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Swingin' West

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The follow-up to a strong 1994 debut, Swingin' West continues the Western swing and rockin' hillbilly assault that first endeared the California-based Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys to fans and critics alike. While many rockabilly outfits derive their sound primarily from artists from the 1950s, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are a more accurate take on the style, venturing back into the '30 and '40s to tap the influences for legends such as Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent. With the lead guitar/steel guitar combination of Ashley Kingman and Lee Jeffriess -- both originally out of Britain's rockabilly scene -- the five-piece band is fully empowered to explore Western swing, jump blues, and hillbilly boogie, while still injecting originality to make the sound unique. Big Sandy (aka Robert Williams) possesses a big rich, molasses-coated voice that is engaging throughout this 15-song set. Produced once again by Dave "Everything-I-Touch-Turns-into-Musical-Gold" Alvin, Swingin' West captures the energy of the band's live show intact. Highlights include the Latin-influenced rhythms of "Hey Muchachita" and the vintage dancehall-like call-and-response vocalizing on "We Tried to Tell You." ~ Jack Leaver
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Let Me in There, Baby Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:53
  3. 2 Music to Her Ears Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:54
  4. 3 You Don't Matter Anymore Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:46
  5. 4 My Sinful Days Are Over Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:28
  6. 5 Parts Unknown Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:41
  7. 6 Too Late to Be True Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:8
  8. 7 Hey Muchachita Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:6
  9. 8 Why Do You Have to Torture Me? Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:35
  10. 9 Blackberry Wine Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:18
  11. 10 Murphy's Law Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:2
  12. 11 If I Wrote a Song (About Our Love Affair) Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:45
  13. 12 We Tried to Tell You Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:52
  14. 13 You Say You Don't (But You Do) Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:36
  15. 14 A Healer Like Time Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:17
  16. 15 The New Ball Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:24

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