[Saldana] approached me about the idea in late 2015, early 2016.We can only hope the newly-minted group feels the pressure of San Anto's excitement about this project and makes good on that possible studio work. But, until that day comes, let's all agree that this show is the place to be on Saturday night. Speaking of the experience of working with an icon like Gonzales, Hernandez had this to say:
Jason had already been working with Rudy T on booking and promoting shows, including a very successful trip to the Ponderosa Stomp in the Spring of 2015. Jason also knew about King Pelican and what we do... and yes we are a surf band, but I think he picked up on the fact that we have a lot of Chuck Berry, Link Wray, Little Richard... basically early rock 'n' roll in our sound. Jason was on a quest to get Rudy T's earliest tracks (late 50s/early 60s Chicano Rock) recognized and performed again and felt we were the right band to back him: the right chops and the right grit.
So we got together and ran some early Rudy T tunes like "Cry, Cry", "Do the Jerk," and "Talk About Soul," and man it was solid and real. And no, it didn't sound like "old man" rock... it had the edge of early rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and early 60s garage. Next came a couple of shows including a showcase at ABGB during SXSW and a gig at famed Austin Blues spot Antone's. And now, finally after a lot of requests and chatter we have a show booked in SA.
And, even though we love playing together, King Pelican keeps pretty busy so it has been a bit of challenge to book gigs, so we'll have to see what the future holds in regard to other shows. But, we definitely are talking about a recording project featuring Rudy's earliest tunes.
Anytime you get a chance to collaborate with a legend like Rudy T, you do it! It's an important element of your continuing education as a musician. And, for me, being a San Antonio native, born and raised in Southeast SA, and as a student of early American rock 'n' roll, this has been an amazing opportunity. Playing the music has been awesome, but the stories that Rudy shares about his early rock 'n' roll experiences performing and recording in South Texas, the Southwest and Mexico are priceless.$5, 9pm, Saturday, August 20, The Squeezebox, 2806 N St Mary's.
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