Sir Doug And The Genuine Cosmic Groove With Filmmaker Joe Nick Patoski!

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Sir Doug And The Genuine Cosmic Groove With Filmmaker Joe Nick Patoski!
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Sir Doug And The Genuine Cosmic Groove With Filmmaker Joe Nick Patoski! says
Every Monday in the back patio of Brasil & The Brandon, we screen a different documentary on musicians we love.

Pleased to have filmmaker Joe Nick Patoski in attendance to introduce SIR DOUG AND THE GENUINE TEXAS GROOVE, and be available for questions after the film.

Born in San Antonio, the grandson of a German “Oom-Pah” bandleader, he was a steel guitar child prodigy called Little Doug, raised in South Texas country music dancehalls, and somewhat famous for sitting on Hank Williams’ lap and appearing on his very last show, and performing in Shreveport to a massive regional audience listening to the Louisiana Hayride on their radios. By age sixteen, he was playing in rhythm and blues big bands, writing and arranging music, and cranking out hit records as Doug Sahm. In his early 20s, his band The Sir Douglas Quintet passed themselves off as from England during the height of rock’s British Invasion and achieved international stardom with a Tex-Mex beat. After a drug bust in Texas, Sahm went into exile in California and became a major player in San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene that peaked with the Summer of Love in 1967. Five years later, he was the catalyst who put Austin on the national music map. He went through a string of musical reinventions, ultimately founding the Tex-Mex supergroup, The Texas Tornados, featuring his sidekick Augie Meyer, his mentor Freddy Fender, and his protégé Flaco Jimenez.

Friend of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Fathead Newman, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and several generations of musicians of all stripes, Sahm played a critical role in launching and re-launching the careers of Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Jordan and Roky Erickson. Above all, he was the “Groover’s groover”, a kinetic whirlwind moving at a mile a minute who also happened to be an exceptional musician and a natural bandleader. An engaging, larger than life character who operated on instinct, he wore his heart in his lyrics, and made some profound observations along the way, not the least of which was:

“You just can’t live in Texas/if you don’t have a lot of soul.”
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By: Tha Brandon

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