It’s impossible to put one label on Wendy Waldman. She is a critically acclaimed recording artist, a writer of multi-platinum songs in genres ranging from country and cowboy music to pop, film, jazz, Latin and R&B. She is also a teacher of guitar and songwriting, a classically trained pianist, and one of the first distinguished women record producers.
Waldman is also a spell binding performer, as the audience last year in a packed Fiddlers Crossing will attest. Whether she is with her trio, The Refugees, or alone on the stage with her guitar or piano, she keeps the audience enthralled with her humor, her beautiful voice, and her instrumental virtuosity.
Wendy Waldman will give an encore performance in Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m.
More than 70 artists have recorded Waldman's songs. Probably her best known hits are "Save The Best For Last" and "The Sweetest Days" sung by Vanessa Williams; "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Home Again In My Heart" by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; "Baby What About You" by Crystal Gayle; "I Owe You One" by Aaron Neville; "Heartbeat" by Don Johnson, and "I'm Gone" by Alison Krauss. "Fishin in the Dark" was recently released by Garth Brooks.
Her songs have also been recorded by Michael Martin Murphey, Maria Muldaur, Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, CeCe Winans, NewGrass Revival, Randy Travis, Randy Meisner, Edgar Winter, Jesse Colin Young, Percy Sledge, Kenny Rogers, Judy Collins, Melissa Manchester, Rita Coolidge and Bette Midler to name just a few.
Wendy Waldman grew up in a musical family in Los Angeles. Her father, Fred Steiner, was a composer who wrote, among other things, the famous "Perry Mason" theme, and her grandfather, George Steiner, composed music for Laurel and Hardy and animated features such as "Betty Boop."
In the early seventies, Waldman formed the band Bryndle with Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards. She ultimately became a solo recording artist, songwriter, and producer, garmering a Grammy nomination for “Save the Best for Last,” and the coveted Wrangler Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame for her song "Corn, Water and Wood," which was co-written with Carol Elliot and recorded by Michael Martin Murphey.
As a producer, some of Waldman’s projects include albums for Suzy Bogguss New Grass Revival, The Forester Sisters, Jonathan Edwards, Sweden's Elisabeth Andreasson, and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
In 2007, Wendy Waldman joined with Cindy Bullens and Deborah Holland to form a trio they call The Refugees. Since that time, The Refugees have been wowing audiences and radio DJs alike with their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship, and unforgettably humorous stage presence.
Waldman's studio/house in Los Angeles, The Longhouse, is now the home of the venerated public radio music show "FolkScene," which has run continuously for more than 40 years in Los Angeles and now around the world on the Web. In this way Waldman gives back to the community that has supported her.
Wendy Waldman's amazing musical career continues to pick up steam with new projects and dreams. New songs are in the works along with a new solo studio album. Wendy continues to play concerts both solo and with The Refugees. Clearly for Wendy Waldman, the best is yet to come!
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at The Apple Shed, or with a credit card by calling 661-823-9994 ($1 charge per ticket for processing). Tickets are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. Doors open at 6:30p.m. (Please note: The last Wendy Waldman show sold out, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time.)