The Texas Horns Serve Up Sizzlin' Blues, Soul and Roots on Their Severn Records Debut, "Get Here Quick," Due May 24
Special Guests Include Curtis Salgado, Ronnie Earl, John Nemeth, Anson Funderburgh, Gary Nicholson, Guy Forsyth, Carolyn Wonderland, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Johnny Moeller, Red Young and
Jonn Del Toro Richardson
Severn Record proudly announces the signing of The Texas Horns, and will release their label debut CD, Get Here Quick, on May 24. Comprised of Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff (tenor sax), John Mills (baritone sax) and Al Gomez (trumpet), The Texas Horns are one of the most in-demand horn sections for both recording sessions and on tour with some of the biggest names in the roots music world. Now, they get a chance to strut their collective stuff on their own album of blues, soul and roots music, backed by an all-star group of supporting musicians. Special guests on Get Here Quick include singers Curtis Salgado, John Nemeth, Gary Nicholson, Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland; as well as guitarists Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderburgh, Johnny Moeller, Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien and Jonn Del Toro Richardson.
The Texas Horns will celebrate the new disc’s release with a number of special shows in Austin, including April 17th at Antone’s (with special guest Guy Forsyth); and on April 27th at the Central Market North Festival (with special guest Anson Funderburgh). Later this summer, they’ll head north to Canada to headline at the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa on July 1st for Canada Day; headline at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 6th (they’ll also be the “house horns” for the rest of the Bluesfest); and a headline gig on July 17th at Irene’s in Ottawa. The Texas Horns will also be playing several dates with Jimmie Vaughan, including March 27th in Dallas; and March 28th at Austin’s Moody Theatre, both on shows with Buddy Guy. Additionally, they’ll join Jimmie Vaughan in May at London’s Royal Albert Hall for shows with Eric Clapton.
“It took us a year to make Get Here Quick,” recalls Mark Kazanoff, who with his horn-mates arranged all the songs and horns on the sessions. “I don’t usually like to do record production projects like that. But this time, we had so many wonderful guest musicians in mind that we knew we would never be able to get everyone together in one place for a week or two; so we did the CD bit-by-bit. That also allowed us to use a couple of different rhythm sections, including both Tommy Taylor and John Bryant on drums. We also were fortunate to get both Chris Maresh and Russell Jackson on bass. No way to get all those great players in one place for very long.
“Same with the guitarists, we were so fortunate to have Denny Freeman, Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderburgh, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Johnny Moeller, and Derek O’Brien with us at different stages of the recording process.
“And of course with our vocal guests, I have to pinch myself that we have Curtis Salgado singing one of our tunes; same with John Nemeth. We were very happy to be able to get into the studio with Gary Nicholson for a couple of his original songs. We also wanted to do something with Carolyn Wonderland, so we asked her to sing my song, “I’m Doin’ Alright, at Least for Tonight.” We also were so happy to get to work with Guy Forsyth. He did a beautiful job with John Mills’ “Guitar Town.”
“We also got to record with some wonderful keyboard players. One of my biggest musical revelations in the last few years has been getting to work with Red Young, a truly amazing, world-class keyboardist and singer.
“The final and maybe most important part of this whole project was Stuart Sullivan. We recorded everything at Stuart’s Wire Recording Studio here in Austin. At last count, Stuart and I have made 50 recording sessions together since the ‘80s. Stuart made this whole thing WORK. He is a true ‘analog’ guy, who went on to master Pro Tools; but what is so special about Stuart is his musicality and good sense.”