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Inlaws and Outlaws (CD)


Inlaws and Outlaws (CD)

by Doug Sahm and His Band

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• This superb broadcast recording captures Doug and his band during a national tour in support of that record. The gig was on the East Coast of the USA, at Philadelphia's intimate Bijou Cafe. In addition to Doug and Augie, the band included 'Fathead' Newman on sax and drummer George Rains. The true identity of guest vocalist 'J.R.', who sings Right Or Wrong has been lost in the mists of time. 

• Doug's set is an eclectic one - there are two numbers from the current ‘…and Band’ album, the anthemic (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone (also released as a single) and Papa Ain't Salty, alongside a quartet of Quintet numbers - She's About A Mover, The Rains Came, Are Inlaws Really Outlaws and set closer Mendocino. Other excellent choices are Hank Williams Jambalaya (a fitting inclusion as Doug had actually played onstage with the Country music legend, aged 11, during Hank's last ever concert, in Austin in 1952) and the standard Wolverton Mountain (which was later recorded for Doug's 1976 album 'Texas Rock For Country Rollers'). Aside from the more Country-influenced songs, the Blues is represented by fine covers of T-Bone Walker's classic Stormy Monday and Joe Seneca's Talk To Me (a 1958 hit for Little Willie John).

 • After this inspired performance Doug Sahm went on to perform and champion Country, R'n'B, Blues and Tex-Mex music for another quarter century before his untimely death - from a heart-attack - in 1999. He left a superb legacy of dozens of excellent albums, recorded under his own name, with the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Tex-Mex 'supergroup' The Texas Tornados with Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jiménez. 

•Broadcast Live by WMMR FM from the Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, USA, 21ST February 1973.