006, but the surviving members of The Texas Tornados still found a way to resurrect the spirit of their fallen comrades for a 2010 reunion album, Esta Bueno!. Sahm’s role is taken over by his son, Shawn (who looks and sounds remarkably like his father), while the album also incorporates the last recordings Fender made with the group before his death. Among those songs is “If I Could Only”: the final song Fender wrote and a fitting end to a 50-year career in music. Doug is very much present in spirit. He wrote “Who’s to Blame, Senorita” with Shawn, and his signature Tejano anthem “Chicano” is sung here by Flaco Jimenez, the group’s squeezebox kingpin. From the very beginning, the Tornados were about celebration of family more than traditional album concepts. While other bands' posthumous reformations are often obvious cash-ins, Esta Bueno! feels like an authentic continuation of the group’s core mission.

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This is new music from Freddy Fender!

Five of these tracks Freddy sang just prior to his passing in 2006. None of this material has been released before. "If I Could Only" will go down as some of the best stuff Freddy's ever done. There's even a track that Doug Sahm sings (from a Tornados recording session in the 1990s) that no one has heard before.

It may be hard to believe that the Texas Tornados are carrying on with former members Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender having passed away, but Shawn Sahm has obviously stepped up to the plate...producing the record and singing and playing just like his Dad. That's a pretty legitimate new member don't you think? And Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers sound like they are still on top of their games! The track "Esta Bueno" may be Augie's funniest stuff yet. I think it is pretty exciting that there is new life for one of Texas' most celebrated super-groups!

Just when you think "they don't make 'em like I like 'em anymore" a record like this comes out. I would call this album a "MUST" for Tex-Mex rock-n-roll lovers...

Esta Bueno

WOW, what can you say about legendary music from the Source. This band is the real deal, old skool rock n roll Tejano. Flaco and Augie and Doug's son Shawn are all here. RIP Freddy and Doug. Enjoy it-- esta MUY BUENO!!

The Tornados are Back!

Boy, it's been a long time coming....over 10 years since their last studio album! Sadly we have lost Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender, but Shawn Sahm (Doug's son) does a great job leading the band on Esta Bueno and at times really sounds like his dad. I'm really glad Ray Benson saw the group still had a bunch of talent and was eager to produce and distribute the new release.

The Tornados, like Benson's Asleep at the Wheel, are Texas music icons and really offer true Texas flavor on every cut on every record. The songs are all really fun, especially the title track about jalapenos! It doesn't really get more Texan than that.

My personal favorites are "In Heaven There Is No Beer," Velma From Selma," Who's To Blame, Senorita," "Esta Bueno," and "Girl Going Nowhere (featuring Doug Sahm)"

This is a great recording from some Texas legends and should be a top seller for the band!


Formed: 1989

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The ultimate Tex-Mex supergroup, Texas Tornados were composed of some of the genre's most legendary figures: Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers (Sahm's bandmate in the groundbreaking Sir Douglas Quintet), Hispanic country star Freddy Fender, and accordion virtuoso Flaco Jimenez. The group's infectious, party-ready sound blended country, early rock & roll, Mexican folk music, R&B, blues, and whatever other roots musics crossed their paths. The Tornados first assembled in 1989 at a concert in San Francisco, billing...
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