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"I'm not always able to listen to our records when we're done recording them," confesses Big Sandy. "This one I'm digging. Some of the things on there are a little bit different than what we've done before." True enough, the 41-year-old rockabilly's new album "Turntable Matinee" boasts some compelling twists in the Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys formula. Mixed in with trademarked Bakersfield twang, cheek-to-cheek romantic shuffles and spirited allusions to obscure rockabillies is a slice of  ...
The late '80s and early '90s was an exciting period for American rockabilly revivalists. Acts like High Noon, Go Cat Go and the Dave and Deke Combo were bristling with ideas and toured incessantly at home and abroad. Of those revivalists acts - indeed, the only one which still performs regularly today - Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have come the closest to some measure of national awareness, with a nearly decade-long stint with HighTone Records, TV appearances, occasional performances on the Grand Ole Opry and years of hard touring.  ...
A funny thing happened to Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Boys on the way to recording a new release. The sextet was supposed to record three new songs and pull three more already recorded songs for an EP. But once Big Sandy, aka Robert Williams, and the boys (bassist Wally Hersom, drummer Bobby Trimble, pianist Carl Sonny Leyland, guitarist Ashley Kingman and steel player Lee Jeffriess) got into the studio, all hell broke loose. The result is "Radio Favorites," six songs of all new material of their brand of country. western swing and jazz.  ...

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