My quest to discover more about the roots of Americana music has led me to explore the sound and artistry of Doug Sahm. He started as the founder and leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet who had a huge hit in 1965, “She’s About A Mover” that I recall witnessing on NBC’s Hullabaloo a musical variety show (1965-66).
His legend in Austin, Texas grew from there. He was a major influence on many other musician’s careers.
I have a thing for Tex-Mex music. I really enjoy the supergroup, the Texas Tornados that began with Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, and Flaco Jimenez. As Fender once said, “You’ve heard of New Kids on the Block? We’re the Old Guys in the Street.”
Once this music gets in your bloodstream it never lets go of ya.
The award-winning documentary tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
One of the most influential music pieces of all time is “Rumble”, the 1958 rock power chord by Shawnee rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray. Wray, who’s heavily featured in the film, was recently nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The first song to use distortion and feedback, it was the only instrumental single to be banned from radio for fear it would incite violence.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World is now available to buy or rent:
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The Grammy 2018 Nominations were announced today for the 60th Grammy Awards to take place at Madison Square Garden. They will air January 28th at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
This category caught my eye.
Best Music Film:
One More Time With Feeling — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Long Strange Trip — (The Grateful Dead) The Defiant Ones — (Various Artists) Soundbreaking— (Various Artists)
Two Trains Runnin’ — (Various Artists)
I have seen three of the five films (marked in bold) this year. I have yet to process Nick Cave after trying several times to listen to him and his band on Spotify and Apple Music. Perhaps when I see the One More Time With Feeling documentary I will get the video/audio syntax I need to appreciate him better. Adds this film to my to-do list.
Being an active blues historian I was surprised to have not read about Two Trains Runnin’until today. I am eager to see this documentary as soon as its distribution widens.
I vividly recall experiencing the Pink Floyd concert documentary, “Pink Floyd:Live At Pompeii” in the early 70’s. It was a feast for the eyes and senses which I found transfixing.
45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows in July 2016. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheater, and, for two nights only, the 2,600-strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.
‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances.
It’s the 1980s, and the Dead’s fans seek adventure in this “New Lame America” as Garcia calls it.
I especially liked the segment where Senator Al Franken highlighting his favorite live edition of “Althea”, recorded at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/16/1980 and included on the Rhino release of the Long Strange Trip Soundtrack.