With a tribute album coming Tuesday (March 24), the late Doug Sahm was the subject of two live homage’s this week at South By Southwest.
A Texas Tornados set highlighted a two-hour show on Thursday night at Antone’s, which featured several of the artists who contributed tracks to Vanguard’s “Keep Your Soul: a Tribute to Doug Sahm,” which commemorates the Texas music legend who came to fame leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. Led by Sahm’s son Shawn, the Tornados’ portion of the concert reunited surviving band members Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiminez for a six-song romp.
They played lively versions of “Who Were You Thinking Of?,” “San Antone,” Meyers’ “(Hey Baby) Que Paso,” a nod to the late Freddy Fender with a hot rendition of “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” (sung by Nunie Rubio) and Sahm’s best-known hits, “She’s About a Mover” and “Mendocino.” In addition to a documentary that’s being made about his father, Shaw Sahm also told the crowd that he, Meyers and Jimenez have recorded a new Tornados album – the group’s first studio set since 1996’s “4 Aces,” which will included some tracks with Freddy Fender recorded before his death in 2006.
The Thursday night tribute also featured performances by Jimmie Vaughan, the Gourds, Dave Alvin and Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, while Jake Andrews fronted a version of “Glad For Your Sake” that featured “Keep Your Soul” co-producer Bill Bentley on drums.
Doug Sahm, who was saluted as “the father of Americana music,” was also honored at the Austin Music Awards on Wednesday night with another performance that featured “She’s About a Mover” and Alejandro Escovedo recreating his version of “Too Little Too Late” from the “Keep Your Soul” album.
Other artists who took part in the tribute project include Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Sexton, Little Willie G, Terry Allen and a collaboration between Joe “King” Carrasco and the Texas Tornados.