Another hot July night and Los Rauncheros was headlining a biker rally outside of Houston, Texas. The band took the stage and cranked out its first set of classic rock, instrumental surf, blues, and classic country, punctuated by tunes penned by the band – a genre Los Rauncheros calls Country Surf Garage. Picture Dick Dale sitting in for Keith Richards while the Stones play an Albert King song in a Mexican border town.

During the first set, the riding clubs and other bikers sized up the band, including one such club in the recesses of the outdoor pavilion that housed the stage. The club members were shrouded in darkness – all that could be seen was the orange glow of seven cigarette embers.


Just as the band was finishing the first set, the “P-Magnet” approached Bill “Queso” Towns, Los Rauncheros’ lead singer. The P-Magnet was a bare-chested colossus festooned in overalls, Redwing boots, and the club’s tan vest. Mustached, the P-magnet sported a pink fur chapeau reminiscent of a topper the cat in the hat might have worn. Engaging in simultaneous teeth gritting, Queso and the rest of the band worried what the P-Magnet might want. “Can Crazy Bob sit in with you dudes?” the P-Magnet asked. Hey, what the P-Magnet wants, the P-Magnet gets.

After a quick hand motion, Crazy Bob – wearing the club’s tan vest and cut off jeans – emerged from the darkness and hopped on stage so quickly you almost would not notice he was missing his left leg below the knee. Bill “Beto” Burdette lent Crazy Bob his guitar and the jam began. Afterward the band fist bumped with Crazy Bob and he again disappeared into the darkness.

The band continued with the second set and, halfway through, the P-Magnet returned to the stage – what now? Suddenly, the P-Magnet handed Crazy Bob’s prosthetic leg (worn Nike still attached) to Scott Breitenwischer. What does this mean? How does one act when offered another man’s leg? Scott put down his bass and grabbed the leg. As he did, ice cubes spilled out of the top of the substitute limb and the answer was clear, the band was to drink a stoutly-mixed cocktail from the leg. First, Scott drank, then Queso, then guitarist Doug Walla, drummer Tom Conley, and finally Beto. As the leg was returned to the P-Magnet the band knew it would never receive higher acclaim for its music.

At every show, whether gigging in Helsinki, Finland, opening for Molly Hatchet, or playing in Houston at a favorite haunt like Dan Electros or Last Concert Cafe, a new chapter in Los Rauncheros’ biography is written. Come check out the band and write yourself in as a character for the Los Rauncheros archives.