Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm


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Ten years after his passing, Doug Sahm's family, friends, and followers salute the Texas giant with Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm. Surprise isn't the order of the day -- of all the artists involved, only Afghan Whig/Gutter Twin Greg Dulli could be called unexpected -- but rather a warm evocation of Sahm's spirit and sensibility, how he effortlessly encompassed almost every element of Texan music. By the very nature of a multi-artist tribute, Sahm's wide range is both emphasized and diminished, suggesting that he flitted from style to style instead of how blues, country, Tex-Mex, jazz, and rock & roll all coexisted in his music. Still, as tribute album problems go, this is pretty minor -- after all, what matters is the music, and Keep Your Soul is pretty rousing in that regard. Bookended by Sir Doug's two best-known songs -- "She's About a Mover," here performed by Little Willie G., the vocalist for Thee Midniters and Malo, supported by Ry Cooder among others; and "Mendocino," performed by Sahm's son Shawn -- this otherwise sidesteps such obvious picks as "Texas Tornado" (or any of his early-'70s recordings for Atlantic for that matter) in favor of a healthy dose of the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, plus solo tunes from throughout the years. The order of the day isn't reinterpretation, it's celebration, and there are many joyful performances here, highlighted by Los Lobos' relaxed, breezy "It Didn't Even Bring Me Down," Delbert McClinton's easy-rolling "Texas Me," Jimmie Vaughan's glorious slow crawl through "Why, Why, Why," Joe "King" Carrasco's rollicking "Adios Mexico" supported by the Texas Tornados, and those aforementioned bookends. Then again, there are no bad moments here. Whatever stumbles there may be are largely down to a matter of taste -- some might find Dulli's "You Was for Real" too gloomy, the Gourds' "Nuevo Laredo" a little too light and nimble -- but there's no denying that everything here is executed with love and care, faithful to the big, open-hearted soul of Doug Sahm, and you can't ask for a better tribute than that.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707990028
catalogNumber: 79900
Rank: 157949

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Piano,Vocals
Delbert McClinton   Vocals
Dave Alvin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Joe Ely   Background Vocals
Charlie Sexton   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Nicholas Tremulis   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Terry Allen   Keyboards,Vocals
Augie Meyers   Vox Organ
Robert Francis   Bass
Susan Voelz   Violin,Background Vocals
Bukka Allen   Accordion
Jack Barber   Bass
Steve Berlin   Percussion,Keyboards,Saxophone
Mike Buck   Drums,Background Vocals
Joe "King" Carrasco   Vocals
Joachim Cooder   Drums
Greg Dulli   Guitar,Vocals
Ernie Durawa   Drums
Alejandro Escovedo   Vocals
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums,Jaw Harp
David Hidalgo   Guitar
Ronnie James   Bass
Max Johnston   Strings,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Lloyd Maines   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin McKendree   Piano
Davis McLarty   Drums
Derek O'Brien   Guitar
Danny Ott   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
James Pennebaker   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
George Rains   Drums
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals
Shandon Sahm   Drums
Shawn Sahm   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobby Earl Smith   Bass
Speedy Sparks   Bass,Background Vocals
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar,Vocals
Neal Walker   Background Vocals
Lynn Williams   Drums
Bill Willis   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Hector Muñoz   Percussion,Drums
Will Sexton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gomez   Trumpet
Louie Pérez   Guitar
Keith Langford   Drums
Tommy Detamore   Steel Guitar
Mike Guerra   Background Vocals,Bajo Sexto
Claude Bernard   Keyboards,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Cougar Estrada   Percussion,Drums
Little Willie G.   Vocals
Josh Gravelin   Bass,Background Vocals
Kevin Russell   Guitar,Vocals
Jacob Garcia   Background Vocals
Scott Ford   Bass
Rob McNelley   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Raul "Nunie" Rubio   Vocals
Amy Farris   Violin,Viola,Vocals
Scott Ford   Bass
David Pulkingham   Guitar
Louie Bustos   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Mackey   Bass
John X. Reed   Guitar,Background Vocals
Cully Symington   Drums
Bobby Smith   Bass
Jimmy Allen Smith   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Steve McDaniels   Drums
Nunie Rubio   Vocals
Mike Guerra   Background Vocals,Bajo Sexto
Glen Fukunaga   Bass
Jacob Garcia   Background Vocals
Ephraim Owens   Trumpet
Richard Bowden   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Producer
Dave Alvin   Producer
Ry Cooder   Producer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Charlie Sexton   Producer
Nicholas Tremulis   Producer
Terry Allen   Producer
Brian Beattie   Engineer
Greg Dulli   Producer
Alejandro Escovedo   Producer
Martin Fierro   Composer
Craig Hayes   Music Business Affairs
Lobos   Producer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Kevin McKendree   Producer,Engineer
Frank Morin   Composer
Shawn Sahm   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Foreword
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Jared Tuten   Engineer
Jimmie Vaughan   Producer
Bill Bentley   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Joe Gracey   Engineer
Gourds   Engineer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Rick Barnes   Engineer
David Katznelson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Martin Pradler   Engineer
Brian Standefer   Engineer
Stephen Brower   Executive Producer
Mike J.   Engineer
Craig Adams   Engineer
Freda & the Firedogs   Producer
Mathias Schneeberger   Producer,Engineer
Kerry Awn   Illustrations
Melissa Bentley   Cover Illustration
Fatty Carmelo Consortium   Producer
Patricia Maduke   Music Business Affairs
Mark Magic Johnson   Engineer
August E. Meyer   Composer
Fatty Carmelo Consortium   Producer
Craig Parker Adams   Engineer
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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