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Texas Tornadoes

The Texas Tornados is a Tejano band, a style of music that is a fusion of rock, country and various Mexican styles. The story of the Tornadoes is one of tenacity. The band got together in the 1990 and that year won a Grammy for Best Mexican/American performance. Things went well until one of their members, Doug Sahm died in 1999. The band patched a sound together, but was hit with another band member loss when Freddy Fender died in 2006. The band disbanded until recently when they approached Doug Sahm’s son, Shawn to join the newly reformed group. The new Texas Tornadoes recorded an album in 2010 which includes a few previously unreleased songs featuring Freddy Fender. It was greeted with enthusiasm by the Tejano community and most folks agree that the new band still has the “Tornado sound.” Music critic Jeff Giles notes that when you go to a Tornado show, “You don’t listen to the Texas Tornados looking for wild experiments, you turn to them for fun, uptempo party music and brassy, sock hop-style slow dance numbers with a bilingual flair, with generous helpings of wily humor, organ, and accordion along the way.” The Texas Tornados play Jazz Fest Friday April 27.

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