Our recent pair of performances at the 2006 Marfa Lights Festival were marked by the introduction of new keyboardist, Taro Gutierrez. If you were there, you heard... If you weren't there, have we got a surprise for you!
First though, we extend our best wishes to Terry Davidson, one our band's co-founders, in his new digs in seaside Corpus Christi. He now teaches in a local school district.
Terry was a fixture in west Texas music for over 20 years, both performing and teaching all over the Big Bend. Back in 2004, he and Tony Lujan had the idea of putting together a new band that would give both the opportunity to front a band of their own. Hence, The Resonators were formed, originally with only five members. Very soon thereafter, the band grew to six pieces, eventually reaching the current eight-member roster.
Even though The Resonators have had very good luck in building a fan base over the past two years, we're still a very young band. We hope this is just the beginning. Regardless, all past successes--and any that lie ahead--would not have been possible without Terry's guidance and patience. We'll miss you, man!
Looking for Terry's replacement, we crossed our fingers and hoped that we could convince long-time Ojinaga (Mexico) music "institution", Taro Gutierrez, to play. Taro's resume includes a full career as music teacher in Ojinaga, a post-retirement current position as mariachi director in the Presidio schools, and even a two-week playing engagement with Xavier Cugat in Las Vegas way back...
Taro currently has his own band in Ojinaga, Las Meras Cuerdas, so we're hoping we can juggle the schedule and keep him playing with us, too. But if hearing him play at Marfa Lights was any indication, ay caramba!