I have been breaking out the Doug Sahm lately. Anyone in Austin needs no introduction to Doug Sahm. However, if you aren’t aware of him, he is a true American original. In my mind no one sounds like Austin as much as he does. Although he is part of Austin’s musical legacy, I really feel like he represents the mythical Austin, the place where the cowboys and hippies got along, the place people imagine Austin to be even if modernity is turning it into a far more urban place. I’m not saying that Austin no longer exists, just that you have to look much harder to find it. He combines different genres in a way that is unique, that no one else has quite done in the same way. Rock, blues, country, Mexican music, and more rub up against one another. One of my favorite songs of his is the above song Hard Way. It’s from The Sir Douglas Band album Texas Tornado. Listen to the funky groove, the Tex-Mex horns, and the way the song elevates into a big chorus with a truly sweet harmony.