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LIVE: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ the Ale House, 5/7/13

Monday, May 13th, 2013
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway

On a summer-like night in Troy, the Ale House was rocked for more than two and a half hours by the Californian rockabilly, surf, blues and western swing of Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys – some patrons even dancing on the sidewalk.

For 25 years, roots music fans have known just how dynamic this band from San Diego is. Though the line-up has changed occasionally over the years, the band has toured consistently and recorded more than 10 albums. Aside from leading his own group, vocalist Big Sandy is also known for his guest work with Los Straitjackets, as many who attended a legendary Alive at Five event a few years ago will recall. He is one of the most versatile singers and cordial entertainers on the scene today.

With the crowd seated all the way up to the stage, the quartet knew it was go-time, opening with uptempo favorite “Heaven Is the Other Way” and the jump blues call to tear it up, even on a Tuesday night, “It’s Time.” Big Sandy sang like a lost sun of Memphis and played his acoustic guitar with fervor; Kevin Stewart had sweat pouring down the fretboard of his upright bass; Chris Sprague hit the drums with brushes and an ever-present grin; and the remarkable Ashley Kingman earned his pints of ale, ripping out solos from a 1957 custom Magnatone guitar. “Tequila Callin’,” by request, earned the crowd the second of many toasts from Big Sandy, who could not resist getting the drinkers in the crowd to sing along on the chorus.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are certainly no strangers to Nippertown. Just last year, they toured through town, making memorable stops at both the Ale House in Troy and Club Helsinki in Hudson.

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LIVE: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ Club Helsinki, 10/13/12

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Review by Fred Rudofsky

A full spectrum of great music hit the stage of Club Helsinki on a Saturday night, with the unique pairing of SHEL, a four-sister acoustic group from Fort Collins, CO, and veteran West Coast roots rockers Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Whether seated or dancing, the crowd got their money’s worth, and it’s a safe bet they will be lobbying return dates by both bands.

Ranging in age from 18 to 23, the talented Holbrook sisters of SHEL – Sarah on violin; Hannah on keyboards and concertina; Eva on mandolin; and Liza on percussion and drums – quickly made an impression with their versatile vocal and instrumental arrangements, drawing upon their 2009 debut EP Try to Scream and their just-released eponymous album. “Mad King” featured intricate harmonies and a hand-drummed rhythmic pattern reminiscent of the subdudes, one of SHEL’s favorite bands. “Lost at Sea” blazed like a mountain-top party, Sarah’s eerie violin swooping over and against the insistent keyboards of Hannah. Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore” followed, and the sisters channeled Sandy Denny’s ethereal sound, trading verses and harmonies with ease and demonstrating some of Robert Plant’s swagger.

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LIVE: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys @ the Ale House, 10/9/12

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

Another mid-week and another rockabilly show – this time with a bit more western swing – greeted a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Ale House in Troy. After the wildly successful two-night stand of Los Straitjackets the week before, it was going to be tough to pull off the triple. But pull it off they did, to another packed house.

If you’re just a casual observer of Brian Gilchrist’s venue, you be hard pressed to figure out how they can fit a band in, let alone a national touring act. Somehow, he has been pulling it off for years, though, with acts as diverse as the Spampinato Brothers, Chandler Travis’ many incarnations and the aforementioned Eddie Angel project, Los Straitjackets (which had two sell-out nights of 150 tickets each); and Big Sandy was no exception. After removing the tables, there was plenty of room to stand, and if you didn’t mind being front and center, you could dance as well.

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