Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 11, 2015 5:30 PM
Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 3:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Focus: The Beat Goes On(screen)
Running Time:84 min
Director:Joe Nick Patoski
Producer:Dawn Johnson
Screenwriter:Joe Nick Patoski
Jason Wheling
Cinematographer:Yuta Yamaguchi
Editor:Cody Ground
David Fabelo
Print Source:Submarine
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


He led one of Bob Dylan’s favorite bands in the ‘60s, headlined shows with Willie Nelson, and was an early performer on Austin City Limits. So why isn’t the brilliant, energetic Doug Sahm a household name? This rocking, two-stepping documentary careens through his whirlwind life and career and brings the audience along for the ride. Doug played steel guitar in San Antonio honky-tonks before his eighth birthday. His band, The Sir Douglas Quintet, rocketed onto the charts in 1965 with “She’s About a Mover.” He grooved through San Francisco during the Haight-Ashbury era, spent time in Marin, and recorded the classic track “Mendocino,” but his heart belonged to Texas. Archival audio of the man himself combines with present-day interviews with Doug’s family, bandmates, and friends, to paint a vivid picture of a wild, genial musical genius always questing after The Groove.

Live music event to follow the October 11 screening at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. Click here to learn more.

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Joe Nick Patoski has authored and co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Dallas Cowboys, in addition to collaborations with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park. A staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine for 18 years and a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, he has managed rock-and-roll bands, run record stores, and worked in radio in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin. He also recorded the oral histories of B.B. King, Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, Tejano superstar Little Joe Hernandez, and 15 other subjects for the Voice of Civil Rights oral history project sponsored by the Library of Congress. He hosts a weekly radio program about Texas music for Marfa Public Radio. Patoski first interviewed Doug Sahm in 1973 and their friendship endured until Sahm’s death.