Shawn Sahm, Doug’s son, was right: “The new Texas Tornados album sounds like … well, the Texas Tornados.” Está bueno (It’s good), which took years to finish, was released March 2, and it includes the last songs recorded by Freddy Fender (you gotta hear “If I Could Only,” which ranks among his best) as well as two dynamite, previously unreleased tracks by Doug: “Girl Going Nowhere” and a live version of “96 Tears,” recorded in Holland. The album has the best of what the Tornados are all about: It’s powerful, fun, and funny (Freddy singing “They don’t make ’em like I like” is a riot; so is Augie Meyers explaining “In Heaven there is no beer/ that’s why we drink it here”), and Flaco Jiménez’s accordion is superb, as always. The band (Flaco, Augie, and Shawn) will perform at SXSW Friday, March 19, at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard (sxsw.com).
Nightrocker Live (605 San Pedro, (210) 265-6573) is back, this time to stay. My pick this week: The CD-single release party by Suzy Bravo and the Soul Revue, and Scotty Karate (he must be very good, because he plays in a huge helmet-like buffalo hat) on Saturday March 6.
— Enrique Lopetegui