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Monday, November 24, 2008 – A Doug Sahm tribute is coming in late March, featuring Levom Helm, Los Lobos, Delbert McClinton and Alejandro Escovedo. "Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm" will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the singer's death.

The disc, out March 24, 2009 on Vanguard, covers songs from throughout Sahm's catalogue, including his time with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados and many solo recordings.

Sahm is considered an originator of Tex-Mex rock & roll. "My dad is a vital link in the Texas musical food chain," said son Shawn Sahm, "and this album will show that he belongs right next to all his peers when it comes to being a founding father of the state's rich legacy."

Born in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 6, 1941, Doug Sahm was a child prodigy in country music, starting his professional career singing and playing guitar, mandolin, pedal steel and fiddle as "Little Doug" when he was 9. He went on to form the 1960s influential group the Sir Douglas Quintet, scoring a Top 10 single with "She's About a Mover." Later, with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez, Sahm founded the Grammy Award-winning Texas Tornados. He continued recording as a solo artist and won another Grammy Award for The Last Real Texas Blues Band, and recorded with a new formation of the Sir Douglas Quintet on SDQ '98. His last studio album, "The Return of Wayne Douglas," was released posthumously after being made at a studio near his hometown of San Antonio, returning Sahm to his country roots and the area where he first began.

"Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm" was produced by Bill Bentley, Stephen Brower, David Katznelson and Shawn Sahm.

Artists and songs on the tribute include:
Delbert McClinton / Texas Me
Levon Helm / She's About a Mover
Los Lobos / And It Didn't Even Bring Me Down
Jimmie Vaughan / Why, Why, Why
Alejandro Escovedo / Too Little Too Late
Greg Dulli / You Was For Real
Dave Alvin / Dynamite Woman
The Gourds / Nuevo Laredo
Terry Allen (with Joe Ely) / I'm Not That Kat Anymore
Freda & the Firedogs / Be Real
Shawn Sahm (with Augie Meyers) / Mendocino
Joe 'King' Carrasco & Texas Tornados / Adios Mexico
Charlie Sexton / Magic Illusion

CD reviews for Texas Tornados

Let the real praise for this fine release fall to Flaco Jimenez, the champion of conjunto who at once reins in Freddy Fender's penchant for schmaltz and pushes Doug Sahm to avoid recycling himself. Jimenez's accordion gives the drive to some numbers, lilts in the sonic cervices of others; in either role, it is always perfect. His voice's signature tremolo provides distinction to the group's harmonies, and his leads are invariably strong. Most importantly, his inventive spirit and knack for ...

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