WANTED TO FLY
Sandy Reay & Friends
review by Jon
So, while America tunes in each week to watch extravagant
productions aimed at creating flamboyant “stars”
who have plenty of moxie but absolutely no soul, there are
hundreds of singer/songwriters (if not thousands) who fly
under the radar, plying their trade with purity and intelligence.
It’s a true pleasure to discover one.
Reay is a fixture in Colorado’s acoustic music scene,
playing upright bass and singing in venues ranging from dusty
watering holes to elegant amphitheaters. She’s also
an exquisite songwriter. Several years ago, she shared the
lyrics to a song entitled Sandstorm
From Sedona with me, and I was struck by her lyrical integrity
and insight. Well, actually I was struck by how fun the lyrics
When I heard the jazzy-swingy recorded version, I was surprised
and delighted at how Sandy had taken a western theme, rejected
its minor-chord stereotype and given it a new, intriguing,
and yes, purely western aspect. Her vocal is answered by Bill
Barwick’s thundering bass warbling, a flute twitters
around the edges, and the whole thing works.
On this CD, she lends several of her songs to lead vocalists
who do them justice. From the opening track (I
Wanted to Fly), with Christy
Wessler singing like Emmylou [Harris]
in her prime, the songs are captivating and ultimately interesting.
The good time folk song blast from the past of Already
Gone features an iconic vocal from Bob
Turner and has the listener unconsciously looking for
the car keys, ready to hit the road. Sandy’s songs rank
with those penned by many of the best western songwriters…Chris
Wall comes to mind. I love Red
Shoes, and I love Car
Full of Collies. I’m humming Maybe
This Time as I write. In the spirit of full disclosure,
I also love my harmonica part on One
Lonely Rider. But that’s just my opinion.
CD Review in
The Western Way by Rick Huff
Tribune March 7, 2010
"I Wanted to Fly"
by Sandy Reay and Friends
A collection of
Americana songs about traveling through space and time featuring
a variety of styles and musicians
Colorado Sandstorm Music announces the release of "I
Wanted to Fly," a CD collection of songs that incorporate
different aspects of traveling through space and time, including
leaving and being left behind.
This CD includes performances by many well-known Colorado
artists, including Ernie
Martinez (Dakota Blonde, Jon Chandler & the Wichitones),
Alkire (Acoustic Eidolon), Bill
Barwick (Western Music Association 2009 Male Vocalist
of the Year), Jon
Ratts (Jimmy Ibbotson, John McEuen, Sam Bush), Sandy
Turner and Christy
Wessler (Nashville Star 2008 Regional Finalist).
Produced by Ernie
Martinez and recorded by Jim
Ratts at Raven Studio, Englewood CO, this 14-song, 46-minute
CD features 7 songs written by Sandy Reay, and 7 songs co-written
by Sandy Reay and her friends. Sandy Reay lives near Monument
It is the first independently-released CD by Colorado Sandstorm
Music, based in Monument CO. It is featured on ColoradoSandstormMusic.com.
It is sold through the web site and CD
- I Wanted
- Free Fall
- I'll Hold
- Red Shoes
Full of Collies
Quotations from Car
Full of Collies and Sandstorm
From Sedona were
"Peace Within" by Kebba
Three of the songs from this collection have been recorded and released on CDs by other artists: The Yampa Valley Boys, Ernie
Martinez, and Bob
Western Music Association 2010 award finalists include:
"I Wanted to Fly" Sandy
Reay & Friends
"Best Original Song": "Already
Burns, the Cowboy and Western Trade Industry publication,
listed both the CD and one of the songs in their "Top
of the Charts" for May-June, 2010.
"Western Music Album": #8. Sandy
Reay & Friends - "I Wanted to Fly".
"Western Music Song": #6. Sandy
Reay & Friends - "Already
Songs from this CD are getting airplay:
Four of the songs (Already
Line Cafe) and were selected for inclusion on the 2007
and 2009 Colorado Bluegrass Music Society compilation CDs.
Lonely Rider was an alternate in the 2008 Walnut Valley
What People Said About the CD:
"The quality and diversity of songs, song styles, singers
and arrangements is really captivating. Very impressive and
quite an accomplishment!" — B.J.
"I commend you for giving all of us a great slice of
American music the way we love to hear it." — Bob
"I listened to your CD again the other day and I'm blown
away by the production values. Everyone you picked ... did
an amazing job on this CD. well done! " — Michi
"Overall, I like how you have little harmonic twists
in a lot of the songs - you think they might be pretty straight
ahead, but then you throw in something that takes you off
guard (in a good way!) and you go - cool!" — Cindy
"It is really very good! I like the variety of songs,
and the way that the songs feature different singers and instrumentation.
Very nice!" — Peter
"Your stories are genuine and touching! Thanks for this
wonderful project!" — Shawn
"I listened to your new cd and you all did such a great
job. I was impressed with how it all came together."