Texas Music

10 Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet Albums You Need to Own

Tonight at the Continental Club, Austin's Freddie Steady 5 will head up a tribute to the late Doug Sahm focusing on Sahm's 2000 album The Return of Wayne Douglas, which he recorded only a few months before dying of a heart attack in November 1999. La Porte native Freddie Krc, leader of the 5, has just reissued Wayne Douglas on vinyl through his Steady Boy Records, so surely this is a coincidence.

More hippie than outlaw, Sahm was a rock and roller through and through, but first he was a gifted child musician whose steel guitar talent supposedly once knocked Hank Williams' socks off at Austin's Skyline Ballroom. Wayne Douglas couldn't be more of a Texas dance-hall record if it were made out of neon.

"San Antone born and raised," Sahm is often referred to as Texas' unofficial state musician, and rightfully so. His music had such an everything-is-groovy attitude that a little bit of everything worked its way into his songs, and his albums are so varied that there's no real point in ranking them. Here are ten that exist, and thus that you should own.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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