WENDY DEWITT INTERVIEW
If you have to describe your music in three or four words,what would you call it?
Piano Blues and boogie
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Ha! One my dad wrote. First tune I ever copied off the radio… City of New Orleans
When did you start writing music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?
When I was ten. Hank Willimas and BB King when I was 12
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?
Steve Freund, Otis Rush, duke Robiliard, tony Z, King Curtis, Otis Spann, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Pete Johnson, Dr Clayton, oh man, this list goes on and on… and ranges from blues to jazz, focusing on guitar, organ, piano and sax.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Seldom. If it happens I don’t realize it until later usually.
How do you promote your shows?
Email list, social media, fliers, entertainment calendars, radio. With gusto!
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
What record industry? But seriously… the music industry is in flux. Live performance can’t be downloaded so we are focusing on touring and consider CDs promotional support for gigging. Back to how it was in the old days.
What's your claim to fame?
Not sure I have one. Years in the business and still having a ball. Hank Ballard tours. IBC Finalist. Song writer with several albums of material.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Heh, inspirational talks from Jack Canfield!
Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?
Wendy, What a stellar evening in every way! You and Kirk totally rocked! Your playing was wondrous, the fun and confidence you gave to every part of the night had the audience enthralled. The lineup was so exciting and rich with the promised innovation. Every performer brought something unique and new. Thank you for creating a night I will always treasure.
WOW ! You five put on the best damn show ever. The Queens made me cry not only because I was just too happy to be there but the expression,the vocals,and the amount of talent that accumulated on one stage was overwhelming. I am tearing up just writing this letter. Thank Wendy. We love you.
Dan Zelinsky, Musee Mecanique, San Francisco
After a quick set change it was time for a master of the 88's, Wendy DeWitt, and her drummer Kirk Har-wood to take the stage. The Boogie Woogie Queen immediately had the dance floor filled and proved her well-deserved title. The duo had just driven down from a Portland/Seattle tour and with their unmatched energy levels they captivated the au-dience with songs from their highly regarded latest CD "Industrial Strength." Wendy and Kirk's humorous interplay between songs added to Wendy's uplifting piano skills and smoky vocals and held everyone's attention. Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood truly made this a night to remember.
Bo Ely/Sacramento Blues Notes
This woman has a left hand with a mind of its own that owns the keyboard as her right hand improvises a melody over the top while she belts out lyrics with amazing heart, accompanied by an accomplished drummer. Amazing. Imagine the wiring with all those neurons firing in this brain! The room filled with energy and the audience was jumpin’ to an electric piano screaming for its life under her relentless command. There was some serious fun erupting in the room as Wendy tore up the tunes, with hands on fire, igniting the audience around her.
How would you describe your perfect day?
Walking in the woods with my sweetie and playing music in the afternoon, then recording a new song with my favorite musicians.
Best song you ever written and why?
If I could just
Truth, it connects to people, would very much love to have Bonnie cover it.
Upon further delving, this answer can change depending on my state of mind.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
What mistakes? That's improvisation.
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
Messing around with the blues, Memphis slim.
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
Playing the piano, hiking through the woods or gardening. I'm a science nerd so if I wasn't in music if have been a scientist.
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
Love more, inspire more, be more self disciplined, play more international festivals where I can make friends from all over the world.
Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
In Italy. Or Japan. Or Australia. Surrounded by brilliant wonderful creative fun people all dedicated to a peaceful and loving world.