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The Return Of The Formerly Brothers by Amos Garrett - Doug Sahm - Gene Taylor

Stony Plain Records is offers a reissue of a 1989 classic session. Guitarist Amos Garrett, piano-man Gene Taylor and the late Doug Sahm appear in a truly eclectic blend of blues, R&B, progressive country and Zydeco. Needless to say, this disk never gets boring.

The Return Of The Formerly Brothers brings together three American born musicians who were living in Canada at the time. Doug Sahm of Sir Douglas Quintet fame is the only Texan to win a coveted Juno Award, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys. The Return Of The Formerly Brothers is Sahm’s only Canadian album and the reissue offers a bonus track, Louis Riel penned by Sahm during his three years in the country. Riel was a Canadian rebel hero who was executed in 1885. The album features a fascinating interview with Doug Sahm hosted by Austin, TX broadcaster Larry Monroe and it’s a real insight into the singer’s nature.

Gene Taylor is presently with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and formerly with The Blasters, Downchild Blues Band and Rick Nelson. In 2002, Taylor recorded as a special guest with the young Canadian blues sensation, JW-Jones. The reissue disk features three of Taylor’s original tunes, Gene’s Boogie, Sure Is a Good Thing and the much too short Coming Back Home.

Amos Garrett arrived in Canada as a child and still lives in Toronto. While Canadians are well aware of the guitarist’s superb talents as a member of Ian Tyson’s band, Great Speckled Bird, American audiences will know him for his appearances with Maria Muldaur and Paul Butterfield’s Better Days band. Garrett was Maria Muldaur’s bandleader for six years. Amos Garrett is one of the finest guitarists on the scene today. His composition, Don’t Tell Me is a romping blues keeps your toes tapping.

Portions of this reissue take the listener back a few decades with the inclusions of such items as Hank Ballard’s 1959 hit Teardrops On Your Letter, Jimmy Liggin’s 1953 chartbuster Drunk and Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman. Zydeco royalty, Queen Ida and her musicians join the band for Big Mamou and On The Banks Of Old Ponchartrain. The music is eclectic and the musicians were inspired. It’s good stuff!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Amos Garrett - Doug Sahm - Gene Taylor
  • CD Title: The Return Of The Formerly Brothers
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Reissue Original Release: 1989
  • Record Label: Stony Plains Records
  • Tracks: Smack Dab In The Middle; Big Mamou; Teardrops On Your Letter; Drunk; Don’t Tell Me; Coming Back Home; Sure Is a Good Thing; Amarillo Highway; Banks Of Old Ponchartrain; Just Like a Woman; Gene’s Boogie; Queen Of The Okanagan. Bonus tracks: Louis Riel; Doug Sahm Interview.
  • Musicians: Amos Garrett (lead vocals, lead guitar); Doug Sahm (lead vocals, guitar, organ, dobro); Gene Taylor (lead vocals, piano); Kit Johnson (bass, vocals); Michelle Josef (drums, vocals). Special guests on Big Mamou & Banks of Old Ponchartrain ; Queen Ida (vocal, accordion); Wilbert “Chili Willy” Lewis (washboard); Stephanie Davis (fiddle).
  • Rating: Four Stars
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