Curtis Clarke’s Evangeline Café on Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas has become an iconic hub of South Austin music over the last few years. Besides being an exceptionally fine Cajun restaurant, the Evangeline has hosted the best talent the Music City has to offer. The Lonely Knights have held court there on the first Friday of every month for the last 3 to 4 years “playing that sound, baby, that sound”, that U.S. Highway 90 sound, the Lafayette-San Antonio axis of music so unique to the region from central Louisiana to Central Texas. From Swamp Pop style of Michael Christian singing “Don’t You Know” and Rudy Tee Gonzales singing “Sick And Tired” to the San Anto sound of Joanna Ramirez’ rendition of “Just A Matter Of Time” and “Ain’t No Big Thing”, Larry Lange and the Lonely Knights mine the musical treasures so specific to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast area.
And so it was, one day last June, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and the humidity around 95% seafood gumbo a’boiling and cold beer a’plenty, the Lonely Knights threw a party that’s still talked about. Houston White and Roy Michaels brought in their 24 track mobile recording truck and captured some of the songs that went down that day and here is the result. It was “one-take” madness but lotsa fun.
The Knights send out thanks to
Juan Mendoza and “Guero” Cortinas for bringing the San Antonio recording legends Dimas Garza and Rudy Tee Gonzales to be a part of this recording
Ryan Anderson and Sweatbox Studios for the mix down
Lee Jackson for the mastering work
Ruben Molina, author of “Chicano Soul” for keeping the music alive
Kory Cook for engineering and Jay Trachtenberg and KUT 90.5FM in Austin, Texas for inviting us as live guests on his radio show and allowing us to include that Studio 1A recoding of Dimas Garza on this album
And the Prince for being the Prince.
"Growing up in Lake Charles, Louisiana I knew "that sound". It was a genre of music that had sorta been swept under the rug, so to speak.These guys blew me away the first time I heard them. They have revitalized a sound that just makes anyone who hears it smile & start finger snapping, toe tapping or something. You can't hardly sit still. These guys have taken a page out of American music history book...ripped it out and stuck it right back in the front of the book!"