Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Reminisce With “What a Dream It’s Been”


After 25 years of swinging to keep the golden era of American music alive, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are coming in for a rootsy landing.

What a Dream It’s Been, out Aug. 27, will be an acoustic album of the Southern California band’s favorite original tunes — ones that celebrate rockabilly, doo wop, jazz, honky-tonk and more.

Of the album’s title track, Big Sandy says he was going for a “classic jazz/pop standard from the ‘30s” feel and then decided to bring in his friend Grey DeLisle as his female counterpart.

“Grey is fantastic singer-songwriter who has found phenomenal success as a voice actress,” he tells CMT Edge. “She really brought both sides of her talents to the table with this song. I’ve been a fan and a friend for a while, and she has a really expressive voice that channels the ‘30s-era sound I was aiming for. I’ve never had so much fun singing with anyone.”

The song itself was inspired by the 1998 departure of two of Big Sandy’s bandmates, but it helps him look back at how far he and his little group have come.

Take a trip back to the good ol’ days with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys’ all-acoustic rendition of “What a Dream It’s Been.”