Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
With Joe Nick Patoski and Dawn Johnson
What does Texas sound like? Doug Sahm. He was the one individual who could play every form of indigenous Texas music authentically and with passion. In his early 20s, his band, The Sir Douglas Quintet, passed themselves off as from England during the height of rock’s British Invasion and achieved international stardom with a Tex-Mex beat. After a drug bust in Texas, Sahm went into exile in California and became a major player in San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene that peaked with the Summer of Love in 1967. Five years later, he was the catalyst who put Austin on the national music map. He went through a string of musical reinventions, ultimately founding the Tex-Mex super group, The Texas Tornados, featuring his sidekick Augie Meyer, his mentor Freddy Fender, and his protégé Flaco Jiménez.
Admired by pretty much every player he shared a stage with, he was a singing, twanging encyclopedia of Texas music, able to quote T-Bone Walker, Bob Wills, Adolph Hofner, Sunny Ozuna, Lefty Frizzell, Buddy Holly, and The 13th Floor Elevators at the call of “in the key of C, gentlemen.” Doug Sahm was the Texas cat of Texas cats. This is his story.
Joe Nick Patoski makes his directorial debut with “Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” which chronicles the life and legacy of Austin music icon Doug Sahm. The SXSW Film Festival crowd received the doc enthusiastically at its March premiere. Despite “Sir Doug” being Patoski’s first doc, the man is a seasoned storyteller.
Directed by Joe Nick Patoski
Produced by Dawn Johnson
Written by Joe Nick Patoski and Jason Wehling
Cinematography by Yuta Yamaguchi
Editing by Cody Ground
Cast: Doug Sahm, Shawn Sahm, Flaco Jiménez, Augie Meyers