T Gozney Thornton and his friend of 30 years, Augie Meyers sailed on their 1st "Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise" together in 2009. The cruise has grown each year and now has over 120 friends sailing together to enjoy music and good times (see www.texmexfandango.com). This year they are joined by the incredible guitar-slinger, Jimmy Butler. They decided it was so much fun that they would put their heads (and talents) together and record this album as a group. And behold ...now we offer you "The Fandangos". Enjoy!
T. Gozney hails from the c-OZ-mic “Austin Scene” of the 70’s and has played from coast to coast. He had featured cuts on the 1975 Kerrville Folk Festival album, KOKE FM’s “Best Bands in Austin” album, the official state sesquicentennial album, “The Fathers of Texas,” singing a duet with Ray Wylie Hubbard, and recorded his “Pass It On” album at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales studio. He has recorded within the Shrine of the Alamo with KR Woods on "Davy Crockett's Fiddle Plays On" and his voice is featured on the title track. He released his "Legends Before the Fall" CD in 2008 and was nominated for a grammy for his song "Necessito Nada Mas" from that album. Additionally he has played at several Willies Picnics, Farm Aid, The Palomino Club in Hollywood, California and the stages of Las Vegas. His band, “The T. Gozney Band” was written up in Bill Board magazine as one of the top bands in the Pacific Northwest. And now he's riding the waves of the Caribbean, playing music and sailing with his friends "The Fandangos."
Augie Meyers began his career as a keyboardist in a bizarre fashion. Raised by his grandparents, he had polio and could not walk very well. He still enjoyed wandering around, enough that his grandparents tied a six-foot rope to his leg and connected it to their piano. He simply took to the piano, eventually moving on to the Vox organ and the piano-key accordion. Starting in the '50s, Meyers began to join popular San Antonio bands, eventually finding a musical partner in singer/guitarist Doug Sahm. The two eventually started the Sir Douglas Quintet, started by their producer as a British Invasion rip-off. The band was better than that however, and after a few hit singles they eventually founded the Texas Tornados. Both bands were local favorites and never really broke up until 1999, when Sahm died from a heart attack. The experience affected Meyers greatly, but he continued to play on as a keyboardist for John Hammond. Meyers joined Hammond's road band and played on his Wicked Grin album, but also did session work for Bob Dylan and Tom Waits on top of that. And now he's riding the waves of the Caribbean, playing music and sailing with his friends "The Fandangos."
Jimmy has said, “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as quick as I could“, and that was 1981. After teaming up with Rock Arts LTD and the River City Band, Austin,Texas became his new home. He jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Old Soap Creek Saloon. Jimmy’ has opened shows for Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Foghat and many more. He continues to write and perform live. He currently has songwriting credits on the recently released EP ‘Dan Carroll: The Ride of My Life‘.
There’s lots more to tell, but Jimmy Butler would rather play and let the music do the talkin’. He now lives outside of Austin with his wife and children and said recently “I feel good enough to die“. Always full of surprises, always creative, always ready to kick a little ol’ fashion ass! “Love, Hugs and Good be on Ya’!” is his motto. You’ll be a better person for taking the time to get to know him. Join him and his friends Augie Meyers and T Gozney Thornton, riding the waves of the Caribbean, playing music and sailing on this new musical venture "The Fandangos."