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Shot From The Saddle

by The Decoys

Texas Blues meets Muscle Shoals Soul; blues that rock your socks off.
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shot From The Saddle
3:41 $0.99
2. Nadine
3:07 $0.99
3. Down in Texas
3:58 $0.99
4. Bits & Pieces
3:36 $0.99
5. Twenty-four-7-365
3:46 $0.99
6. Neighbor, Neighbor
6:31 $0.99
7. Melissa
4:28 $0.99
8. Get Down
3:02 $0.99
9. Good Days, Bad Days
3:55 $0.99
10. What's Up With That
2:56 $0.99
11. Her Mind is Gone
4:26 $0.99
12. Desire
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Decoys are a five-man powerhouse rhythm and blues band featuring five of the most seasoned musicians anywhere. Formed 11 years ago by veteran record producer Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Bros., Delbert McLinton, Widespread Panic…), The band has grown to gain wide respect and recognition worldwide, and everyone in the band has made their mark in the music industry

The band has toured the south playing nightclubs and festivals. They have performed at the Birmingham City Stages festival numerous times as well as Huntsville Big Spring Jam and the Chunky Blues festival in Mississippi. The band?was featured at the grand opening of the Alabama music hall of fame and shortly afterward toured Europe and the Mediterranean. The have also appeared in concert with the likes of B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Bo Diddley and the Allman Brothers. The Decoys have always been admired by their peers and have occasionally been joined on stage by some of the finest musicians in the business.

The band has released two albums “All My Friends” and "Live at Union Station." Appearing with the band were veteran keyboard player with the Rolling Stones, Chuck Leavell, Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks and Randall Bramlett from Steve Windwood's band. A new album is scheduled to be released December 3rd 2001 entitled “Shot From the Saddle”.

Each member of the band records writes and plays independently of the band in the studio and on the road, but all remain loyal to the Decoys out of a desire to play quality music with people they respect and admire.

Scott Boyer
Scott is a singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his work in the band "Cowboy" and the Eric Clapton version of his song "Please Be With Me" on the "461 Ocean Boulevard" album.

His career extends back to the mid?60's when he formed a band with future Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks and David Brown, bassist now with Steve Miller.

He worked in the 70's for Capricorn Records, playing in "Cowboy" and recording with artists including Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Kitty Wells, Martin Mull, Billy Joe Shaver and Arthur Conley. During this period he wrote songs recorded by Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie), Alex Taylor(James' Brothers) and others.

Scott continued to write and record through the 80's, also playing with the Mobile based band "The Convertibles." He currently resides in North Alabama where he writes, operates his recording studio and plays in a popular band "The Decoys." His recent list of credits includes coauthoring songs with legendary Shoals area writers Donnie Fritts and Spooner Oldham, numerous studio projects with Johnny Sandlin, "Allman Brothers" and "Widespread Panic" producer, and having songs recorded by Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Wayne Toups and many others.

David Hood
David is a man who, in the world of music, industry needs no introduction. As a member of the world famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, he has played on a list of albums that reads like a who's who of the music industry.

These artists include: Aretha Franklin, Bob Segar, Paul Simon, Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Greg Allman, Patti Austin, James Brown, JJ Cale, Clarence Carter, Kim Carnes, Dr. Hook, Glen Frey, Art Garfunkel, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Skaggs, Percy Sledge, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Etta James and Joe Cocker Just to name a few. He also recorded and toured with Steve Windwood's band, Traffic along with Roger Hawkins.

He was instrumental in helping to form The Muscle Shoals Sound which. established Muscle Shoals, Alabama as one of the hit recording capitals of the world, and continues to record with some. of the best names in the business.

Kelvin Holly
Kelvin Holly has long been recognized as one of the South's, premiere guitarists. His career dates back to Montgomery Alabama where he played with Harmony, replacing Tommy Shaw who had left to play with Styx.

He moved to North Alabama in the early eighties where he met Johnny Sandlin and Scott Boyer who were looking for a guitarist for the Decoys. Since then he has played and recorded with several artists including Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bobby Blue Bland, and the Decoys.

He now resides in Muscle Shoals where he is currently writing and working in his new recording studio, and he can be seen worldwide playing in the Little Richard band.

NC Thurman
NC Thurman started playing with bands, back in the sixties. He plays keyboard, harmonica, guitar, melodica and vocals. He has played with some great artists such as Bettye Swann, Eddie Floyd, Donnie Fritts, Gregg Allman, Billy Dean, The Forrester Sisters, Little Richard, Percy Sledge and Hank Williams Jr. to mention a few. He performed on recording sessions with the likes of Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones, Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Will Mcfarland, Johnny Sandlin, Jack Pearson and many more.



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Frank Hueser

Shot from the saddle
I got a chance to hear the Decoys CD and I immediately ordered it.Great Blues,great guitar work.I'm sad we haven't got a band like the Decoys over here in Germany.Friends in Blues, check this one out.It's Rock 'n' Soul at its best.


I call myself knowing something about this....

I went to see the Decoys(Scott Boyer,David Hood, N.C. Thurman,Kelvin Holly,Mike Dillon...Drums)two weeks ago and I enjoyed the performance.

I enjoyed it so much that I ordered this CD from CD Baby. Best customer service in the western world!

After having listened to the album numerous times I have about decided that they may have recorded THE DEFINITIVE R&B ALBUM.

It is in my estimation what all music-makers and recordists should listen to, to see if they are doing R&B, and to see what R&B really is, and how it ought to be done.

It was recorded at FAME studios. 'Nuff said.

"Shot From The Saddle" by the Decoys is the North Star for all R&B musical mariners.

I write music and lyrics and have a CD on CD Baby myself, so I feel moderately qualified to speak on the issue, plus have been a hard-core music fan for longer than most people have been alive, and have spent many nights, as my poet friend Everette Maddox opined, with "my ear cupped to a busted radio".

In the hills of north-central Alabama, and in the flatlands of East Mississippi, or down on the Gulf Coast 40 years ago, late on Winter nights on AM stations that had no name, that skipped in and out like ghosts, you could hear music like this...but not for long, and it'd be gone with the wind. Well, here it is, dressed up and come to town, and man, is it long overdue?? You can listen as long as you want to with no fade-outs!!

You can get down, and get up, miss somebody, cry out for rescue, reminisce with a homeless drifter, lament your woes, and generally be entertained almost beyond your ability to comprehend prospectively, plus be taken to school on the Muscle Shoals R & B genre. Brick mason to musicologist, everybody has a place for this record.

Doc Snow

Tony Rounce

Muscle Shoals Soul!!!
The sleevenote to the original US release of SHOT FROM THE SADDLE describes the Decoys as "a five man rhythm and blues powerhouse". That's only half the story, though. For what the Decoys really is, is a mini-history of Southern rock'n'soul, all wrapped up in a most satisfying 45 minutes of music. Originally assembled as a loose-fit 'jam band' a decade and a half ago by famed record producer Johnny "Duck" Sandlin, the group's personnel has lately gelled into a regular four piece (with a succession of guest drummers) that includes legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood. (The MSRS drumstool occupant is one of many who occasionally occupy that self-same position within the Decoys' floating membership, by the way).

Hood's been around enough to know what makes separates the good from the bad - as has lead singer Scott Boyer, whose own career stretches back to the mid 70s when he fronted Southern rockers Cowboy. Together with guitarist Kelvin Holly and keyboard man NC Thurman they make up the core of the Decoys, and are aided and augmented here by just the few other seminal Southern sidemen such as Spooner Oldham and ex-Domino Bobby Whitlock on B3s, percussionist Mickey Buckins and a team of background vocalists that includes 'Alabama Leaning Man' Donnie Fritts and Cindy Walker. Oh yes, and the Muscle Shoals Horns are conspicuous by their prominence here, too. Thus if you're guessing that SHOT FROM THE SADDLE is a beguiling blend of blues, country-influenced southern rock and straight-ahead Muscle Shoals Soul you'll be guessing right. The singing is soulful, the solos are brief and tasteful and the songs are generally pretty splendid (would you expect anything less from a set that revives Oscar Toney Jr's Down In Texas or Jimmy Hughes' Neighbor, Neighbor as well as Professor Longhair's Her Mind Is Gone, and blends them seamlessly with great Decoys originals like 24-7-365?). At a time when far too many veteran soul singers feel it's acceptable to record only with pre-programmed drum machines and crappy synth string sections, it's all the more refreshing to hear a 21st century southern soul record that features neither, as this doesn't. Enjoyed recent albums by the likes of Dan Penn and Russell Smith? You'll enjoy this, too, as it ploughs a not-dissimilar furrow to both Mr. Pennington's early 90s classic Do Right Man and Russell's recent Ace release The End Is Not In Sight (CDCHD 859 - like SFTS, originally released on Muscle Shoals Records).

Produced by Mark and Rodney Hall with occasional input from the aforementioned Mr Sandlin, it's great to see and hear that Rick Hall's boys are continuing to maintain the standards of excellence set by their father over 40 years ago when he founded Florence, Alabama Music Enterprises (that's FAME to me and you!) and recorded Arthur Alexander's You Better Move On. If you have even a passing interest in the Sound of the American South, you need to check this one out.

Pam Kelley

Shot From the Saddle
Everytime I hear this album it gets better. The combined talent of these great musicians is amazing. The guys have a certain chemistry that blends all their individual talents into one group. They have played together for twenty years and just keep getting better. They entertain the audience and you'll never hear the same song played the same way twice. They go with the flow and atmosphere. You can tell they enjoy entertaining and playing together. Music is in their blood be it producing, writing or performing. I hope they will continue to grace us with their abilities to calm or excite the soul.
They are truely the best of the best.

randy sivley

Shot From The Saddle
I had never heard of the Decoys until I bought this cd on a whim and have really enjoyed it.