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Thursday, August 27, 2009

8/29: Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys at Beachland

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Over the past 21 years, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys have morphed from purveyors of frenetic rockabilly to masters of Western swing and the more traditional arm of country music, without losing one iota of the energy and passion that they’ve exhibited from the very start. They started out in Southern California in 1988, sporting R&B and Bakersfield country influences (one of the band’s early singles was even released as a 78). Five years later, the Boys began shifting from R&B/rockabilly to more foundational Western swing. After a 1998 solo album and a tour with Los Straitjackets in 2001, Big Sandy released It’s Time in 2003 and, two years later, Turntable Matinee, which found the band venturing into new musical territory like Memphis soul and bossa nova. Where will Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys land next? Wherever their endless swinging conga line takes them. Eilen Jewell opens at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $12. — Brian Baker

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