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A Lot Of Soul: Austin’s Tribute to Doug Sahm

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by 30daysout

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On a foggy morning recently, I climbed to the top of Doug Sahm Hill.  It was just a few days after a bunch of Austin musicians gathered at Antone’s to pay respect to the late, great Douglas Wayne Sahm.  I didn’t go to the concert but I did drop by Austin’s new Lady Bird Lake park and took the winding path up to the top of the hill named after this legendary Texas musician.

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Not much to see from the top – especially with the fog and all – and the only thing up there is a concrete bench circling a Texas map inlaid in concrete.  The only clue that the hill is related to anything about music is the sign you see as you are about to climb the hill (see above).  That’s why they had this big show the other night at Antone’s: to raise money for a plaque, a statue or something.

Climb to the top and take a look around.  You should have some Doug Sahm music playing in your portable player, because there’s no music to be heard up here.  At the right time of year you can certainly hear live music coming from just across the street at Auditorium Shores; a number of live shows happen there, including the big SXSW free shows in the spring.

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Greetings From Texas! Part 2 (Still Hot)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by 30daysout

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There’s a place in Austin, it’s called Barton Springs.  Even on these blistering hot days (temps in the 100s) the damn water is ice cold.  You leap into this pool at your own risk because you’re going from air that’s around 105 degrees into water that’s about 68 degrees.  It may not seem so bad to you folks up in the snow belt but try it some time.  I know for sure that my heart can’t take it – not like it could when I was younger.  Instead, my heart is definitely open to this Lone Star flavored refreshment:

MP3: “Cosmic Cowboy” by Michael Martin Murphey

MP3: “Houston Chicks” by Doug Sahm

MP3: “Gettin’ By” (live) by Jerry Jeff Walker

MP3: “Love At The Five and Dime” by Nanci Griffith & Darius Rucker

MP3: “Austin City Limits ad/Rusty Weir” (KILT-FM, 1977)

MP3: “Playboy Theme” by Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys

MP3: “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” by Freddy Fender

MP3: “Rosemary” by C.J. Chenier

MP3: “Pancho and Lefty” (live) by Townes Van Zandt

MP3: “Working At Working” by Wayne Hancock

MP3: “The Legend” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “Dublin Blues” (live) by Guy Clark

MP3: “To Live Is To Fly” by Steve Earle

MP3: “The Road Goes On Forever” by Robert Earl Keen

It’s Time To Enshrine Doug Sahm!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by 30daysout

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If there were a Mount Rushmore in Texas of our state’s greatest musical artists, the head of Douglas Wayne Sahm would rightfully be there, next to Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  “Sir” Doug Sahm is the godfather of Texas music and during his career he brilliantly covered rock and roll, country, blues and of course Tex-Mex.  Today’s Austin music scene – in fact all of Texas music – would not be the same without the influence of Doug Sahm.  So why isn’t he in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Sahm performed as a teenager on the streets and stages of his hometown San Antonio but in 1965, producer Huey Meaux gathered a motley group of musicians around Sahm and tried to beat the Beatles at their own game.  The Sir Douglas Quintet had a hit with “She’s About A Mover” – cut at Meaux’s Sugar Hill studios in Houston – and audiences soon realized the musicians weren’t British moptops at all.

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30 Days Out (From Christmas): Texas 2

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by 30daysout

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Along the Trail of Lights, Austin (2008)

Day 24 –  Here are some more favorites from the Lone Star State.  From Roy Orbison’s classic “Pretty Paper” (written by Willie Nelson) to Robert Earl Keen’s modern radio favorite “Merry Christmas From The Family,” these homegrown holiday chestnuts are enough to keep you cool on a humid December Texas night.  And they’ll keep you toasty a few hours later, when the cold front blows through.

MP3: “Pretty Paper” by Roy Orbison

MP3: “Blue Christmas” by Kelly Willis

MP3: “Merry Christmas From The Family” by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Christmas Morning” by Lyle Lovett

MP3: “Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk ” by Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

MP3: “I’m Grateful For Christmas This Year” by Hayes Carll

MP3: “Winterlude” by Joe Ely

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Merry Christmas” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, Joel Nava, Rick Orozco & Ricardo Castillon

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Rosie Flores

MP3: “Merry Texas Christmas, Ya’ll” by Asleep At The Wheel

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Texas

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day Ten – We’re one third of the way through, and thought we’d share some of the holiday music from the Lone Star State.  We have it pretty good here – the indigenous music can encompass country, blues, folk, Tex-Mex, polka and good old rock and roll.  And there is no shortage of true characters to play all this fine music here in Texas.  We will surely visit Texas again on our 30 day countdown, so warm yourself up a big bowl o’ chili or grill some Earl Campbell sausages and cue up these tunes.  Y’all have a Merry Christmas!

MP3: “When It’s Christmas Time in Texas” by George Strait

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez

MP3: “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Silent Night” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “Feliz Navidad” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Mason Dixon’s On The Line” by Jerry Jeff Walker

MP3: “Santa” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Must Be Christmas” by Brave Combo

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Rusty Wier