I wasn't able to attend a single bit of this year's EMP Pop Conference, which was a shame. But thankfully, one of our freelancer's, Andy Beta, just sent me a link to the paper he delivered last Saturday. His subject was Doug Sahm who I am a massive fan of. I once spent an entire cross country trip scouring used vinyl bins in Raleigh, Austin, Oxford, Little Rock and elsewhere looking for a copies of Groover's Paradise, 1+1+1=4, and Return of Doug Saldana (found all of 'em, by the way). Beta's paper touches upon one of the main things that drew me to Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet. Sahm's secret weapon is his ability to evoke "idyllic and bittersweet notions of home." If you haven't heard Doug Sahm, I urge you to do so. His best stuff is tough to come by, but this readily available best-of is a decent place to start.