“Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” was a country hit for Charley Pride in early 1970. Doug Sahm recorded it for his great Doug Sahm And Band album, released in January 1973. Doug’s version is legendary for having Bob Dylan on acoustic guitar and harmony vocals, as well as paying homage to fellow Texas jukebox, Bob Wills, with the twin fiddles of Sahm and Ken Kozek. By the way, despite its many all-star sidemen, the core group on Doug Sahm And Band — the band, if you will — were the musicians in this video, save for steel player, Harry Hess (the steel on DS&B was played by Charlie Owens).
The band here:
- Doug Sahm – vocals, fiddle
- Augie Meyers – guitar, harmony vocals
- Harry Hess – steel guitar
- Jack Barber – bass, harmony vocals
- George Rains – drums
Fun fact: This was the first aggregation to be billed as the Texas Tornados, though they were probably closer to a variation on the Sir Douglas Quintet than they were the Tornados of Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez fame. More importantly, in addition to their work on Doug Sahm And Band, this was the group responsible for Texas Rock For Country Rollers, my favorite Sahm record and one that was released around the time this episode of Austin City Limits aired. If you’re unfamiliar with it, please do yourself a favor and check out For LP Fans Only: Texas Rock For Country Rollers, where I do a song-by-song review of this essential recording.
Also, if you like the idea of Sir Doug with Bob Dylan, you might wanna read these Adios Lounge posts: