Star-studded Doug Sahm Trib for March

 

Los Lobos, Dave Alvin, Alejandro Escovedo and tons more paying tribute
to the late, great Sahm.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Vanguard Records has
announced Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, slated for a March 24 release. It
will mark the tenth anniversary of Sahm’s death in 1999, and the songs on Keep
Your Soul
will cover Sahm’s entire history, including his time with the Sir
Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados and many solo recordings.  It features artists such as Levon Helm,
Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Dave Alvin, Shawn Sahm with Augie Meyers, Jimmie
Vaughan, Alejandro Escovedo and others. See the list of contributors
below. 

 

 

Doug Sahm created a
vast musical impact over a 50-year career. Starting in Texas and traveling far
beyond, he is considered by many to be one of the most significant figures in
blues, rock, R&B, country and other genres, as well as an originator of
Tex-Mex rock & roll.   “My dad is a vital
link in the Texas
musical food chain,” says son Shawn Sahm, “and this album will show
that he belongs right next to all his peers when it comes to being a
founding father of the state’s rich legacy.”

 

 

Born in San Antonio, Texas
on November 6, 1941, Doug Sahm was a child prodigy in country music, starting
his professional career singing and playing guitar, mandolin, pedal steel and
fiddle as “Little Doug” when he was only nine years old. He went on to form the
1960s influential group the Sir Douglas Quintet, scoring a Top 10 single with
“She’s About a Mover.” Later, with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco
Jimenez, Sahm founded the Grammy Award-winning Texas Tornados.  He continued recording as a solo artist and
won another Grammy Award for The Last Real Texas Blues Band, and
recorded with a new formation of the Sir Douglas Quintet on SDQ ’98. His
last studio album, The Return of Wayne
Douglas
, was released posthumously after being made at a studio near his
hometown of San Antonio,
returning Sahm to his country roots and the area where he first began.

 

 

Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, produced by Bill Bentley, Stephen Brower, David
Katznelson and Shawn Sahm, celebrates the life of a true American music
visionary. Sahm was a master of every style he played, and is viewed as someone
who helped shape the sound of modern music. He was also a sought-after session
musician, appearing on other releases with Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead,
Uncle Tupelo and many more. His 1973 Atlantic Records release, Doug Sahm & Band, included special
guests Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Flaco Jimenez, David Bromberg, Andy Statman, David
“Fathead” Newman and Wayne Jackson.

 

 

The late Atlantic Records
executive and album producer Jerry Wexler inscribed his autobiography Rhythm and the Blues to Sahm in 1993:
“To Doug, of all the musicians I’ve worked with, I have always felt closest to
you. And of all of them, you are the most gifted, the most versatile, with a musical
ability that never quits.” Keep Your Soul co-producer Bill Bentley adds, “These new recordings of Sahm’s songs by the
musicians who loved him would no doubt have Doug proclaiming, ‘far out,’ and
then grabbing his guitar to go find a place to play. He really was a Texas tornado, and there
sure won’t be another Sir Doug.”

 

 

 

List of confirmed artists at press time (with
more to be announced)

 

 

 

Delbert McClinton / Texas
Me

Levon Helm / She’s About a Mover

Los Lobos / And It Didn’t Even Bring Me Down

Jimmie Vaughan / Why, Why, Why

Alejandro Escovedo / Too Little Too Late

Greg Dulli / You Was For Real

Dave Alvin / Dynamite Woman

The Gourds / Nuevo
Laredo

Terry Allen (with Joe Ely) / I’m Not That Kat Anymore

Freda & the Firedogs / Be Real

Shawn Sahm (with Augie Meyers) / Mendocino

Joe ‘King’ Carrasco & Texas Tornados / Adios Mexico

Charlie Sexton / Magic Illusion

 

 

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