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|Fly Rite Boys|
Big Sandy Presents The Fly-Rite Boys
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Big Sandy checks out for a beer or 20 and cuts the Boys loose on this one: "The first waxing all on their lonesome," he says in introduction. Though Sandy's voice and body cuts a huge figure on-stage while the band rips th... more »
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Big Sandy checks out for a beer or 20 and cuts the Boys loose on this one: "The first waxing all on their lonesome," he says in introduction. Though Sandy's voice and body cuts a huge figure on-stage while the band rips through their unique hillbilly-boogie-jazz-country-swing sizzle, it's obvious the Boys aren't a mere support act. The instrumentals here scintillate; with Sandy out of the way, the boys kick out the jams on "Straight-8 Boogie," "Mary's Mood," "Flyin' Rite," and others. But the Boys ain't no slouches behind the mike, either, especially when bass fiddle whiz Wally Henderson steps up for the rollicking "Booze Party." It's nice to know that if Mr. Sandy's head gets too big for the band and he embarks on a misguided solo career, the Boys can step into his considerably huge shoes. --Tod Nelson
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Big Sandy's band steps out on their own
Greg Brady | Capital City | 04/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Except for "Rosetta" (sung by pianist Carl "Sonny" Leyland) and "Booze Party" (bassist Wally Hersom handles this one), these are band instrumentals.
Leyland's "Wizard's Dust" is an ivory workout, "Flyin' Rite" is a nice mid-tempo Western swing number (that sounds like it cops a bar or two of "Pennsylvania 6-5000"), the swing is in full force for "Hit and Run" (with Bobby Trimble doing his best to ape Gene Krupa) and steel spotlight "Rhapsody in Violet" (which recalls 50s great "Sleepwalk"). "Minor Struggle" is another nice jazzy piano number.
Guitarist Kingman wrote "Laguna Sunset" but it's a fairly lackluster affair (his "Mary's Mood" fares better). "Booze Party" is fairly laidback for what should be a raucous party tune. It just doesn't have the energy you'd associate with the subject matter.
You don't have to be a fan of Big Sandy's to enjoy the fine Western swing and jazz numbers here. If you have any interest in either of these genres, take a moment or two to sample this. You may just find something new for your CD rack.
3 1/2 stars"