2014 Tex Mex Fandango

This is the 6th annual Tex Mex Fandango Cruise and it is going to be awesome in 2014!

We will be on Royal Caribbean’s  Navigator of the Seas leaving out of Galveston, TX on February 9, 2014 and returning on February 16, 2014. The ports of call include Cozumel, Belize and Roatan (Honduras).

There will be a private group excursion offered as soon as we decide which one to pick. That will be an additional cost, and can be paid later. The group excursion is not mandatory, but it will be a lot of fun!

You can either pre pay gratuities, which are $81.55 per person for the week ($11.65 per day) or you can pay them at the end of the cruise.

 

Stateroom Types Available:

Deluxe Balcony: E1       $1,119 pp*        Register Now
Oceanview: H       $969 pp* Register Now
Promenade: PR       $899 pp* Register Now

Deluxe Balcony: E1

Oceanview:H

 

Promenade: PR

 

 

7 Night Caribbean (Caribbean – All)

Royal Caribbean International
Sailing Date: Feb 9th, 2014
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Ship Name: Navigator of the Seas
Departure Port: Galveston

Itinerary Cruise Map:

Itinerary Cruise Map for Tex Mex Fandango

Itinerary Cruise Map for Tex Mex Fandango

Sailing Itinerary:

Sailing Itinerary for Tex Mex Fandango

 

 

 

 

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T. Gozney Thornton Rings in the New Year!


Looking forward to 2012

We ended the year 2011 on a high note by doing what we do best and that is playing music for our friends at a New Year’s Eve Dance.  The venue was packed and the dance floor was always busy.  That’s what we like to see.  We counted down the seconds to the new year and then sang Auld Lang Syne to mark the transition from one year to the next.

There were plenty of our Tex-Mex Fandango cruise members in attendance at the dance and I spent a lot of time during the breaks visiting with old friends.  That is just part of what makes it so enjoyable for The Old Hat Band to play our music both in this area and around the state.  We have made so many friends all over Texas that wherever we go, we get to renew friendships.  Now that New Year’s Eve has come and gone, we will be getting ready for the Tex Mex Fandango & Blues Cruise IV which leaves Galveston on January 29, 2012.

Check out the New Year celebration photos by clicking on this link:

New Year 2012

Here’s a New Year’s Eve interview:

 

From all of us in The Old Hat Band we wish you nothing but the very best in the year 2012.  Please feel free to take time from your busy schedules and come out to any of our performances and enjoy yourselves.

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T. Gozney Thornton’s Performances of 2010

It’s been a Fandango of a time and the good times will continue to roll all through to the cruise date of January 30, 2011!

It started at Miss Hatties in San Angelo when T. Gozney Thornton asked us to be the Travel Agents for his 3rd Annual Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise. David and T. Gozney have been friends for a long time. Since then we’ve attended almost all of his performances to answer questions and to sign up fans and friends to join us on the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise.

It’s been so much fun listening and dancing to T. Gozney Thornton and the Old Hat Band!  We’ve been to Miss Hatties, The Chicken Ranch, Mertzon Rodeo Dance, The Simply Texas Blues Festival, and Sealy Flats.

Here are some upcoming events!  Hope to see you there!

October 14, 2010 –  6:30pm – 8:30pm – The Chicken Farm Art Center (Solo of Originals) This is the GRANDE FINALE for the Concerts in the Courtyard Series. Just about every one who played during the year will be doing about 10 minutes each. Ed Stabler, Daniel Makins, Richard Ramirez, Terry Mills, Mark Cullimore, Mary Palmer, Roy Don Scott, Tamara Rosini-Laney, Dayton & David Alexander, Randy Blackwood & Jerrilyn Prestiano and Cynthia Jordan.

October 16, 2010 – 9:00 pmParty Ranch5233 Christoval Rd San Angelo, TX 76904 – with THE OLD HAT BAND – This will be a PARTY!!!

Here are some pictures, come out and join us and have a Fandango of a Time!  Don’t forget to join us on the 3rd Annual Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise and ‘Git Yer Cruise Boots On!’

Miss Hatties, April 9, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton performing at Miss Hatties

Richard Ramirez playing the keyboards at Miss Hatties

T. Gozney Thornton and David Werst at Miss Hatties

Simply Texas Blues Festival, May 8, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton Solo Winner of Simply Texas Blues Festival

Blessing of the bikes

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas

Simply Blues Jim Rose and Joe Jonas, Larry Jolley in the background

Sealy Flats, May 21, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton and the Old Hat Band at Sealy Flats

David Werst, Bob Livingston, and T. Gozney Thornton

Jim Rose playing the harmonica

Ramona and David Werst having a Fandango of a Time!

Miss Hatties, June 4, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton

Tiana Thornton, Fallon Riley, Laura Ducote, Ramona & David Werst, Dr. Karen Cody, Lu & Lesley Worsham

Tiana and Pam Thornton, Fallon Riley

Ramona and David Werst

Paula Sue’s, June 5, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton

Cynthia Jordan singing her song, Jose Cuervo and T. Gozney Thornton

Joe Dianda

Manuel Burciaga

Manuel Cortez

Fallon Riley Tiana Thornton Cynthia Jordan Pam Thornton

Cynthia Jordan and David Werst

Agnes Dianda and Delores Contreres

Carolyn Weatherby Kay Weatherby Margaret Nixon

David Werst Lesley and Lu Worsham

T. Gozney Thornton and Terry Steven, played their original songs and

it was Ramona’s surprise 50th Birthday Party with all her friends!!!

June 23, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton

Ramona Werst celebrated her 50th Birthday!

Janice and Mark Werst

JB and Pat Bitner

Laura and Mikel Jones

Mario and Roslinda Martinez

Mike and Marylou Elkins

Robbie Luxton

Pam Thornton and friends

Lu Worsham, Dr. Karen Cody and friends

Ramona and David Werst

The Texas Tornados at Antones in Austin, TX. July 8, 2010

Augie Meyers, Bobby Flores, Speedy Sparks, and Shawn Sahm

To see the Fandango of a Time at the PreCruise Party, click here

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Festival, September 26, 2010

T. Gozney Thornton and The Old Hat Band

T. Gozney Thornton

Joe Dianda

Manuel Cortez

Manuel Burciaga

Cruise Auction Winner Jose Ruiz and Ramona Werst

Dancer and Carolyn Tipton

Cindy (Jordan) and Dennis Buckingham

Joe and Agnes Dianda

Cindy (Jordan) Buckingham Tiana Thornton and Jordan Buckingham

Cindy (Jordan) Buckingham and Kay Ellis

T. Gozney Thornton, Skeet Anglin, Dash Croft and Joe Forlini

Chicken Farm Art Center, November 28, 2010

Lu Worsham

Bob Simpson & T Gozney Thornton - Chicken Farm Art Center Thanksgiving Jam

Keep coming back for more pictures!  You can join us and have a Fandango of a Time!



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Free Drawing for a Cookwell & Company Basket

Ramona Here with the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise

We are so glad you have entered the Cookwell & Company Gift Basket Giveway

Cookwell & Company is a Texas based company in Austin and their cooking products are fantastic.  You can find them at most HEB Supermarkets.

Here is how to enter:

Just add your name and email address when you download the eBook about the Tex-Mex Fandango and you will automatically be entered in the Cookwell & Company Gift Basket giveaway.  The eBook tells all about the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise, the performers, the ports of call, the ship we will be sailing on and the various shore excursions available on this cruise.  It’s everything you wanted to know, but didn’t know how to ask!

Here’s what you get…

The gift basket is filled with some of the best tasting items you’ve ever had.

Boch & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce – combines Shiner Boch Beer® with dark brown sugar and savory spices for a one of a kind taste.
Texas Two Step Chili Mix – combines vine ripened tomatoes with a unique blend of 4 different chili peppers for the most authentic Texas chili.
Watermelon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – is a refreshing dressing that’s great on mixed greens.
Asian Ginger Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – an authentic Japanese steakhouse dressing.
Bananas Foster Dessert Sauce – The owner of Brennan’s® challenged his chef to use the banana in a new dish.  He sautéed bananas in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with delectable concoction over vanilla ice cream.
Tomatillo Salsa – mild heat, with a hint of Cilantro and lime.
Escabeche Style Salsa -a spicy marinade made with lime juice, onions, Jalapeños and carrots.
The Drawing for this fantastic basket will be held at a T.Gozney Thornton and the Old Hat Band performance at The Stagecoach Saloon in San Angelo, Texas on August 14, 2010.
Basket donated by Cookwell & Company….products available at HEB Supermarkets.  Simply download the eBook on the cruise to be entered for a chance to win this fantastic prize.

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Kenny Daniel

From 1964 to 1968,
the top teen band in North Texas

was a five piece combo called Kenny and the Kasuals…..

You can buy his latest CD’s at Kenny B. Daniel. com

Kenny Daniel will be joining us on the TexMex Fandango III this year and bring his great music with him.
Here’s a little more info on Kenny.
With the explosion of Garage bands and teen bands from those days back in the mid ’60’s, being the top band, packing ’em in at every kind of social gathering under the sun….was no small feat.  But it was Kenny and the Kasuals that stood out and on top.

The band has been featured in write-ups in Rolling Stone (which called them one of the only true sixties bands left in the world), Texas Monthly, D Magazine, Creem, Bomp and Goldmine Magazines and have been featured on television news and variety shows.

Kenny and the Kasuals were featured at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin.

You can get to know Kenny and the other great performers up close and personal by booking a cabin on the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise III right away.  Call Texas Cruise Company at 1-325-835-7561 for more information and to reserve your cabin.

Kenny and the Kasuals still perform regularly featuring three of the original members (and on certain fun occasions, the entire original band). Two other top-quality musicians round out the current line-up. The music they play is still a high-energy mix of the hits and album dance songs that filled the dance floors in the sixties.

Kenny and the group does songs and cuts from several other big name bands including the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, The Kinks, the Doors,  and too many more to list here.

From their website at Kenny B. Daniel you can read more about the band that is still rockin’ and gaining fans as soon and you hear them.  Their original album Impact is a collectible and a copy recently sold on eBay for $1,000.

They have opened for some pretty impressive bands including Stray Cats, Oingo Boingo, Patty Smith, The Go Go’s, Yardbirds, The Doors, Beachboys – 3 times , Herman Hermits, Chicago, Poco, The Turtles, The Zombies, Bad Finger, Mountain, Mitch Ryder, Iron Butterfly, Dixie Chicks, Steppenwolf, Guess Who, Eddie Money, Rolling Stones , Stevie Wonder, The Romantics, Beatles, Jimmy Reed, Al Green, Denny Freeman, Marc Benno, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Country Joe And The Fish, Willie Nelson, Pure Prairie League, Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Fromholz, and plenty of others.


You can see him most every Saturday Night at the Balcony Club in Lakewood in the Dallas area from 6 to 9 PM, performing with KGB, if not playing another event.

The Tex-Mex Fandango III Cruise is pretty excited about Kenny Daniel joining the cruise this year and bringing with him a great mix of your favorites.

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Joe Forlini

Guitar virtuoso Joe Forlini has some friends in ‘high’ places and he has performed with them.  Joe has performed live with Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Seger, Joe Ely, Calvin Russell, Steve Fromholz, Johnny Duncan, Roy Head, Chris Wall, Rusty Weir, Gary P. Nunn, and Larry Joe Taylor.

In demand both as a session player and performer, FORLINI has demonstrated that he has the CHOPS and the EDGE — whether it be Country, Blues, Jazz or Rock!

Tex Mex Fandango III is indeed lucky to be able to feature someone of Joe Forlini’s caliber and you will also get to meet Joe up close and personal.  He’s one of the ‘good guys’ and after you meet him in person, you will be among his friends for sure.

Having lived in Texas for the last 10 years, Forlini has developed a loyal following of fans. It certainly isn’t easy being a “Guitar Man” in a city that produced such greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson, but being in Austin’s charged musical atmosphere only inspired and motivated Joe Forlini to develop his enormous talent and unique style.

Joe Forlini’s latest album is titled, “Six String Highway.”
Soaring guitar solos and plaintive swells are the trademark sounds of this guitar virtuoso’s newest effort, Six String Highway.

It’s a  blend of acoustic rock with a hint of country with some mandolin thrown in to add a little flavor.   It leaves the listener with a wonderfully satisfied feeling, as if tasting a vintage wine for the first time or partaking of a surprising culinary delight.  Six String Highway is a taste that tantalizes the palate and leaves the listener yearning for more.

Forlini shows his mastery of the stringed instrument, stretching out,  and capturing the essence of “ While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” making it his own.  Forlini’s mournful voice and uncanny ear for the slightest nuance of the song, is able to combine the intelligence of Ian Tyson with the technical wizardry of Eric Johnson.

He crafts a tightly produced and well polished finished product, while maintaining the heart and soul of the troubadour.  From love songs to party songs to balladic symphonies, Six String Highway will appeal to Folk, Rock and Americana fans alike.

Many of Joe’s friends have thrown their “hat into the ring” on this project, to make it one the finest new efforts of the year. The timeless and legendary Augie Meyers of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados fame, plays his signature VOX organ on his “Blame It On Love,” which along with Forlini’s transcendental guitar work, breaths a fresh and superlative vibe into the song.

Larry Joe Taylor sings with Joe on his “I Feel A Party Comin’ On” and if you listen closely, you can even  hear the beer bottles breaking as the party shifts into high gear.

And the last song on deck,  Forlini’s own, “If I Stayed With You, ” is a poignant cry of love that relates to everyone who has ever loved, moved on and wondered…“what if?”

Multi-talented Joe Forlini is among the best of the best and you can meet him and ‘his own angel’  named Deborah at the Tex Mex Fandango Cruise.  You can learn more about Joe at: JoeForlini.net

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

Augie Meyers


Augie Meyers – A Texas Legend

He’s a legend in his own time and you will meet this unassuming man up close and personal on the Tex-Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise IV that sails out of Galveston.  The Tex-Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise IV is all set for January 29 – February 5, 2012 onboard the fabulous Royal Caribbean ship Mariner of the Seas. This is the 4th annual Fandango and Augie has been on the previous cruises.

About the legend…..Here is a video that explains a little more about Augie and why he is both so well known in the music industry and loved by his fans….

Come join us on this year’s Tex-Mex Fandango and hang out with Augie, T. Gozney Thornton, and Jeff Strahan.  Bring your friends and let’s make this a regular get-together with new friends and old friends.

Let’s talk some more about Augie Meyers – his life and times.

Augie Meyers boasts a career few can ever hope to achieve or even match.  It was his Vox organ on the Sir Douglas Quintet’s “She’s About a Mover” in the 1965 hit; and it was his Texas twang along with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jiminez that led  to his Grammy-winning work with the Texas Tornados.  Augie Meyers is just waiting for his Hall of Fame moment.

Augie started out playing his music as a youngster.  An early bout with polio left him to rest up and it was during those days that he learned to play keys.   Later he owned the first English-made Vox in the USA.  He heard the sound and ordered one.  When the Dave Clark 5 came to San Antonio for a concert, Augie was opening the show with another group as was Doug Sahm.  The Dave Clark 5 were on the verge of cancelling their show because their Vox was broken.  Augie Volunteered his Vox.  They insisted it wouldn’t work because their Vox was an English-made Vox.  Augie said, “Man, I’ve GOT an English made Vox.”

It is moments like that, that make the legend that is Augie Meyers.  Mike Smith of  The Dave Clark 5 gave Augie his address and phone number and said, “If you ever get to England, give me a call.”  He made plenty more friends among the greats of music  just by being Augie. An unpretentious Texas boy with a huge load of talent.

But it was Doug Sahm and Augie that made up the Sir Douglas Quintent and their early days had them branded as English boys just over to America off the boat.  It was a big success and they sent two hits up the charts: “She’s About A Mover” and “The Rains Came.”  It was Trini Lopez that ‘outed’ the Texas boys announcing on the TV show Hullaballoo that Sir Doug and Augie were from his home state of Texas.  Those watching collectively went What?

But the Sir Douglas Quintet went on to more fame and fortune until a minor pot bust in 1965 disbanded the group.  Doug Sahm went to California.  Augie and the rest of the group couldn’t leave Texas for three years.  Augie put together another band called Lord August & The Visions of Lite.

It wasn’t long before Augie joined Sahm in California and the two busted the charts again with “Mendocino” with Augie and his Vox playing a starring role.  Augie suggested he and Sahm play some conjunto music and thus was the birth of  The Texas Tornadoes featuring Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm, Flaco Jiminez, and Augie Meyers.  The group was a mega hit winning Grammys and touring the U.S. and Europe. Hey Baby Que Paso became a big hit along with plenty of  others and Augie expanded  his universe playing with Bob Dylan on an album in 1997.

When Doug Sahm died suddenly  in  1999, it dealt a big blow to Augie.  “We had known each other since we were 12 years old,” he said.  “I still miss him every day.”  Then the Texas Tornadoes lost Freddy Fender to cancer.  It was Shawn Sahm and Augie who held it all together along with Flaco.

When the All Time Great Lists are made, it will be Augie Meyers sitting at No. 1 on the Rock and Roll keyboards.  And it is comforting to know he stayed true to his Texas roots right there in San Antonio even though he is known and admired throughout the music world.

So now you know just a part of what to expect when you join Augie Meyers on the Tex Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise January 29 – February 5, 2012.  You will be meeting a true Texas Legend.  Not everyone gets that kind of chance.

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Singers/Songwriters

The Tex-Mex Fandango III is a talented mix of artists who are well known throughout Texas and the Southwest, in the honky tonks and bars, and in big venues and small gatherings.  Mainly they are known for their music.  And, it’s the music that will be featured on the Tex-Mex Fandango III.   The recording artists providing the entertainment are coming along for both the music and to have a chance to entertain their friends and fans on the cruise.

T. Gozney Thornton is the organizing force behind the Tex-Mex Fandango and this is the 3rd year for the cruise featuring that good old Texas Music.

You can claim your berth on this fabulous trip and interact up close and personal with the entertainers as well and your friends both old and new.  Simply call Texas Cruise Company at 1-325-835-7561 to secure a berth on the Royal Caribbean Ship Voyager of the Seas.

The Tex-Mex Fandango will sail out of Galveston January 30 – February 6, 2011.  This is one of the premier singer/songwriter cruises available mainly due to the very gracious artists in attendance.  They are ‘salt of the earth’  type folks who have never forgotten where they came from.

Regardless of their fame and fortune,  they are all very approachable and you will make a lot of lifelong friends on the Tex-Mex Fandango cruise.

After all, it’s a Texas Cruise.

T. Gozney Thornton

Augie Meyers

Kenny Daniel

Joe Forlini

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.

T. Gozney Thornton


The Odyssey of T. Gozney Thornton

Looking back on all this, my story was just as much an oddity as it was an odyssey.

It all started back in 1982:  I had been on the road for about 12 years, hitting the honky tonks all over the West and Northwest, a real road warrior…going out for two or three months at a time, back to Austin to decompress for a few weeks and then back out there again.  About that time, a wild man by the name of Billy Callery came into my world.

Billy had written some great songs (Hands On The Wheel, Pot Don’t Call The Kettle Black, etc.), and had a deal with Willie Nelson on his Lone Star Record Label.  Billy decided that he couldn’t take the road anymore, so he took me out to Willie World on the Pedernales and introduced me.  Billy told Willie that he wanted to give me his deal because he knew I would go out on the road and promote it.  “Boy was he wrong!”

Time passed and I kept waiting for Willie to call.  I was about to give up on the idea……when my girl friend Pam, tired of my complaining, loaded me into her Toyota and drove me out to Willie’s house.  I knocked on the door and was relieved to find out from his daughter that he wasn’t home.  Just as I got back down the drive, here came Willie.  I mustered my courage and nervously blurted out, “Willie, you said you were going to get me in the studio, I just wonder if that was for real or what?”  Willie smiled at me, shook my hand and said, “can you come in the first of next week?”

Sure enough, just a few days later we were recording at Willie’s Studio.  Around that time, producer/musician, Steve Mendell, had moved down from Nashville and was working with people like Stevie Ray Vaughn and playing with all kinds of musicians from Neil Young to B.B. King to James Brown…you name it, he’s played with ‘em.  I had met Steve at several gatherings around Austin and we quickly became friends and when I asked for his help, he didn’t hesitate.  He brought in a lot of people to spice it up…like The Cain Sisters, then Fred and Julie Minter who wanted to help by investing in a trip to Nashville to put the “A” Strings from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on it.  Legendary steel player, Pete Drake laid down some tracks and Johnny Christopher, “Always On My Mind”, played guitar.

We even got the guy that played Cello on the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” on this thing.  ‘The sixth Beatle,’ man, I thought I was on my way to the big time!

When we got back from Nashville, we still needed a few more songs to finish the album.  I had a few more up my sleeve, and one night, a bunch of us were hanging out downtown and decided to go to Freddie Joe Fletchers studio in the Austin Opry House and lay down some tracks.  We recorded, The Best Part of Lovin’ with Stephen Bruton and Sammy Creason from Kris Kristoffersons band,  Chris “Easter” Ethridge (Flying Burrito Brothers) and Reese Wynan (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lonely Boys) on the keys.

What a trip!

It was about this time that I was introduced to my future wife’s grandmother, Ms. Kathleen Yellot.  “Mom”, as everyone called her, lived on the edge of the Bayou at the entrance to the “Big Thicket” around Lumberton, Texas.  “Mom” was a seer and a Curandera.  When we first met she said, “you’re a musician aren’t you?   I asked how she knew and she said, “Sit down, I’m going to read your cards.”  I did…and she did… and then she gave me some news I didn’t want to hear.  She told me that I was going to make it in the music business…but not until a quarter of a century had passed.  Well, here I was, getting all these great gigs and playing with some of the finest musicians in the world. I had the world by the tail … and I just thought she was full of it!

Well in the past twenty-five years, I’ve thought about that conversation a lot.

I hung around Austin until 1987 waiting for something to happen…but it never did.

I’ll never know why, but Pam agreed to marry me in May of ’82.  Soon my blushing 24 year old bride was blessed with a 12 year old son, when our son Eric from my first marriage, came to live with us.  I was still on the road a lot and my little family missed me. By ’85, our daughter Tiana was on the way and my recording tapes still lay in the can.   The record companies insisting that my sound was “just not right for the times.”

I was still getting some great gigs though.  I sang the state song at Mark White’s Governor’s Ball and had a cut on the 1986 Texas Sesquecentenniel Album.  But…, with a teenage son in need of  his dad and a newborn baby girl in tow, I decided is was time to leave the crazy life on the road and head home to West Texas to help my wife raise our children.

I’d made pretty good money playing, and all of a sudden I found myself with no job, no skills – other than musical and no prospects.

At first, I hocked my instruments to buy food and pay the rent on the house Pam had rented in the Barrio.  But soon, an old high school buddy and fellow musician, Richard Ramirez, gave me my first “real” job—as a plumber’s helper. Let me tell you, digging a 60 foot trench with a pick and shovel seemed a long, long way from playing before 40,000 screaming fans at Willie’s Picnic!  God had plans for me however and before long some other high school friends, the Andersons, hired me to work at their communications company.

They taught me the Tower trade.  They “taught me to fish” – as the saying goes.  The business was very successful after I went on my own and I sold it.  My future and my family’s future was secured.

But without music there were a lot of long days and it wasn’t long before Richard and I went back to our old ways.  In 1998 we started a band, The Old Hat Band. At first it was just the two of us, Richard on keys, piano bass and a drum machine, with me on guitar and harmonica.  We both sang and had great harmonies…still do!  Then we got Manuel Burciega to play drums for us and added various guitar and bass players players through the years…but kept on playing and “kept the dream alive” with the “Old Hat Band”.  All the songs we played were “Old Hat”!

A couple of years ago I started wondering what had happened to the tapes we’d done “back in the day”.  I got in touch with Steve Mendell and he set out on a quest to find them.  When he did, at Arlyn Studio in the old Austin Opry House, they were in pretty bad shape; covered with a quarter-century of dust with the emulsion coming off the backing. Steve got in touch with the 3M company and they sent him a machine to bake the tape.  We went into Loma Studio in Fredericksburg (one of the only places left in the country that still had an old Studer tape machine) and we started downloading to digital.  Lo and behold, the quality was still there!!!!  Then we got to work!  Richard, Manuel and our bass player, Joe Dianda went down and added some new parts.  I called my old guitar player from the original sessions, Joe Forlini, and he came in and put some new guitar work on the project.  Joe has learned a trick or two in the last 25 years.

Steve then suggested we get Johnny Gimble to lay down some fiddle.  He came in and did a great job.  I’d met Pauline Reese (the Mother of the Alamo) while working on Crockett’s Fiddle, recorded inside the Alamo with my friend K.R. Wood.  I asked her if she would come in and sing my lovers part on a couple of songs.  She agreed to…but promptly reminded me that when I first started this record, she was only two years old.  Thanks, Pauline!”   With the help of Augie Myers, Flaco Jimenez and Al Gomez of Texas Tornados fame, we went back in the studio and recorded a couple of new songs that tells the story of our “journey through time”!

The finished product, 26 years in the making, is called  “Legends Before the Fall.” It is the original 1982 album, with many of the original tracks that were laid in the 1982 recording sessions. Thornton added some new songs and calls it his musical odyssey. It is his way of letting the world know he is back.

And back he is. The album earned a Grammy nomination this year.

“Getting back into the music business is a lot easier when you have money,” Thornton says. But it also takes talent. Thornton has a great voice. “I guess I got it singing with my grandmother since I was three years old,” he says. “She was a voice teacher. I actually have some recordings of me singing with her.”

On “Legends Before the Fall,” there are recurring themes about Thornton’s life and love. Thornton explains some of his songs:

Es Tu Vida”—“It’s your life. And it’s a story of my life. It’s been a roller coaster ride. It’s been real high. Thought I had it made in the music business. I signed with Willie Nelson. [It was] every kid’s dream! And then got the rug pulled out from under me because they weren’t going to release my album. And I came here to San Angelo, started working as a plumber’s helper first, started from the ground up, and had to hock all my stuff. I’ve [since] built my life back up where I have something to be proud of. It could end in a moment’s notice; with droughts, the tower business could crumble into another 9/11. It’s a roller coaster ride.”

It’s Too Late”—“It’s about a girl I had been living with for several years, and I called her up from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from an old cowboy bar we had been playing up there, and she told me she had moved everything out of the house and moved in with another man. ‘It’s too late, the magic is all gone,’ she said. The song was written before I met Pam. I wrote it a long time ago.”

True Loving Ladies”—“Just my concept of women, I guess. True loving ladies don’t come free. You have to pay for them one way or the other.”

Best Part of Lovin’—“A new song I wrote for my wife, Pam. It’s a fairly new song.”

Legends before the Fall”—“Another story about people out on the road trying to make it after 20 years. [They’re] banging their heads up against the wall in those bars, and just chasing that big brass ring. But it’s just out of reach. And they’ve made it, and they were legends, and then the rug was pulled out from under them. In Legends, the guy is talking to a curandera, and she says, ‘When you get older, you’re going to make it.’ And that’s what I believe about my own life.”

Strawberry Stallion”—“This is a song about a rodeo cowboy who was in love with this girl, and she followed him all over the country while he was rodeoing. She had her own strawberry-colored stallion. And then he woke up one morning and the strawberry stallion was gone, [and] so was the girl. And the cowboy surmises the stallion and the girl are somewhere in Louisiana now, by an antebellum home, with the stallion standing out in the pasture. She got tired of chasing after him. And that’s happened to so many musicians: The girl falls in love with him, but then he’s on the road all the time . . . so it means something to me, too. I lost several girlfriends that way.”

Dream”—“Guy Mason (my drummer for 4 years when I was out on the road) and I wrote that song on a ranch in South Texas. We wrote it about a girl leaving… Well, it’s another love song.”

Twenty five years later, full circle…and ‘ just beginning’.  I can’t wait to make my next record…look for it in around 2032! (T. Gozney)
It’s not 2032, and T. Gozney Thornton will be releasing a new song:  Necesito Nada Mas.  Here’s a clip from the song.  It will be available in January of 2011!

Please go to www.tgozney.com to download photos and/or more information.

Thank you for your interest in the Tex-Mex Fandango Blues Music Cruise IV!!!

Sincerely,

T. Gozney Thornton

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About Us

Our version of a Tex-Mex Fandango includes plenty  of Fun, Sun, and Texas style music on a big cruise ship sailing out of  New Orleans. It also includes lots of new friends, friends of the band, friends of other friends, and a lot of friendly people…..along with few grumpy old men.

The Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise VII is a talented mix of artists who are well known throughout Texas and the Southwest, in the honky tonks and bars, and in big venues and small gatherings.  Mainly they are known for their music.  And, it’s the music that will be featured on the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise VII. The recording artists providing the entertainment are coming along for both the music and to have a chance to entertain their friends and fans on the cruise.

T. Gozney Thornton is the organizing force behind the Tex-Mex Fandango and this is the 7th year for the cruise featuring that good old Texas Music. This year Jimmy Butler will once again be joining the cruise and will bring his original songs and slingin’ his guitar.

RCI_Serenade_ExteriorSideYou can claim your berth on this fabulous trip and interact up close and personal with the entertainers as well and your friends both old and new.  Simply call Shelley at 1-817-426-6300 to secure a berth on the Royal Caribbean Ship, Serenade of the Seas.

The Tex-Mex Fandango will sail out of New Orleans on January 10 – 17, 2015.  This is one of the premier singer/songwriter cruises available mainly due to the very gracious artists in attendance.  They are ‘salt of the earth‘  type folks who have never forgotten where they came from.

Regardless of their fame and fortune,  they are all very approachable and you will make a lot of lifelong friends on the Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise.

T. Gozney Thornton

Augie Meyers

Jimmy Butler

The date for the next Tex-Mex Fandango Cruise is:
January 10 – 17, 2015

“Git yer Cruise Boots on!”

Call Horizon Vacations today at 1-817-426-6300 to reserve your cabin. 

If you answered all questions which demand the answer. That dared buy levitra and you won’t regret for one second. This opinion of many years of supervision. A lot of powder is in these boxes.