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”Twenty-five years, hundreds of thousands of miles, and over 3,000 live performances; what a dream it’s been!” said Robert ”Big Sandy” Williams. ”When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988, in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon.” Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are treasured by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted American Music inspired by Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Doo-Wop. What A Dream It’s Been, out August 27th on Cow Island Music, is a collection of the band’s favorite original numbers, reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation.”Here I am, looking back at a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times, and put us in front of national television and radio audiences,” said Big Sandy, who, with his band, has made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered with Melissa Block. ”Putting together this new record has brought back a flood of memories. It is our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now. I feel like we’re sounding better than ever and experimenting musically. This album, while a reflection on our past is really a hint of things to come.” Newly arranged versions of songs from all of the band’s prior albums are represented here, with many of the new arrangements developing spontaneously. ”Often during sound checks and rehearsals, we’ll get to messing around with songs,” Big Sandy explained. ”I Know I’ve Loved You Before” was originally recorded as a slow, jazzy number. But one night at band practice after a few drinks, I started strumming the song with Ska upstrokes and tried singing it in a more soulful, Rocksteady style. The rest of the band fell in together and it started to sound like something that (Jamaican legend) Ken Boothe might have done. We all knew in that instant that we had to record the song that way as soon as possible.”The last song on the album and title track, ”What A Dream It’s Been,” (a duet with acclaimed voice actress/Grammy Award winning vocalist Grey DeLisle) is a love song, but not in the conventional sense. As Big Sandy explained, ”I wrote this song in 1998 after a couple of the Fly-Rite Boys had given notice. Unsure if I would be able to continue on without them, this song sums up and pays tribute to the wonderful times that we’d had together”. Despite Big Sandy’s uncertainty about the band’s future at that time, a new generation of Fly-Rite Boys emerged. Performing on these recordings are Jeff West on bass and harmony vocals, Joe Perez on drums and backup vocals, and Ashley Kingman, a 20-year Fly-Rite veteran, on guitar and mandolin.Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It’s Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, and setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about.”

Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys - What A Dream It’s Been (Käytetty LP/12)


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  • 01. Baby Baby Me
  • 02. This Ain't a Good Time
  • 03. Missouri Gal
  • 04. Don t Desert Me
  • 05. Nothing To Lose
  • 06. Glad When I'm Gone
  • 07. Parts Unknown
  • 08. (You Mean) Too Much to Me
  • 09. I Know I've Loved You Before
  • 10. Three Years Blind
  • 11. If I Knew Now (What I Knew Then)
  • 12. What a Dream It's Been