Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707990028
  • Catalog Number: 79900
  • Sales rank: 143,354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's About a Mover - Little Willie G. (4:27)
  2. 2 And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down - Los Lobos (3:10)
  3. 3 Too Little Too Late - Alejandro Escovedo (3:49)
  4. 4 You Was For Real - Greg Dulli (3:22)
  5. 5 Dynamite Woman - Dave Alvin (3:43)
  6. 6 Ta Bueno Compadre - West Side Horns (3:34)
  7. 7 Texas Me - Delbert McClinton (2:22)
  8. 8 I'm Not That Kat Anymore - Terry Allen (2:45)
  9. 9 Why, Why, Why - Jimmie Vaughan (4:32)
  10. 10 You're Doin' It Too Hard - The Mystic Knights Of The Sea (3:41)
  11. 11 Nuevo Laredo - The Gourds (2:59)
  12. 12 Be Real - Freda & the Firedogs (2:45)
  13. 13 Adios Mexico - Joe "King" Carrasco (2:44)
  14. 14 Mendocino - Shawn Sahm (2:53)
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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
Al Gomez Trumpet
Louie Pérez Guitar
Keith Langford Drums
Tommy Detamore Steel Guitar
Mike Guerra Background Vocals, Bajo Sexto
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 & His Orchestra Bass
Jimmy Allen Smith Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve McDaniels Drums
Claude Bernard Keyboards, Vocals
Nunie Rubio Vocals
Claude Bernard Keyboards, Vocals
Jimmy Smith Bass Guitar, 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
Los 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
Jim Wilson Mastering
Bill Bentley Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Joe Gracey Engineer
The 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 Jr. Composer
The Fatty Carmelo Consortium Producer
Craig Parker Adams Engineer
Mark Johnson Engineer
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