San Antonio Sound: Music of the Mission City


August 16th, 2017 ~ The great Texas river city is a mix of Mexican, German, Anglo and African American cultures, among others. Home to the Texas Conjunto Festival and the International Accordion Festival, San Antonio is best known for Tex-Mex or Tejano music played by squeeze box masters like Flaco Jimenez, Narciso Martinez and Mingo Saldivar among many. We'll speak with Flaco, who in collaborations with Doug Sahm, Ry Cooder, and Los Super Seven, has carried the music worldwide. "Chicano brown-eyed soul" performers like Sunny and the Sunliners and other groups describe music that connected New Orleans and Louisiana Swamp Pop with San Antonio and East Los Angeles. We'll also talk with Vox organ legend Augie Meyers who worked in the high hippie era with Doug Sahm as part of the Sir Douglas Quintet and later in the Texas Tornadoes. The conversation comes full circle with Max Baca, the leader and bajo sexto player of Los Texmaniacs who was influenced by both Flaco and Doug Sahm. The Grammy-winning family band sticks with tradition, but finds ways to include country, blues and rock. Plus music from Sam the Sham, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Freddie Fender and Willie Nelson. Vamos!

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  • Open Bed: Viva Seguin Flaco Jimenez
    Arriba El Norte: 14 Exitos , San Antonio Music Publishers
  • Open Bed: Sidewinder Parts I and II Sunny and the Sunliners
    Smile Now, Cry Later, Big Crown Records
  • Ay te dejo en San Antonio Flaco Jimenez
    Ay te dejo en San Antonio y Mas, Arhoolie Records
  • Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
    Pharaohization! Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Rhino
  • Ooh Poo Pah Doo The Sisters with Ersi Arvisu
    Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Minit
  • Papa Ain't Salty T-Bone Walker
    The Very Best of T-Bone Walker, Rhino
  • Ya Me Voy (Ain't That A Shame) Freddie Fender
    Freddie Fender-- "Canciones de Mi Barrio", Ideal/Arhoolie
  • Instrumental: Chinches Bravas Sunny and the Sunliners
    This is My Band, Big Crown Records
  • SEGMENT: Flaco Jimenez
  • He'll Have to Go Ry Cooder and Flaco Jimenez
    Chicken Skin Music, Warner/Reprise
  • Got You On My Mind Sunny and the Sunliners
    Talk to Me , Key Lock Records
  • Instrumental: Soul Pride Sunny and the Sunliners
    The Missing Link, Big Crown Records
  • SEGMENT: Brown-Eyed Soul, with members of Sunny and the Sunliners
  • Let's Dance Chris Montez
    The Hits, Smith and Co.
  • Lonely Blue Nights Rosie and the Originals
    Golden Doo Wop Vol. 6, Cherished Records
  • Corina Corina Freddie Fender
    Tejano Roots: Raices Tejanes, Arhoolie
  • Closing Bed: Norma la de Guadaljara Sunny and the Sunliners
    This is My Band, Big Crown Records
  • Open Bed: She's About a Mover Sir Douglas Quintet
    The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet, Crazy Cajun
  • Open Bed: Marina Los Texmaniacs
    Borders y Bailes, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Mendocino Doug Sahm
    Mendocino, Smash
  • Nuevo Laredo Sir Douglas Quintet
    Together After Five, Smash
  • SEGMENT: Augie Meyers
  • Is Anybody Going to San Antone Doug Sahm
    Doug Sahm and Band, Atlantic
  • Blues Stay Away from Me Doug Sahm and Band
    Doug Sahm and Band, Atlantic
  • Instrumental: Viva Seguin Los Texmaniacs
    Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways
  • SEGMENT: Max Baca
  • Instrumental: El Paso/San Antonio Rose Los Texmaniacs
    Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways
  • San Antonio Rose Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys/ Tommy Duncan
    San Antonio Rose and Other Hits , Columbia
  • Faded Love Willie Nelson and Ray Price
    San Antonio Rose, Columbia
  • Before the Next Teardrop Falls Freddie Fender
    The Best of Freddie Fender, MCA
  • Wasted Days and Wasted Nights Sir Douglas Quintet
    The Return of Doug SaldaƱa, Phillips
  • Home in San Antone Buddy Emmons, with Johnny Bush
    Guitar Player Presents: Country, Vol. 2, Rhino
  • Closing Bed: The Eyes of Texas/Deep in the Heart of Texas Los Texmaniacs
    Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways