It's Time!

It's Time!

by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys


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It's Time!

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have added a stronger dose of rockabilly rhythm to a few cuts on their seventh album, It's Time!, but otherwise they haven't changed much -- and there's nothing wrong with that. Big Sandy and company have earned a richly deserved reputation as one of the best retro-country acts on the current scene, and It's Time! boasts 14 more examples of what makes them so much fun. Big Sandy has a big, warm voice that's well suited to vintage styles without ever sounding as if he's mired in the past, and his band understands that a light hand (which guitarist Ashley Kingman and pedal steel man Jimmy Roy have along with chops to spare) is what makes vintage country swing. And It's Time! gives the band a healthy variety of material to play with, including the Cajun-flavored "Bayou Blue," the jazzy "Money Tree," the rockin' "Chalk It Up to the Blues," and the swing-centric title cut, while the live-in-the-studio production by Joey Altruda captures the roomy but dynamic sound of a good live gig. In short, if you dig Big Sandy, It's Time! will chart high on your personal play list, and if you're not familiar with their uptown twang, this is a pretty good place to get started.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2003
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457204621
catalogNumber: 2046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys   Primary Artist
Chris Gaffney   Accordion
Gene Taylor   Piano
Joey Altruda   Rhythm Guitar
Big Sandy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ashley Kingman   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Bobby Trimble   Drums
Jeff West   Bass,Vocals
Jimmy Roy   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Shorty Poole   Acoustic Bass
Lonely Blue Boys   Background Vocals
Alex Vargas   Background Vocals
Ernie Vargas   Background Vocals
Jim Maund   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Joey Altruda   Producer
Wally Hersom   Engineer
Tim Maag   Engineer
J. West   Composer

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It's Time! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with the best retro-inspired bands, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have transcended their nostalgic roots. They're not just paying homage to the rockabilly and swing sounds of the '40 and '50s, they're making new ones rooted in those early rhythms. Their instruments and duds may be vintage, but their music retains the vitality of the music's original era. ¶ After taking time outs for solo excursions (Sandy's brilliant doo-wop set, "Dedicated to You," and the band's high-octane instrumental album, "Big Sandy Presents His Fly-Rite Boys"), Sandy's reunion with the Fly-Rite's finds everyone recharged and ready to go. Joey Altruda's live-in-the-studio production (a week-and-a-half, start-to-finish!) neatly captures the band's interplay, from foot-stomping rockabilly to jazzy shuffles, with doghouse bass, surf inflections, and Cajun spices thrown in for good measure. This is one incredibly tight five-piece combo, augmented by the acoustics of Altruda's studio (formerly Hollywood's famed Electro Vox) and captured by well-placed vintage microphones. ¶ Sandy's voice is as warm and comfortable as ever, and his songwriting contributes several new gems to the band's catalog. The swing and rockabilly numbers, in particular, leap from the grooves with extraordinary vitality. "Chalk it up to the Blues," surely would have been a standard, if only it had been written 45 years earlier. It's only one of the joys of an album that's perfect for a summertime drive with the top down. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.