Friday, April 14, 2006
When you're lost in the rain....
The Current, San Antonio's best alt-weekly has a great article about Dylan, Doug Sahm, the border, Texas music, and how great Austin is.

The article by Gilbert Garcia talks about how much Dylan loved Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet (picture evidence is provided to the left). Doug Sahm is one of the legends of the Austin/San Antonio music scene, and there was a profound sense of loss across both cities when he died four years ago.

Sahm was the head of the Sir Douglas Quintet who produced some of the grittiest, loudest, and Texas-est, country-rock-conjunto fusion around. The music Sahm made with Sir Douglas, and with the Texas Tornadoes, feels like Texas. Dylan was a huge fan and you can see the similarities in any of Dylan's dessert-epic songs (Brownsville Girl, Tom Thumb's Blues, most of Time Out of Mind, and any song that mentions Mexico, trains, guns, and blood.).

Listen to songs like: (Is Anybody Goin' To) San Antone, Nuevo Laredo, She's About a Mover, Mendocino...etc. You'll hear the piano, the guitar, the atmosphere, and the gothic-pop sensibility that characterize much of Dylan's stuff. Dylan is obviously the more famous of the two, but they had a deep impact on each other, and it's good to see some recognition of it.

Here's the article.

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