The music of Dana Wylie Band is a blend of jazz, blues, funk, blue grass and folk. Reviewers say Wylie’s music ranks with the best anywhere.
Some refer to the Saskatchewan born artist’s unconventional dress, others to her piano playing or “big soaring vocals coming from a small girl” (reference to 2008 Unruly Ones album on Tiny White Girl label).
Whatever they say, it’s agreed the young artist enthralls her audience with her songs, original lyrics and voice. Once she starts singing, it happens spontaneously.
The music pours out of her, that’s why fans love her. Prince George audiences will have a chance to find out what they’re talking about.
Dana Wylie Band’s new album The Unruly Ones is on summer tour and Prince George will be one of their stops in B.C. they also play cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
In the fall, the band performs in the United Kingdom before heading for Taiwan. From there, they plan a debut our of Australia and New Zealand.
Their new album cover artwork features a collage of special “unruly ones” familiar and not so familiar faces. The CD was recorded in Edmonton with some the city’s finest musicians Cam Newfeld, Jason Kodie, Mike Sadava and Scott Cook.
“It will definitely look cool enough to be incentive to not (download for free) the album,” she says.
The Dana Wylie Band features Jeremy Hellard on drums, harmonicas, guitar and vocals along with Nye Parsons who plays upright bass giving virtuoso performances with both fingers and bow.
Besides her amazing vocals, Dana plays electric piano or acoustic guitar.
The band’s Web site features four songs that are well worth listening to for the lyrics alone as much as the music.
Out Here (everybody’s liquid) is a great tune with meaning of life kind of lyrics. Here’s a sample:
“Some people like do smoke cigarettes/Some also like to eat the filter/And lick the ashtray/While others are sipping cocktails/
They’re guzzling gasoline/Some people like looking good/And what looks better/Than a big fat SUV/And a little tiny cell phone.”
Then there is The Ballad of June, I Know You Knew and The Money Song. All of the sample songs showcase the unique sound of a band travelling the world to get their sound out.
Dana Wylie Band plays the Cottonwood Club (Northwoods Inn) Friday, August 1. Show starts at 8 p.m.