November 15

Doug Sahm Looks For Safe Haven in “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone”

In 1972, Doug Sahm left the rock band Sir Douglas Quintet and finally released his debut solo album called Doug Sahm and Band. “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” was the opening track, which has since been the song that he’s widely recognized with.

Written by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby, the heartbreaking tune tells the story of a man searching for a warm and dry place to land following the horrible end of his relationship. “Any place is all right, as long as I can forget I’ve ever known her,” he said. It included twin fiddles by Sahm and guitarist Ken Kosek. Meanwhile, Sahm’s close friend and country superstar Bob Dylan contributed with harmony vocals.

Interestingly, Doug Sahm was born in San Antonio, Texas, which must have been the reason the song resonated with him, when he apparently could have cut anything he wanted – such as his own material.

Becoming A Popular Part Of His Repertoire

“Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” was originally released by country icon Charley Pride as the first single off his Charley Pride’s 10th Album. It then climbed Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, reaching No. 1 and holding that spot for two weeks.

On the other hand, Sahm’s version sold poorly. Even his debut album garnered poor reviews. Other songs of Doug Sahm found at Doug Sahm and Band are “It’s Gonna Be Easy,” “Your Friends,” “Poison Love,” and “Wallflower.”

Still, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” became one of the most notable tracks in Sahm’s catalog. Make sure to listen to the rendition of Doug Sahm’s version by playing the video below.


Doug Sahm

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