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Nova Scotia Classic Rock

Sandy Road

   Early Members:

Alan Westlake: Drums, Lead Vocals
David Dobson: Lead Vocals
Sandy MacLean: Organ
Bernard Amirault: Lead Guitar
Junior Whynot: Bass
Kirk Whynot: Vocals
Vince Westlake: Rhythm Guitar
Larry Sheridan: Keyboards

   197?-1976 Line-up:

Alan Westlake: Drums, Lead Vocals
David Dobson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Dixon: Bass, Vocals
Johnny Lake: Lead Guitar, Vocals


Alan Westlake: Drums, Lead Vocals
David Dobson: Lead Vocals, Bass, (1977-1978)
Jim Rice: Guitar, Vocals (Replaced Lake 1976)
Charlie Phillips: Bass (Replaced Dixon 1977)
Dave Snyder: Bass, Vocals (Replaced Phillips 1977)
Barry Woods: Bass (Replaced Snyder 1977)
Tommy Wambolt: Guitar (Replaced Rice 1978)
Jim Rice: Guitar, Vocals (Rejoined 1978)

   Based in a band house in Liverpool Nova Scotia, Sandy Road played the one-nighter circuit throughout the early to late-seventies. A large number of musicians passed through the band always leaving the nucleus of Dobson and Westlake intact. Of the many musicians that came and went, the most notable are John Lake (Snakeye) and Bruce Dixon (Oakley, Rita MacNeil).

   Following Bruce Dixon's departure in February 1977 to form the legendary Oakley band, the band tried to replace the mega-talented Dixon but eventually settled into a 3-piece format with the multi-talented Dobson taking over bass chores. The final version of Sandy Road - Dobson, Westlake and Rice - became Rox with the addition of Haligonian Scott Rogers in the Fall of 1978.

   Sandy Road's final gig was held at Queens Memorial Arena in their hometown of Liverpool in front of friends and family. The entire show was videotaped by the local cable TV company and aired on Liverpool cable channel 4 on September 20 1978 at 7 PM. The black and white program was called, "Last Concert Sandy Road".

   Trivia: Others shows airing during the broadcast on September 20 1978 on other channels included Barney Miller, Love Boat, Project UFO, Denny's Sho, Emergency One and Patsy Gallant.

   Info From Jim Rice


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