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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

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Authenticity is the key to the music of Rockabilly Hall of Fame members Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Although they've moved from their rockabilly roots to a sound that encompasses folk, bluegrass, Western swing, Cajun, and mariachi influences, the six-piece Southern California-based band continues to be faithful to the music of the past. Despite their connection with days gone by, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys maintain a foot in the present as well. Big Sandy (born Robert Williams) grew up listening to his parents' collection of jump blues records. Inspired by the rockabilly revival of the early '80s, he began to perform with a variety of neo-rockabilly bands in southern California. Formed as a trio in 1988, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys soon expanded to its lineup featuring Wally Hersom (bass), Lee Jeffriess (steel guitar), Ashley Kingman (guitar), and Bobby Trimble (drums). Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys represent an international collaboration with Kingman and Jeffriess hailing from the U.K. Although they released two albums as Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Trio, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys' proper debut album, Jumping from 6 to 6, was produced by ex-Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin. While their second album, Swingin' West, released in 1995, focused on the Western swing influences on their sound, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys took a more eclectic approach with their effort Feelin' Kinda Lucky, released in 1997. The following year, Big Sandy and the group took a break from each other and recorded separately. Big Sandy's solo album, Dedicated to You, featured covers of R&B and doo wop oldies, while the band's album, Big Sandy Presents the Fly-Rite Boys, was an instrumental tour de force. Big Sandy and the band reunited during the recording of an EP, Radio Favorites, released in 1999. Although original plans called for three new tracks to be combined with three tunes available only on vinyl copies of the band's albums, the comradery in the recording studio was so strong that they decided to record six new songs instead. The EP introduced the piano playing of Carl Sonny Leyland, who joined shortly after the recording of Feelin' Kinda Lucky. Night Tide appeared in 2000. It's Time! followed three years later. A collection featuring Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys' biggest hits for Hightone and HMG was released as Rockin' Big Sandy in 2004. The group's 2006 release on Yep Roc Records, the exceedingly eclectic album Turntable Matinee, served as a creative tip of the hat for the band's Western swing, Memphis soul, and of course, old-fashioned rock & roll influences. After an extended seven-year break, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys returned in 2013 with What a Dream It's Been, where they revisited favorite songs from their catalog. ~ Craig Harris
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Top Tracks

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  2.   The Ones You Say You Love
  3.   Lonely Guy
  4.   Lookin' for a "Love Me" Gal
  5.   Big '49
  6.   Between Darkness and Dawn
  7.   Baby Baby Me
  8.   Wizard's Dust
  9.   Give Yoru Loveing to Me
  10.   You Don't Matter Anymore
  11.   First and Last Blues
  12.   Mad
  13.   Bayou Blue
  14.   I Think of You
  15.   If I Knew Now (What I Knew Then)
  16.   If I Wrote a Song (About Our Love Affair)
  17.   Murphy's Law
  18.   Parts Unknown
  19.   I Can't Believe I'm Saying This to You
  20.   What a Dream It's Been
  21.   Jumping from 6 to 6
  22.   My Sinful Days Are Over
  23.   Wishing Him Away
  24.   This Heart o' Mine
  25.   Playgirl
  26.   Who, Tell Me Who?
  27.   Lonesome Dollar
  28.   Rosetta
  29.   Barnyard Beatnik
  30.   Have Love WIll Travel
  31.   Let Her Know
  32.   When I Found You
  33.   Buddy, I Ain't Buyin'
  34.   When Sleep Won't Come
  35.   The Greatest Story Ever Told
  36.   Chalk It Up to the Blues
  37.   Slippin' Away
  38.   Laguna Sunset
  39.   The Night Is for Dreamers
  40.   Too Late to Be True
  41.   You Don't Know Me at All
  42.   Love That Man
  43.   Power of the 45, Pt. 1
  44.   (You Mean) Too Much to Me
  45.   Her Hair Is a Mess
  46.   Nothing to Lose
  47.   D. of L. Boogie
  48.   Someone Like You
  49.   True Blue
  50.   Honey Stick Around a While
  51.   This Ain't a Good Time
  52.   The New Ball
  53.   A Healer Like Time
  54.   We Tried to Tell You
  55.   Let's Make It...Tonite!
  56.   Mary's Mood
  57.   Juiced
  58.   Foothill Boogie
  59.   Oochie Coochie
  60.   It's a Mystery To Me
  61.   Heaven Is the Other Way
  62.   Strollin' With Mary Jane
  63.   Catalina
  64.   Loser's Blues
  65.   Hit and Run
  66.   A Man Like Me
  67.   Have You Ever Had the Feelin'
  68.   Hey Lowdown!
  69.   Rhapsody in Violet
  70.   Weary Blues from Waitin'
  71.   Different Girl
  72.   Backdoor Dan
  73.   Hi-Billy Music
  74.   The Money Tree
  75.   I'm Gonna Leave
  76.   It's Time!
  77.   Minor Struggle
  78.   Honky Tonk Queen
  79.   The Great State of Misery
  80.   Straight-8 Boogie
  81.   Blackberry Wine
  82.   Ruby Jane
  83.   Love Debut
  84.   In the Steel of the Night
  85.   Tequila Calling
  86.   Have & Hold
  87.   Three Years Blind
  88.   What's It to Ya?
  89.   Feelin' Kinda Lucky
  90.   Hey Muchachita
  91.   I Know I've Loved You Before
  92.   Bugtussle Saturday Night
  93.   Glad When I'm Gone
  94.   Flyin' Rite
  95.   Don't Desert Me
  96.   Music to Her Ears
  97.   I Hate Loving You
  98.   How Did You Love Someone Like Me?
  99.   Let Me in There, Baby
  100.   Missouri Gal
  101.   If You Only Knew
  102.   Booze Party
  103.   Haunted Heels
  104.   My Time Will Come Someday
  105.   Yes (I Feel Sorry for You)
  106.   Strange Love
  107.   Night Tide
  108.   Spanish Dagger
  109.   "What's Buzzin', Cuzzin?"
  110.   South Bay Stomp
  111.   Why Do You Have to Torture Me?
  112.   You Say You Don't (But You Do)
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