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Music Tornado's child


When Shawn Sahm was a young metalhead, he took his father, Texas music legend Doug Sahm, to a Metallica concert. When Sir Douglas looked around and expressed concern that he was the oldest guy in the crowd, Shawn reassured him that he was also the hippest.

Over the ensuing years, Shawn's has expressed that admiration for his father by absorbing the blues, country, and Tex-Mex hybrid that made Doug so distinctive, and giving them his own generational spin. Shawn logged time in the late-period Sir Douglas Quintet and had songs covered both by that band and his father's Lone Star supergroup, the Texas Tornados.

Shawn Sahm's Tex-Mex Experience
Colin Gilmore

Thu, Sep 8

1719 Blanco Rd.

Recently, Shawn has gigged with Doug's old comrades Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers, and he's now unveiling a project that would surely bring a grin to the old groover's face: Shawn Sahm's Tex-Mex Experience, a conjunto-rock aggregation not far from the indestructible spirit of "She's About a Mover." Even Shawn's wiry frame and long, straight hair suggest his old man's late-'60s Bay Area period.

Sahm brings his band to Casbeers on September 8, and to make the sons-of-legendary-Texans theme complete, his opening act will be Colin Gilmore, son of Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

- Gilbert Garcia

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