Today on Ecléctico you're listening to the Sir Douglas Quintet, a band that combined rhythm and blues with regional sounds from the Texas/Mexico border to make movin' and groovin' music in the late 60s and early 70s. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Raoul Hernandez on The Austin Chronicle.
"Nuevo Laredo" by Sir Douglas Quintet
1970 | American rock band from San Antonio
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- Not available on Bandcamp, but this live record from 1981 is
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's neglect notwithstanding, Douglas Wayne Sahm is music history, Texas and otherwise. Rock & roll hippie, country outlaw, R&B hepcat, Tex-Mex pollinator, jazz linguist, Sahm (1941-1999) lives forever as the Johnny Appleseed of Texas Music, hitching the Lone Star State's myriad musical traditions to his legend and spreading them the world over with his trademark cackle. Hip-O Select's Internet-only The Complete Mercury Recordings is Sahm's 5-CD Rosetta stone. Correction: Rosetta stoned.
Returning to print some six LPs, one EP, and more than a dozen singles, plus previously unheard surprises, this 6-inch-by-8-inch linen-bound collection should nestle perfectly on any bookshelf, which is where a comprehensive volume like The Complete Mercury Recordings belongs – amongst literature. This is a crucial chapter not only of the Austin music scene and Texas as a whole, but arguably, of world music itself. Whenever a glacier-living European dreams of Texas' big sky and the twin fiddles swinging underneath it, they sing Doug Sahm's jukebox.
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