South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound – Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and the history and influence of South Texas on popular music of today. Documentary filmmaker Tracy Ready examines the influence of German, Polish and Irish immigrants in South Texas on popular music styles including Country, Tejano, Blues and Rock and Roll, from a unique perspective.
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Musician Augie Meyers has taken the music of San Antonio to audiences the world over through performances and recordings dating back to the 1950’s. His long list of credits include Grammy award winning albums and extensive touring with Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados, solo albums dating back to the early 1970’s, motion picture soundtracks, and performance credits on landmark albums for a host of influential American musicians including Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm and John Hammond, Jr.
Meyers’ life as the son of Polish immigrants, who grew up in the multi-cultural melting pot that is San Antonio and then took that sound to the world, is the central focal point of the documentary, but the story begins much earlier.
The South Texas Soul will follow the story and musical influence of the earliest European immigrants to Texas, and carry it through to the modern age. The film will weave interviews and insights from working musicians of today, historians and fans with archival photos and rare performance footage. It traces the earliest entry of the accordion to the south Texas to the story of Augie Meyers, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and the Texas Tornados, and beyond to a new generation of the South Texas sound, carried on by such artists as Los Lonely Boys, Charlie and Bruce Robison, Robert Earl Keen and Shawn Sahm’s Tex-Mex Experience.
Tracy Ready will write, direct and produce the documentary in High Definition (1080 24p) with archival footage and photos from the past.
Initial principal interviews were conducted in San Antonio in 2008 with Augie Meyers and Jim Beal, Jr. historian and music writer for San Antonio Express News. Additional footage of Augie in session recording his current solo album at Blue Cat Studios was also acquired as a starting point for the film.
Included also in the film will be never before seen interview and performance footage of Augie Meyers in an interview with Tracy Ready in 1989.
Since 2008 we have added interviews to the archive for the film from Margaret Moser, Charlie Robison, Shawn Sahm, Joe Trevino and several more.
Tracy would like to thank Shawn Sahm and Clay Meyers and their families for their assistance in this project.
About the Documentary: South Texas Soul Documentary Features Legendary Texas Musician Augie Meyers
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Make a tax-deductible donation to Still Kickin’ Foundation (501c-3 non-profit) in support of the completion of “South Texas Soul: The San Antonio Sound”. Every bit helps – a portion of the proceeds go to support the foundation, the majority percentage directly supports this film. Please make a donation to support this project HERE > Still Kickin’ Foundation ™ Donations BONUS: As a thank you, you will receive a free copy of Trace Relations debut CD as a gift for every $15.00 donated
Trace Relations – Prosperity Street: This CD debut from the band Trace Relations is a unique listening experience encompassing Rock, Blues, Jazz and Americana styles.It’s twelve tracks of Texas groove guaranteed to improve your mood. Twelve years in the making, ‘PROSPERITY STREET’ is the culmination of two divergent lifestyles where songwriter meets filmmaker, merging on the highway between Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. It features a dynamic Dallas based rhythm section and guitar prowess from San Antonio’s Kevin Lewis, plus guest appearances from Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm of Texas Tornados, Katherine Dawn, The West Side Horns and more. Visit Trace Relations ™ official site for more information.
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