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Artist Spotlight: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

While it may be their first time at Roots N Blues, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are no strangers to the stage. The group, who has been making music for almost 30 years, will take the stage Friday night and bring their unique and timeless sound to Stephens Lake Park.

Big Sandy, the stage name for frontman Robert Williams, leads the group that has put out 14 albums with a wide range of variety. The first of these albums, “Fly Right with Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Trio,” came out in 1990 and featured just the trio. Big Sandy has also released solo work including the 1998 album, “Dedicated to You.”

The group’s sound combines western swing and country boogie to give the California group a sound that takes listeners back to the old days. While this blend of genres has been done before, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys add their own spin to it. This sound began to take shape after they started to stray from their rockability revivalist roots. The band then shaped their sound to fit the classic sound of California country music.

The group has featured oscillating members: Joe Perez, Jeff West, and Bobby Trimble  have all contributed throughout the course of the band’s history. These past members, along with current members Ashley Kingsman, Ricky McCann and Kevin Stewart, have put together a catalog worthy of being inducted into the Rockability Hall of Fame.

Once September 29 rolls around, there will be a lot of must-see artists heading to Columbia. If you’re a fan of classic country, you better find a good spot to watch Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys take you back to the good ole days.