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Coming in from Anaheim, Calif., the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series sponsors presents rockabilly, western swing, country boogie and roots of rock & roll star, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys on Friday.
They’re on their 25th Anniversary Tour. In those years, the Boys have released 14 albums, traveled hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world and have played more than 3,000 concerts, including a show in Los Alamos about 10 years ago. “Welcome back Big Sandy,” Concert Organizer Russ Gordon said.
The band coming Friday will be pretty much the same guys that started out in Sandy’s Anaheim garage in 1988.
They still play swing and rockabilly, plus doo-wop, honky-tonk, R&B, soul and have lately added a touch of folk, bluegrass, Cajun, Mariachi and even some reggae and ska influenced tunes.
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn., along with such music icons as Elvis, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson, Bill Haley, Brian Setzer and Link Wray. “A fantastic fraternity. The band has been featured on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered” and have played The Grand Ole Opry,” Gordon said.
Growing up, Big Sandy said he was influenced by Ray Charles, Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Spade Cooley, Gene Vincent, Hank Williams and Elvis. Sandy says he plays the country style boogie of the late ’40s and early ’50s. He calls it “Hillbilly Bop.”
Like all the summer concerts, the show starts at 7 p.m., the concert is free and you should bring your own chairs. Any ’50s styles clothing, or western wear is encouraged.
Read about and listen to Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys at YouTube, his Facebook page and bigsandy.net. “I do believe that all people and at all ages will really enjoy this show. That goes for you Metal heads and even rap lovers,” Gordon said. “Hey, this is something different and good. Besides there are lots of nice people hanging and ready for you to check them out and for them to check you out.”