Some Things Never Change: Doug Deep

Musical styles come and go, but Doug Sahm's songs remain the same.

Listen to Doug Sahm sing and play guitar, fiddle, or piano, and you’ll learn all you need to know about country, rock, blues, conjunto, Cajun, and other indigenous sounds, how they are part and parcel of the Texas music experience, and why no one else covers all that territory as skillfully and as authentically.

When I first encountered him in 1973, holding court at Soap Creek Saloon, a wonderfully decrepit roadhouse in the hills west of Austin, Douglas Wayne Sahm already had survived an astounding number of trips, as he calls them: the child prodigy trip, making records and playing steel guitar on the Louisiana Hayride before he was thirteen; the South Texas rock and roll teen sensation trip while still a student at San Antonio’s Sam Houston High; the pop-star trip as the leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet and the composer of the Top 10 smash “She’s About a Mover”; the San Francisco exile trip during 1967’s Summer


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