As a course of musical therapy he decided to assemble a band that would play the music that inspired him to play guitar. So to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood & ZZ Top Dwane placed an ad on Craigslist to form a Texas Blues and Rock Band. The first two candidates to reply to the ad were Ricardo Bacardi, who enlisted for the position of bass guitar and Ken Loudmann, signed up for drums. The three musicians got together for an informal "audition" and played 10 songs together to get a feel of how the others played.
After playing the songs only once, they all agreed that they would meet weekly and eventually assemble a song list with enough songs to book some shows. That same weekend Ricardo landed the band's first gig! The group, then using the name Rio Grande, met at the club on Sept 11, 2010 and did the show with no further rehearsal!! The boys played 25 songs on stage for the very first time together in front of a full club plus the 10 that they played only once in the audition. The show was a success and they were immediately hired for a return engagement. Over 200 shows later the band is going stronger than ever with their first album Black Satin Blues released in Jan 2013 and a second album slated for 2014.
What started as a musical distraction turned in to the powerhouse that Texarillo has become. Black Satin Blues has gotten great reviews from many in the blues scene around Canada, the US, England, Australia, Greece, Croatia, The Netherlands and France to name a few and more. Their songs are featured on FM and internet radio stations all around the world. Official Website: Texarillo Read more on Last.fm.
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