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Labor Day Weekend Special Highlights San Antonio Sounds

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This weekend, enjoy a special program on Texas Public Radio celebrating the many sounds that make up the sounds of San Antonio. Hosted by Nick Spitzer, this special edition of the public radio program "American Routes" focuses on the music of the River City.

The music of South Texas is historically a mix of Mexican, German, Anglo and African American cultures, among others. Home to the Texas Conjunto Festival and the International Accordion Festival,  San Antonio is best known for Tex-Mex or Téjano music played by squeeze box masters like Flaco Jiménez, Narciso Martinez and Mingo Saldivar among many. On the program, we’ll speak with Flaco, who in collaborations with Doug Sahm, Ry Cooder, and Los Super Seven, has carried the music worldwide.

"Chicano brown-eyed soul" performers like Sunny and the Sunliners and other groups describe music that connected New Orleans and Louisiana Swamp Pop with San Antonio and East Los Angeles.

We'll also talk with Vox organ legend Augie Meyers who worked in the high hippie era with Doug Sahm as part of the Sir Douglas Quintet and later in the Texas Tornadoes. The conversation comes full circle with Max Baca, the leader and bajo sexto player of Los Texmaniacs who was influenced by both Flaco and Doug Sahm  The Grammy-winning family band sticks with tradition, but finds ways to include country, blues and rock . Plus music from Sam the Sham, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Freddie Fender and Willie Nelson.  Vamos!

"San Antonio Sounds" airs at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 2 on Texas Public Radio's KSTX 89.1 FM.

PLAYLIST:

Open Bed: Viva Seguin Flaco Jimenez

Arriba El Norte: 14 Exitos , San Antonio Music Publishers 
Open Bed: Sidewinder Parts I and II Sunny and the Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later, Big Crown Records 
Ay te dejo en San Antonio Flaco Jimenez 
Ay te dejo en San Antonio y Mas, Arhoolie Records 
Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs 
Pharaohization! Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Rhino 
Ooh Poo Pah Doo The Sisters with Ersi Arvisu
Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Minit
Papa Ain't Salty T-Bone Walker 
The Very Best of T-Bone Walker, Rhino 
Ya Me Voy (Ain't That A Shame) Freddie Fender 
Freddie Fender-- "Canciones de Mi Barrio", Ideal/Arhoolie
Instrumental: Chinches Bravas Sunny and the Sunliners
This is My Band, Big Crown Records 
SEGMENT: Flaco Jimenez

He'll Have to Go Ry Cooder and Flaco Jimenez 
Chicken Skin Music, Warner/Reprise 
Got You On My Mind Sunny and the Sunliners
Talk to Me , Key Lock Records 
Instrumental: Soul Pride Sunny and the Sunliners
The Missing Link, Big Crown Records 
SEGMENT: Brown-Eyed Soul, with members of Sunny and the Sunliners 

Let's Dance Chris Montez
The Hits, Smith and Co. 
Lonely Blue Nights Rosie and the Originals  
Golden Doo Wop Vol. 6, Cherished Records 
Corina Corina Freddie Fender 
Tejano Roots: Raices Tejanes, Arhoolie
Closing Bed: Norma la de Guadaljara Sunny and the Sunliners
This is My Band, Big Crown Records 
Open Bed: She's About a Mover Sir Douglas Quintet 
The Prime of Sir Douglas Quintet, Crazy Cajun 
Open Bed: Marina Los Texmaniacs
Borders y Bailes, Smithsonian Folkways 
Mendocino Doug Sahm
Mendocino, Smash 
Nuevo Laredo Sir Douglas Quintet 
Together After Five, Smash 
SEGMENT: Augie Meyers 

Is Anybody Going to San Antone Doug Sahm
Doug Sahm and Band, Atlantic 
Blues Stay Away from Me Doug Sahm and Band 
Doug Sahm and Band, Atlantic 
Instrumental: Viva Seguin Los Texmaniacs
Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways 
SEGMENT: Max Baca 

Instrumental: El Paso/San Antonio Rose Los Texmaniacs
Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways 
San Antonio Rose Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys/ Tommy Duncan 
San Antonio Rose and Other Hits , Columbia 
Faded Love Willie Nelson and Ray Price 
San Antonio Rose, Columbia 
Before the Next Teardrop Falls Freddie Fender 
The Best of Freddie Fender, MCA 
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights Sir Douglas Quintet 
The Return of Doug Saldaña, Phillips 
Home in San Antone Buddy Emmons, with Johnny Bush 
Guitar Player Presents: Country, Vol. 2, Rhino 
Closing Bed: The Eyes of Texas/Deep in the Heart of Texas Los Texmaniacs
Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways