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Augie Meyers

My Freeholies Ain't Free Anymore – 2006 (El Sendero)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Known primarily for his association with Doug Sahm in the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, as well as session work with such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, Augie Meyers' latest solo release recalls the sound of the Texas Tornados.

Meyers wrote all but 1 of the 11 tracks, most of which are decidedly Tex-Mex. Only the closing track "Rain," with the prominent steel guitar of Bobby Flores, has a honky-tonk country sound.

The tunes are pleasant enough with the uptempo title track, "Go Down To Mexico" and "Hey La Ronda," as well as effective ballads such as "Wishing For You" (the lone non-original, uncredited composition), "Heart of Mine" and "I Found Love."

Though Meyers' vocal range is limited and he occasionally falls a bit flat, the musicianship is stellar throughout with Meyers (organ), Flores (fiddle), David Farias and Michael Guerra (accordion), Speedy Villanueva (bass) and Max Baca (drums).

While not as satisfying as his past work with the Texas Tornados, this is an enjoyable effort.