South Texas Soul examines the history and influence of South Texas on popular music of today. The film hinges on the story of Texas legendary musicians Augie Meyers and Doug Sahm and how their San Antonio roots played into the success of Sir Douglas Quintet and the Grammy Award winning Texas Tornados.
The tale begins in the 1800's when German and Polish immigrants brought the accordion to South Texas communities where the polka sound mixed with the Mexican folk music (Rancheras) of the times. That mixture led to what is known as Tejano music today and it's influence can be heard in American Country and Rock and Roll.
Of German and Polish descent, Augie Meyers, now 70, grew up in the working class neighborhoods of San Antonio and played all types of music until hooking up with childhood friend Doug Sahm to form Sir Douglas Quintet in the 60's, a group passed off briefly in the media as an English Rock Band. It was the height of Beatlemania and the ploy worked in getting airplay for their biggest hit "She's About a Mover" now considered a 60's garage band rock classic. It had a heavy backbeat, they grew their hair long and played rock festivals all over the world, but if you listen to the song, it was all South Texas Soul, in a new wrapper.
Subsequent years saw Augie in various roles as bandleader and sideman to luminaries such as Bob Dylan and John Hammond Jr. who went to Augie for his signature keyboard sound.
In the 90's Doug and Augie formed the Tex-mex supergroup Texas Tornados including crooner Freddie Fender and accordianist Flaco Jimenez. They again took the sound to the world.
Doug Sahm passed away in 1999, but Augie carries on, writing and recording to this day.
South Texas Soul examines this influential American music from it's roots in 1800's to it's impact on music today, featuring in depth interviews with Augie Meyers, music historians and more. Produced and Directed by Tracy Ready, Trace Productions, Dallas, Texas.