Monday, December 03, 2007

Doug Sahm - Live From Austin, TX (2007)

Doug Sahm was always a good time musician. It's what he always wanted to be and it's what he did best. This concert CD, recorded for the PBS TV series, Austin City Limits is no exception. Live From Austin, TX has been released simultaneously on both CD and DVD as part of a series on the New West label and culled from the archives of the acclaimed music performance show. This is a complete concert from November 14, 1975.

Augie Meyer who was Sahm's main sideman beginning with The Sir Douglas Quintet in the 60s is on board as usual, playing his Hammond B-3 organ. Meyer contributes most of the best moments on songs that Sahm made famous with the quintet including "Nuevo Laredo," "Rains Came," "Mendocino," and "She's About A Mover." This is a typical Sahm performance because everyone, especially the leader, is having a great time playing the hits, traditional fiddle tunes such as a romping version of "Cotton-Eyed Joe," and covers of T-Bone Walker and Texas swing giant Bob Wills.

As always, Sahm and his band are in a relaxed groove as they boogie through the evening. If you are a Sahm fan, like I am, this disc will fulfill your wish for a good time.

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