Check out this clip from Hullabaloo and you will see Sir Doug and the band remade as a British invasion band (see my previous post). Is this a freak show or what? Is that Trini Lopez introducing them? I think it is.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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In the 1965, Sahm and his friend Augie Meyers formed the Sir Douglas Quintet, which had a top twenty hit with She's About a Mover. Even though some of the players in the band were Mexican and they had a decidedly Tex-Mex sound, Sahm's record company remade them as a British invasion band to capitalize on the hot trend of the day. Whatever the story, Doug and this band had a unique sound and made some great music. They even patented the cheap Mexican organ sound heard on She's About a Mover and other Sahm songs.
The record kicks off with Doug's take on Is Anybody Goin to San Antone, which was a number 1 hit for Charlie Pride. With the fiddle playing the roll of a percussion instrument, Doug and the band turn this into an appealing romp. It has a loose, modern country sound and and you can tell the musicians are having a great time. Listen for the steel guitar taking on the fiddle parts later in the song.
I was lucky to see Sahm live at Ferdie's, a beer joint north of San Antonio, in May of 1986. It was a wedding celebration for a good friend who was a fan and long time friend of Doug's. The party (what I remember of it) was rocking and the music was great. I got to talk to Doug and Augie during one of the breaks. I asked Doug about Bob Dylan. He said: "He's a weird cat." Right after the break, the band launched into a blistering version of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues. My night was made.
If you don't have this classic album on your playlist, you need to add it. Available on iTunes and from Amazon.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have returned from my Steakhouse tour of America. In four nights, I ate at five different steak restaurants. (The Palm, Smith and Wollensky, Morton’s, Fleming’s, and Sullivan’s) Thank God for Vytorin and pass the salad.
As reported in my last post, I ended up my run at a birthday celebration in Kansas City. The party was fun and the music by Robert Earl Keen and the band was excellent. Robert played his usual high energy set and the crowd was very receptive.
An additional treat was the band that followed Robert for a short set of Merle Haggard favorites. I think they were called Bill Whitbeck and the Strangers, but I’m not really sure. All I know is they nailed Merle Haggard. Bill’s vocals were Haggard like and my favorite man of steel, Marty Muse, had all the right licks for the songs. Even the rhythm guitar player was pretty good. These guys might have a future.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Getting ready for Saturday's big 50th birthday celebration for Perry S, I am thinking about hearing Robert Earl Keen and his band live, drinking some whiskey and maybe even dancing the Saratoga no-step and falling down on my ass. Perry is a big fan of country music and Merle Haggard. A while back he suggested that I write a post about Haggard. This is it.