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Following an amazing three-album run from 1990 to 1992, Texas Tornados took a four-year breather before returning in 1996 with 4 Aces. The group didn’t approach album-making from a rock band’s perspective. Their records were essentially advertisements for the shows they'd perform on the Texas dancehall circuit—the kind of Saturday-night dance parties that originally gave birth to the band’s merger of South Texas musical styles. Like any good touring act, they stayed true to their vision while continually adding new material. Sahm stepped up to the plate with this one, demonstrating his uncanny ability to deliver new classics on command. “Little Bit Is Better Than Nada” adds to a canon of signature songs that began with 1965’s “She’s About a Mover” (which the Tornados performed at every concert). As usual, Freddy Fender delivers a few sterling ballads (“In My Mind,” “The Gardens”), and Flaco Jimenez provides accordion flourishes that tie everything together. The music is always predicated on rhythm, and the foursome is most alive on chugging Sahm-led cuts like “Clinging to You.”


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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