Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys – Night Tide
1. Night Tide - 3:00 2. Between Darkness and Dawn - 2:48 3. Tequila Calling - 4:01 4. When Sleep Won't Come (Blues for Spade) - 3:07 5. If You Only Knew - 4:05 6. Give Yoru Loveing to Me - 2:51 7. In the Steel of the Night - 3:08 8. A Man Like Me - 2:47 9. Hey Lowdown! - 3:55 10. My Time Will Come Someday - 3:02 11. I Think of You - 2:42 12. Nothing to Lose - 4:00 13. South Bay Stomp - 3:25 14. Let Her Know - 2:58
Big Sandy (vocals, rhythm guitar) , Lee Jeffriess (steel guitar) , Jeff West (bass, vocals) , Ashley Kingman (guitar) , Bobby Trimble (drums)
1. AllMusic by Rick Anderson
On this, their fourth full-length album, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys continue to ply their unique brand of small-group rockabilly and western swing, and the combination of Sandy's sweet, rich baritone voice and his band's effortless and pitch-perfect vintage virtuosity continues to be a joy. But this time out there's a distinct lack of party anthems: no cute wordplay, no steel-guitar wolf whistles, no ebullient loverman lyrics. Instead, you have song titles like "In the Steel of the Night" and "Nothing to Lose" and couplets like "I wish I knew what to do/When sleep won't come" and "Heaven help a man like me who walks alone." Perhaps the strangest and most disconcerting song on this album is the almost creepily bouncy "Tequila Calling" on which the singer hears alcohol beckoning him into oblivion. Sandy is singing better than ever, and his band, even in this more subdued vein, is still the best thing on the retro-rock circuit; there's no questioning the musical and emotional power of this album. But Night Tide is a strikingly apt title; it sounds like it was recorded by a man who feels himself being pulled out to sea by dark forces.