Cosmic groover Doug Sahm is gone, and so is Freddy Fender, but alive and well and playing the 2015 Ponderosa Stomp is one of their mejores amigos, Texas keyboard wizard Augie Meyers. Steeped in the Tex-Mex, R&B, polka, country, and blues sounds of his native San Antonio, Meyers and his Vox Continental organ powered mid-'60s hits like "She's About a Mover" and "Mendicino" for the Sir Douglas Quintet, the Huey Meaux-concocted faux British Invasion band that also featured Sahm as lead vocalist. Meyers later served as a key member of the Texas Tornados, the Grammy-winning bilingual supergroup formed in 1990 featuring Sahm, Fender, and the king of conjunto music, accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Meyers has issued numerous solo albums and has played with a host of musical luminaries, including Bob Dylan, John Hammond, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Amos Garrett, and Big Bill Morganfield.
"Augie's my man," Dylan has said of Meyers. "He's like an intellectual who goes fishing using bookworms. Seriously though, he's the shining example of a musician, Vox player or otherwise, who can break the code. His playing speaks volumes. Speaks in tongue actually. He can bring a song, certainly any one of mine, into the real world. I've loved his playing going all the way back to the Sir Doug days when he was featured and dominant. What makes him so great is that internally speaking, he's the master of syncopation and timing. And this is something that cannot be taught. If you need someone to get you through the shipping lanes and there's no detours, Augie will get you right straight through. ... Augie's your man."