Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are here this Monday! They are an incredible roots rock band from California that is on tour celebrating 25 years of being a band! If you're a fan of rock and roll, rockabilly, and western swing, don't miss this show. Mei did a fun Q&A with Big Sandy. Check it out! All advance tickets will be entered into a lottery. Two winners we be selected to receive a signed CD from Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys!
Where was the first your first show?
The band's first public performances were actually on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, CA playing for tips. We would rehearse all week long, then head down to the beach on the weekends and set up with an open guitar case for passersby to toss money into. 25 Years later, we still get people at shows who say that they saw us for the very first time down on the beach.
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?
There have been so many artists that have influenced me over the years that it would difficult to narrow it down to just one. One early important inspiration for me, though was Elvis Presley. As I kid, I became curious about the music that he was influenced by, and that led me on a path to bluegrass, blues, rhythm and blues, and country.
Mexican food is hands down my favorite. It's what I crave when I'm out of the country and what I can't wait to get home to.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
BS: One incident sticks out in my mind. We were on tour in Nashville, and I came out to our bus from our hotel room to get a clean shirt. We had a 1949 Flexible touring bus at the time and when I got to the parking lot, I noticed an old truck driver checking the bus out. He asked me a few questions about the bus, told me a little about his big rig which was parked beside us, then he went on his way. A couple of months later, after driving from coast to coast, then taking a trip to Japan, our travels lead us through Utah, where we stopped at a diner at 3 am on a deserted back road. I was in the middle of working on a plate of chicken fried steak and eggs, when I happened to glance across the restaurant and saw a familiar looking figure sitting at the counter. It took me a moment to figure out, but soon it struck me. There he was... the Nashville trucker! Of course, I just had to go over and say something - and when I did, he was just as surprised as I was. His travels had taken him many thousands of miles, while ours had taken us even father. And yet our paths had crossed once again in the wee hours of the morning at a dinner out in the middle of nowhere. To top the story off, though - I nearly dropped when he told me his name (I hadn't asked when we first met). His name was Robert Williams, which just happens to be my real name!
What two words would best describe your music?
I think that the two words "rock" and "roll" really sum it all up. Rock and Roll music grew out of a mixture of equal parts country, blues, jazz, swing, folk (to name just a few of the ingredients) and those are all important elements in our music.