Sunday, November 29, 2009
Doug SAHM, Amos GARRETT, Gene TAYLOR - The Return Of The Formerly Brothers 1987
Texan folk hero Sir Doug Sahm meets underrated guitarist Amos Garrett and ex-Blasters keyboardist Gene Taylor and they cook like an Austin barbecue. (Originally released on Stony Plain Records in Canada in 1988, The Return Of The Formerly Brothers was released in the U.S. by Rykodisc in 1989.)
By Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide.
Frequently called the Formerly Brothers, Amos Garrett (Ian & Sylvia, Maria Muldaur, Paul Butterfield's Better Days), Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet) and Gene Taylor (the Blasters, Big Joe Turner, Rick Nelson, Canned Heat) formed at the 1986 Edmonton Folk Festival, playing roots-rock, country, R&B, folk and blues. So popular was the performance and subsequent tour of Canada that the group recorded The Return of the Formerly Brothers in 1988; it was released in America by Rykodisc. The album also features drummer Bohdan Hluszko and bassist Kit Johnson. By John Bush, All Music Guide.
This talented band is lead by Amos Garrett's on lead guitar, Gene Taylor on piano, and Doug Sahm on a variety of instruments. The lineup is rounded out by a tight rhythm section and a few guest musicians (most notably Queen Ida, who adds vocals and accordion to two numbers). Each of the three men takes a turn in the vocal spotlight, and their choices in material are consistent with their previous output. Doug Sahm's version of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" is perfect, with Garrett's unmistakable liquid guitar lines coursing through it. Gene Taylor, with his blues background (and stints with Canned Heat, the Blasters, and others), contributes a few of his roadhouse-fun originals. Amos Garrett's greatest work is on Terry Allen's "Amarillo Highway."
This cd includes two bonus tracks one of which is a 14 minute interview with Doug Sahm.
Amos Garrett- (Vocals, Guitar);
Doug Sahm- (Vocals, Guitar, Dobro, Organ);
Gene Taylor- (Vocals, Piano);
Queen Ida- (Vocals, Accordion);
Kit Johnson- (Vocals, Bass);
Michelle Josef- (Vocals, Drums).
01.Smack Dab in the Middle 3:44
02.Big Mamou 2:51
03.Teardrops on Your Letter 4:02
05.Don't Tell Me 3:14
06.Coming Back Home 1:59
07.Sure Is a Good Thing 3:40
08.Amarillo Highway 4:01
09.Banks of the Old Pontchartrain 3:19
10.Just Like a Woman 5:15
11.Gene's Boogie 3:02
12.Queen of the Okanagan 3:57
13.Louis Riel 4:19
14.Doug Sahm Interview 14:07