Real Country Music
4 out of 5
It would not be surprising that now at the end of W’s time in office, people think of
As a way to explain a term sure to be unfamiliar to some, the word Tejas finds its origin in the Native American word “taysha” which means “friend or ally”. As
With their CD, the Tejas Brothers, formed in
The lead track, the accordion driven Tex-Mex flavor “I Can’t Sleep”, is a song much in the realm of Doug Sahm and/or the Texas Tornadoes. It is a song fun to hear, easy to dance to, with a simple hook........... “I can’t sleep.....with you running around in my head”. Is it a bit lyrically simple? Yes, but is good music, especially country music, required to be more. Other tracks with this upbeat Tex-Mex feel include “Sweet Lolita”, and “Boogie Woogie Mamacita”. The more traditional Tex-Mex, “La Llorona”, tells a version of the classic folk story of a weeping spirit traveling the riverside looking for some lost ones.
Anyone familiar with Delbert McClinton’s country blues will find much to appreciate in “Get Gone”, “Doing a Real Good Job” and the Brothers’s cover of Lazy Lester’s “Same Thing Could Happen to You”. The accordion is still there on these selections but eases a bit more in the mix and allows the guitar to drive the tracks. The disc ends with a tasteful cover of Magic Sam’s soulful blues classic “That’s All I Need.”
The entire disc is marked with strong playing, nice vocals, and convincing lyrics. It never attempts to be more than what it is, and that is something to appreciate in this era of crossover fever. But most importantly, the record is representative of a place where everything has melted over hundreds of years into something unique. No place but Tejas.