What do Man Clark, Hank Williams, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, ABBA, and Freddy Fender all have in widespread? Aside from being icons in their very own proper, every legend’s title has at one time or one other been in the identical sentence as one Texas musician you could have by no means heard of. Why? One documentary, Sir Doug and the Real Texas Cosmic Groove explores this and extra, and it is out there to stream once more this week.
“Has San Antonio misplaced its soul? Has Austin misplaced its groove? Dough Sahm is the reply,” reads a current launch for the documentary that is out there for worldwide streaming at sirdougfilm.com.
Born on the identical day as Man Clark in 1941, San Antonio native Dough Sahm began singing at age 5, enjoying metal guitar at age 6, adopted by the fiddle and mandolin at age 8. At 11, he joined Hank Williams at Austin’s Skyline Membership for what turned out to be Williams’ last present earlier than his premature loss of life. As a teen, Sahm had hit nation western radio information earlier than reaching worldwide fame (and a nod from Bob Dylan) along with his rock-and-roll, Beatles-inspired band, Sir Douglas Quintet.
Sahm began enjoying metal guitar at age 6, adopted by the fiddle and mandolin at age 8.Courtesy of Arts+Labor
A bust up over hashish possession despatched Sahm to California proper earlier than the “Summer time of Love” in 1967, the place the band explored the psychedelic San Francisco scene. Returning to Texas within the ’70s, he joined Willie Nelson on his Shotgun Willie report and have become an integral a part of the brand new Americana style rising out of Austin at the moment. He moved to Sweden within the ’80s, knocking ABBA off the highest charts with the tune Meet Me in Stockholm. And within the ’90s, his new group, the Texas Tornadoes, featured fellow Texas musicians Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, and Augie Meyers.
Sir Doug and the Real Texas Cosmic Groove explores the large number of genres Sahm absorbed into his personal music, and the influence he left behind in every style in return. Initially screened at South by Southwest in 2015, the movie’s web site summarizes its portrait of Sahm as an “artist who had a lot music inside himself that he needed to play all the various sounds he was schooled in in an effort to fulfill his soul.”
Directed by famous historian and writer Joe Nick Patoski, who additionally co-wrote the movie together with Jason Wehling, the documentary received a number of awards at movie festivals around the globe, touchdown on Amazon Prime earlier than disappearing from circulation altogether in 2020 after preliminary music and visible licensing rights expired.
Due to the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music (SPTM), the documentary was re-released on November 6, 2022, in honor of what would have been Sahm’s 81st birthday. For the re-release, SPTM partnered with Austin-based manufacturing firm Arts+Labor and digital distribution platform seer.la, which additionally produced the groundbreaking Man Clark documentary, With out Getting Killed or Caught.
A nonetheless from the documentary Sir Doug and the Real Texas Cosmic Groove.Courtesy of Arts+Labor
“The revival of the movie comes at a important second for Doug’s hometown of San Antonio, and his adopted house of Austin,” says Patoski within the launch. “Each cities have grown quickly and are rising in the direction of one another, turning into a single metropolitan space of 5 million individuals touted as America’s subsequent nice metroplex. Nowhere else in the USA are two related metro areas increasing so quickly. People who don’t know Doug Sahm from Houdini have to see this movie to higher admire why San Antonio and Austin are such particular, soulful locations with a groove that fostered and championed the artistry of the best single musician to ever symbolize the state of Texas.”