Imagine one of the greatest working bands on the planet divining the vibrations of one of the greatest unheralded ambassadors of Rock Music and infusing them with their own ample powers of Mojo. Imagine no more, friends. The Bottle Rockets deliver all this heightened consciousness and more on this disc. Using the songs of the late Doug Sahm--the Cosmic Cowboy, the Texas hippie redneck punk priest--the Rockets raise their own bad-ass freak flag and kick out the grooves
"Who is Doug Sahm?" you might be asking yourselves? For shame, take two steps back in the rock history game of Life. Doug Sahm spent most of his lifetime making the world a better place with his music. From his mid-60’s British Invasion meets proto-garage rock in the Sir Douglas Quintet, to the cowboy psychedelia inspired by time served in ‘Frisco, to the Tejano roadhouse free-for-alls in the Texas Tornadoes, few figures have cut as wide and varied and influential a path as Sir Doug. The Rockets easily assume his mantle of versatility, infuse his songs with their singular brand of American soul, and get DOWN.
Songs of Sahm transcends mere tribute. It is a raucous and reverent channeling of a missed friend and guide. It is a bold thank you to an enduring musical force. Catch the vibe.
”The music - every raunchy and tender guitar solo, every effortless rhythmic stroll, every blues breaking thunderclap, every fearless phrase from Brian Henneman’s roaring maw - is still a kick, and they still rock as if the whole world is on the line.” Roy Kasten, Riverfront Times
”Both Sahm and the Rockets are firm believers in the power of the party, Lone Star beer, and sticking to one’s vision, without compromise. So this is 47 minutes of a marriage made in heaven.” The Sun
”They did it. It’s a little like the Bottle Rockets - sloppy, spirited, and joyous from start to finish - and a lot like Sahm. In other words, it’s damn near perfect.” Michael Bertin, Austin Chronicle
”If it had been released in 1976, this would have been the record of the summer. That shouldn’t prevent it from being the album of the summer of 2002 as well.” Jason Schneider, Exclaim