Magazine article Guitar Player

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

Magazine article Guitar Player

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

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Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys' sixth album, Night Tide [Hightone], shows guitarist Ashley Kingman to be fully steeped in the Western swing tradition. "What I love about Western swing is that it encompasses so many musical styles," he says. "If I played guitar in, say, a '50s blues band or a retro jazz group, I could only play those styles. But with Western swing, I can touch on all of those elements without sounding out of place, and the music still has the balls of rock and roll."

Beginning as a straight-up rockabilly group before broadening into their own brand of hillbilly boogie, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have kept a rigorous touring schedule for more than ten years. According to Kingman, the incessant gigging can be a double-edged sword.

"I don't get to sit and practice as much as I'd like because we play so often," he says. "But playing a lot allows you to sharpen other skills. …

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