THE STORY

When Sharleen gave her own performance of the Culture Club hit "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", McElhone loved her voice and they set about forming a band. Joining them were guitarist Ally McErlaine and drummer Stuart Kerr (ex-Love and Money and Friends Again). They found their name in the title of the Wim Wenders film "Paris, Texas", a movie they loved for the soundtrack made by Ry Cooder. They began writing songs and eventually got a record deal with Mercury. Sharleen and Ally quickly became the focal point, partly due to Ally's fluent guitar playing and their joint mastery of slide guitar.

Their live debut took place in March 1988 at the Tav Bar at Dundee University Students Association, on a small stage in the corner of the bar. Roddy, a guy who attended that gig recalls:

"Sharleen was sporting an impressive quiff hairstyle and by recollection I think they played most of the material that went on to form the Southside album (definitely played I Don't Want A Lover) and they also played a version of the Temptations' I Can't Get Next To You. I can remember it wasn't very busy, probably because at that time very few people knew anything about the band."

Richard Hynd replaced Kerr on drums in 1991 and the band was also augmented by the presence of Eddie Campbell on keyboards. "Mothers Heaven", released in 1991, failed to repeat the success of their debut, though by now the group had established itself as a strong concert attraction throughout Europe. This album was, like "Southside", also produced by Tim Palmer (David Bowie - Robert Plant) and was also a mix of mainstream and authentic Blues with a bit of Country and again the slide guitar as most striking instrument.

The band went on a world tour which brought them to the USA and they achieved their second UK Top 20 hit in April 1992 when a version of Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" reached number 19.

The third album "Ricks Road" was completed with new producer Paul Fox after the band stated their fondness for his work with 10,000 Maniacs and the Wallflowers. Ricks Road is the dirt track which leads towards the Bearsville Studios in Woodstock where also Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin recorded their albums. Paul suggested the studio because of the old equipment which provided a very warm sound and fitted perfectly with what the band had in mind. The album included backing vocals from Rose Stone, sister of Sly Stone. Although recognized now by many people as the best Texas album ever, Ricks Road was the least successfull one in the charts. Because of that disappointement the band went on a hiatus in 1995 and 1996. They did some performances on TV shows and did some concerts but lots of those had gone by unnoticed. Therefore a lot of people also thought Texas as a band didn't exist anymore.

THE BAND

Johnny McElhone

Full name: Johnny Francis McElhone
Date of birth: April 21, 1963
Place of birth: Lemarkshire, Glasgow, Scotland
Instruments: Bass
Previous Bands: Altered Images - Hipsway
Member since: Founded the band in 1986

Ally McErlaine

Full name: Alistair Manson McErlaine
Date of birth: October 31, 1968
Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Instruments: Lead Guitar
Member since: 1986

Eddie Campbell

Full name: Edward Anthony Campbell
Date of birth: June 6, 1965
Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Instruments: Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Other Bands: Eddie played keyboards in Sheryl Crow's band on her 1994 tour.
Member since: Founded the band in 1986

Tony McGovern

Full name: Anthony McGovern
Date of birth: May 16, 1970
Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Instruments: Guitar & Vocals
Previous Bands: The Smiles
Member since: 1999

THE COME BACK

By the end of 1996 they regrouped to record a new album at their home studio in Glasgow. they received a boost from an unlikely source - DJ Chris Evans. He invited Sharleen onto his TV show "TFI Friday" to perform an acapella version of "Tired Of Being Alone" to a rapturous reception. Boosted by this, Texas then played a series of small London concerts to invitation-only audiences to see how they responded to the new material. They also decided that Sharleen should become the focal point of the band's new glamorous look, a far cry from their old leather and denim days. In January 1997 they returned in style in the charts with the UK Top 10 hit "Say What You Want", the first single taken from the comeback album "White On Blonde". This album demonstrated the band's mastery of a number of musical styles and went straight to number 1 in the UK album charts to become the 1997's best selling album in the UK. Following singles taken from the album all reached the top 10, the passionate "Halo", the Motown-influenced "Black Eyed Boy" and the ballad "Put Your Arms Around Me" - all reached the Top 10. Suddenly Texas were everywhere again.

More unusually, the band teamed up with Method Man from Wu Tang Clan at the 1998 Brit Awards for a version of "Say What You Want", later released it as a single. Further proof of their resurgence came when they won a prestigious Ivor Novello award later that year. Amid the adulation and hectic concert schedule, they began to plan their next album. "The Hush" revealed an even more eclectic mix of styles going into the Texas melting pot. Top DJs Roger Sanchez, Giorgio Moroder and Rae & Christian remixed the singles.

The first single, the Oriental-sounding "In Our Lifetime", was a bold indication of their different direction, it even became a hit in the American Alternative charts. Follow-ups "Summer Son" and "When We Are Together" were classy pop songs with an edge. Mykey Wilson replaced Hynd shortly after the release of the Hush album.

Since then, Texas have ushered in the Millennium as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations and carried on their gruelling schedule. A Greatest Hits album was released in the fall of 2000 with three new songs, the singles "In Demand" (co-written and produced by Dallas Austin) and "Inner Smile" and "Guitar Song", based on Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'Aime Moi Non Plus".

Their Greatest Hits tour through the UK and Europe started in February 2001, followed by a few festivals. A few days before the start of the tour Mykey decided he didn't want to go on tour and he was replaced by drummer Steve Washington.

By the end of the tour the band announced they would take a two year break from touring so they could focus more on other projects. Sharleen will play in a movie, Ally is writing songs with a friend, Tony is working on a solo album which will be produced by Johny who also is planning to build his own studio.