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The Bigsbys
©2012 Independently released
Produced by Lyndon Hughes
Review by Lucky Boyd


“Expect measurable results in reasonable time or make substantial changes.”  I really don’t remember who said it first, but Alex Smith certainly believes in the concept.  Even though he had some success with his last band, he made some changes and the result is The Bigbys.  This incarnation of Alex, with Brad Hobson, Joey Tritico, and Russell McClendon is one of the best to come out of Anderson County in some time; an area that has been known to produce good acts.  Smith’s voice is red dirt all the way, and the harmony work on the album is well done.  If the band can reproduce this sound live, they will have an extra sparkle to their performances.  Brad Hobson’s guitar work is nothing short of stellar, and he can hold his own with the big boys, for sure.  The writing is solid and covers the full range of the genre, from power ballads to the rocking shuffle, “The White Trash Anthem.”  The title cut is a gripping story of loss and dealing with it in a songwriter’s way.  Lyndon Hughes does a masterful job of capturing The Bigsbys and their relentless energy and passion.  This album will be an outstanding foundation for The Bigsbys to build upon.  Smith’s writing and performance will continue to take them good places.  With this set of pickers, the band will out-gig many of their peers in the coming years.  This should give you plenty of opportunity to catch them live.  If you had your copy of the disc now, you could sing along at the shows.  Now, there’s an idea!

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