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Shandon Sahm (born May 7, 1969) is an American performing artist, who is a native of San Antonio, Texas and is best known for his two stints as the drummer of the Meat Puppets, from 1999–2002 and 2009–2018.
Shandon Sahm is the son of Doug Sahm, who was the leader of rock bands as the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, among others. Shandon began playing drums at a young age after being inspired by his father's music and by KISS, with his first appearance on record being Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, in 1990. During the early '90s, Shandon was drumming for the heavy metal band Pariah, who issued one album for Geffen Records, To Mock a Killingbird, in 1993.
After Pariah split up, Shandon supplied drums on a Sir Douglas Quintet album, 1994's Day Dreaming at Midnight, before first crossing paths with Meat Puppets singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, who had relocated to Texas, and was looking to put a new band together (as the Meat Puppets were on hiatus at the time).
The band and issued an EP in 1999, You Love Me (on which Sahm earned a co-songwriting credit with Kirkwood, for the tune "Been Caught Itchin'") and a studio album in 2000, Golden Lies (which saw Sahm earn another co-songwriting credit with Kirkwood, for the composition "Hercules").
In 2004, Sahm joined Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes (in his band, Gibby Haynes and His Problem) for a U.S. tour and provided drums for a self-titled record by the band, which was released on Surfdog Records (and includes such songs as "Redneck Sex," "Charlie," "Dream Machine," "Kaiser," "Woo"). The band went on to perform a string of dates with Ween.
With Curt and Cris Kirkwood reconciling in 2006, the Meat Puppets reunited, but without original drummer Derrick Bostrom. Ted Marcus would initially replace Bostrom on drums, before Sahm was invited to rejoin the band in 2009. Subsequently, Shandon has supplied drums on the albums Lollipop (in 2011) and Rat Farm (in 2013), was interviewed for the 2012 book, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, and has toured the world with the band, including shows with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Dave Grohl, Soul Asylum, Grant Hart, and Mike Watt.
Shandon has also performed with the Meat Puppets on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and The Bing Lounge, has performed as part of a KISS tribute band called SSIK (which features Dangerous Toys singer Jason McMaster), and has released two solo albums to date (2006's Good Thoughts Are Better Than Laxatives and 2011's Knock Yourself Out).
Since 2019 Shandon is based in the Netherlands, and an EP of renditions of his father's material, entitled Sahm Covers Sahm, was released via Friendly Folk Records in February 2019.
In 2020 the full Sahm Covers Sahm Vol. II was released. Sahm Covers Sahm started as an idea back in 2009. i had the West Side Horns and asked Curt & Cris Kirkwood. The album was tracked at Public Hifi in Austin, TX and WitchWood Studio, Hilversum, Netherlands. It's raw, gritty but with a good production like dad would have wanted.
The new release 'Sahm Covers Sahm Vol. II' is an 11 song long play album produced by Shandon, Ralf and Almar Nijholt, and includes a bonus track "She's About A Mover", arranged & produced by Eric Van Den Brink (courtesy of Nick Vernier Band).