From the moment he sat on the knee of his father Doug Sahm on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1968, there was never a question as to what Shawn’s path in life would be: it’s always been on the road. And after his father passed away in 1999, Shawn wasn’t about to slow down. Having spent the better part of the last 20 years overseeing the estate and various projects, he returned to his first musical love: the amalgam of rock & roll and across-the-border rhythms that define the Tex-Mex sound.
In 2005 he reunited his father’s Texas Tornado bandmates Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez to record a tribute album in honor of Doug Sahm. Several months later Freddy Fender passed away. In 2009 the remaining members wanting to take the band out on the road. The only way would Shawn would agree was if it was to honor and celebrate his father Doug and Freddy Fender. So every night when he stepped up on that stage he made sure that he honored them and made that show a celebration. He wanted to turn on a younger generation to the music he grew up with that they may have never heard before and to bring back memories to the generation that was there from the very beginning.
Shawn is now working on new projects. He is writing, recording and touring. He has been taking a show out called Shawn Sahm & Friends. The members and special guest have included
John Jorgenson who has played with Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith, and Bonnie Raitt.
Charlie Sexton who is touring with Bob Dylan
Bobby Flores who has his band the Yellow Rose Band
Joe King Carrasco the King of Tex Mex
Even the voice over, comedian Tom Kenny joins the show who is also know as the voice for “Sponge Bob Square Pants”, Heffer Wolfe in Rocko’s Modern Life; the Ice King in Adventure Time; the Narrator and Mayor in The Powerpuff Girls; Carl Chryniszzswics in Johnny Bravo; Dog in CatDog; and Spyro from the Spyro the Dragon and more.
Shawn has also performed with Kevin Fowler, Kevin Russell (Shinyribs), Reckless Kelly (Braun Brothers), Sunny Sweeney, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Jack Ingram, Margo Price, Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel), Los Lonely Boys, Shane Smith, and many more…
“The idea was to take the influences, the sound, the real stuff, what’s in your heart and in your soul,” Shawn enthuses. “That music is a part of me. What makes the band unique is that we are doing music for the love of it. It’s not the ‘in’ thing or the popular thing, it’s something I’ll be doing one way or another for the rest of my life. Even when I was young playing in rock bands, I was always playing with Dad and writing songs.”
Shawn Sahm also learned how to put together the right musicians for the right sound.



LINE UP             Shawn Sahm vocals, guitar      John Jorgensen : vocals, Pedal-steel,  guitar   Joe King Carrasco : Vocals     Neil Walker : bass       Cesare Valbosa : drums

Dwayne Verheyden : accordeon.