The Texas Horns Make Their Severn Records Debut with “Get Here Quick” Out May 24

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 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – 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.”  

Get Here Quick Track Listing and Credits

Guitar Town
(John Mills, StutterStep Music, BMI)
Guy Forsyth, lead vocals
Carolyn Wonderland, harmony vocals
Anson Funderburgh, lead guitar
Johnny Moeller, rhythm guitar
Red Young, keys
Russell Jackson, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

I’m Doin’ Alright, at Least for Tonight
(Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, KazJazz Music, BMI)
Carolyn Wonderland, vocal & lead electric guitars
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

Feelin’ No Pain
(John Mills, StutterStep Music, BMI)
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Red Young, keys
Russell Jackson, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

Fix Your Face
(Gary Nicholson, SonyATV Cross Keys Music/Gary Nicholson Music ASCAP)
Gary Nicholson, vocal & electric guitars
Ronnie Earl, lead electric guitar
Johnny Moeller, electric guitar
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
John Bryant, drums & percussion

Better Get Here Quick
(Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, KazJazz Music, BMI)
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Red Young, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

Love Is Gone
(Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, KazJazz Music, BMI)
John Nemeth, vocals
Denny Freeman, electric guitars
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums

2018
(Al Gomez, KazJazz Music, BMI)
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
John Bryant, drums & percussion

Sundown Talkin’
(John Mills, StutterStep Music, BMI)
Curtis Salgado, vocals
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Red Young, keys
Russell Jackson, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

Funky Ape
(Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, KazJazz Music, BMI)
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Nick Connolly, keys
Keyboard synth, “Kaz”
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums

Soulshine
(Gary Nicholson, SonyATV Cross Keys Music/Gary Nicholson Music ASCAP)
Gary Nicholson, vocal & electric guitars
Anson Funderburgh, lead electric guitar
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums
John Bryant, percussion

You Can’t Be Serious
(Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, KazJazz Music, BMI)
“Kaz” Kazanoff, vocal
Johnny Moeller, electric guitars
Derek O’Brien, slide guitar
Jonn Del Toro Richardson, lead electric guitar
Red Young, keys
Russell Jackson, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums & percussion

Truckload of Trouble
(John Mills, StutterStep Music, BMI)
Ronnie Earl, lead guitar
Denny Freeman, electric guitars
Nick Connolly, keys
Chris Maresh, electric bass
Tommy Taylor, drums

Mark Kazanoff Talks about The Texas Horns:

“John Mills and I started The Texas Horns 20 years ago, and we were fortunate to get Al Gomez to join us on trumpet for the last dozen years or so. John is really an amazing musician; he can play just about any instrument (I have heard him on all the saxophones, flute, clarinet, and piano so far!). Plus he has turned into a wonderful arranger and songwriter. John can write string parts, arrange orchestral pieces, write film scores and front a jazz band. But he loves roots music and blues (as you can tell since he is working with me!). Once Al joined us, the horn section really took off. Al is a very powerful trumpet player, at ease playing everything from blues to jazz to Mexican music. Al is also an excellent arranger, and between the three of us, there isn’t much that would slow us down as a horn section. We love our role as the House Horn section at the Ottawa Bluesfest, where we get to work with so many great artists. We are all excellent readers, but sometimes we have the most fun just jamming and coming up with cool horn parts on the spot! The three of us have developed a wonderful working relationship over the years.

“I feel like, on our first CD, Blues Gotta Holda Me, although we did some original tunes, it was more like us paying tribute to some of the wonderful older styles that we all had grown up with, doing songs and styles that we loved.  When we started thinking about this new CD, Get Here Quick, we challenged ourselves, first and foremost, to create all original material, and to do things that really represented who we are as a horn section and as creative musicians. We wanted to find out what we could be as a horn section but also as song writers and arrangers. We also wanted to make music that, though obviously still blues based, was more contemporary, and might stretch our vision of what we could do, as well as challenge our listeners with songs that were new and unique and more modern.

“Doing this CD the way we did, spread out over many months, allowed us to work with some of our closest musical friends; great musicians who we have been performing and recording with for decades. Players and singers that we knew we could count on to contribute their soulfulness and musicality to every song. And then we could find just the right tune for each musician. That really made it a fun kind of ‘family’ project. When David Earl of Severn Records heard the stuff and immediately said he wanted to put it out, that made us all so happy. We realized that by working with all these wonderful musicians, and challenging ourselves to be the most original and creative we could be, we had been able to create something pretty special.” 

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Texas Horns photo:
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