The Krayolas

The Krayolas

 Austin, Texas, USA

A pioneering '70s power pop garage band. They were hailed as Tex-Mex Beatles for their vocal harmonies and raw, youthful sound. RIYL: Cheap Trick, The Kinks, Squeeze, The Beatles


The Krayolas electrifying, high-energy performance at the Paramount Theatre on one of the most magical nights in rock 'n' roll history at South By Southwest's closing-night tribute to Doug Sahm was the cherry on top for the acclaimed San Antonio rockers. 
"It was our proudest moment to represent our hometown and Sir Doug's," said singer-songwriter Hector Saldana.
Accolades for the Chicano garage rockers ranged from "stunning," "standout" and "a complete revelation" to "a highlight," "aerobic," "gleeful" and "pumpin'" in Billboard, the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Lincoln Journal Star, American Songwriter, Colorado Springs Independent and San Antonio Express-News." 
The Krayolas return to SXSW with a new EP, "The Legend Cholly Wayne."
Known as the Tex-Mex Beatles, the band has garnered flattering comparisons to the Fab Four, Bob Dylan, the Who, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Warren Zevon. The Krayolas have been featured in Texas Monthly, The Washington Post, New York Times, The New Yorker, Paste, Pollstar, the Village Voice, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Alt-Latino,” MTV, and are regulars on SIRIUS XM “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” Dave Marsh’s “Kick Out the Jams,” KUTX and Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Roots and Branches of Americana.”

In 2014, the Krayolas were inducted last year into the Texas Music Office's South Texas Music Walk of


Kolored Music (1982)
Dead End Life (1987)
Best Riffs Only" (2007)
Little Fox" EP (2007)
La Conquistadora (2008)
Long Leaf Pine (no smack gum) (2009)
The Krayolas Kollection (2009)
Fruteria (The Fruit Cup Song) EP (2009)
Americano (2010)
Tipsy Topsy Turvy (2011)

All I Do Is Try/Sometime (1977)
Aw Tonight/Roadrunner (1977)
Gator Gator/Alamo Dragway (1978)
Christmas Time/Cry Cry, Laugh Laugh (1980)
Happy Go Lucky/The Sphinx Won't Tell (1982)
Sunny Day/Dorothy (1984)
Find A Girl/You're Breaking My Heart (1988)
Corrido Twelve Heads In A Bag (2009)
Fruteria (The Fruit Cup Song) (2009)
Under One Roof (2012)

Set List

The Krayolas play anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, pulling from over 30 years of original material. An occasional Doug Sahm or Kinks cover is thrown in the mix.