Washington D.C.’s Dede Wyland has one of those voices that makes the listener play close attention to the song, its message, its feeling, and its heart. Wyland started her career with the Milwaukee band Grass, Food & Lodging and later became part of the New Jersey/New York band Skyline. Currently, she performs occasionally in the D.C. area while focusing on a career in voice instruction.
This new project features her vocals, backed by an impressive collection of artists which include Mike Munford, Chris Luquette, David and Peter McLaughlin, Frank Solivan, Randy Barrett, Dudley Connell, Ron Stewart, Fred Travers, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, and Raymond McLain, among others. The CD starts off with a rather uptempo version of Joni Mitchell’s “Urge For Going.” She also covers Don Stover’s “Things In Life,” Carter Stanley’s “Could You Love Me One More Time,” the Everly Brothers’ “Let It Be Me,” and Hank Williams’ “Lost On The River.” Wyland reprises Randy Barrett’s “Hold Me Forever” and performs a lively “Cannonball Yodel.”
The album is ably produced by Wyland and Jim Robeson with a basic configuration of players and singers with other artists adding their parts as needed. This is a wonderful new project that Wyland fans and others should gladly welcome to their collection. (Patuxent Music, P.O. Box 572, Rockville, MD 20848, www.pxrec.com.)BF