Finding the Groove
Augie Meyers is best known for playing groovy Vox organ hooks on songs like “She’s About a Mover” for the Sir Douglas Quintet, the late sixties to early seventies San-Francisco-via-San-Antonio Tex-Mex band.
But Meyers, 73, survived his childhood friend Doug Sahm, who died in 1999, to enjoy a second and even third act.
There is no definitive formula for a cult movie. Often, some aspect of the film just takes on a life of its own. That’s what happened with the 1996 comedy Bottle Rocket, which was the feature debut of the Texas filmmaker Wes Anderson (he won the MTV Movie Award for best new filmmaker that year) and the beginning of the film careers of two other Texans, the Dallas-born Luke and Owen Wilson.
All Shook Up
At this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, the one-man Austin band Shakey Graves, a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia, received some high praise. Terry Lickona, a longtime producer of the PBS hit the television show “Austin City Limits,” introduced him as one of his new favorite acts.
Piece of Her Heart
Broadway has been attracted to Texas women lately. Ann, the play about Governor Ann Richards, just finished its run. And in September, A Night With Janis Joplin, a musical about Port Arthur’s booming voice of the blues, who lived fast and died young (when she was 27), in 1970, will begin previews at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.
The Kemp’s ridley, Texas’ official sea turtle, is born an underdog. Only one in 300 hatchlings makes it to adulthood, after an initial scamper across the beach, past preying sea gulls and into the water, where it is under threat of errant shrimp nets and poachers, who use its eggs as an aphrodisiac and its skin for cowboy boots.