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 audiences in 2011 and 2012 in a packed Fiddlers Crossing will attest. She keeps the audience enthralled with her humor, her beautiful voice, and her instrumental virtuosity.
Wendy Waldman will perform at Fiddlers Crossing for the third time on Saturday, November 11, 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.
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 regularly. Clearly for Wendy Waldman, the best is yet to come!
Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously- working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of Grease, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979’s Desire Wire, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight.
In 1980’s, Cindy took time off to raise her children. In the 1990’s she had success in Nashville writing with some of Country’s hottest songwriters including Matraca Berg, Radney Foster, Kye Fleming, Mary Ann Kennedy, Al Anderson, and Bill Lloyd, including the 1994 Country hit “Hammer and Nails” written with and recorded by Radney Foster.
Then in March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe.
With that release, Cindy received worldwide attention from press, radio, and television, including NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, Conan O’Brien Late Night, The New York Times, People Magazine, Rolling Stone and many more. The CD also received the Best Rock Album award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association.
Cindy’s next CD, released in 2001- Neverland, was co-produced by Cindy and Steve Earle’s Twang Trust partner, Ray Kennedy. Once again, Cindy’s friends make appearances on backing vocals -this time featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and John Hiatt. Her 2005 album, dream #29, was again co-produced with Ray Kennedy and includes the rollicking piano playing of pal Sir Elton John on the title track, and a bluesy, down-home duet with Delbert McClinton, and a vocal appearance by Boston Red Sox great Tim Wakefield. Her 2010 CD, “Howling Trains and Barking Dogs” is a tribute to her Nashville co-writing days in the 1990’s, compiling her best songs from that period. Her co-writers include Al Anderson, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Wendy Waldman, and Matraca Berg.
In 2007, Cindy formed the upstart and uprising super-trio The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. These three artists have been tearing it up together across North America. Their first CD Unbound was released in 2009 and their second CD THREE in 2012. The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles—to be released some time in 2016.
In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. He stepped back from the public eye to go through the process until this year, re-emerging as Cidny Bullens.
Cidny is now performing his one person show Somewhere Between: Not An Ordinary Life, which premier ed in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016. The show has since been performed in New York, Nashville, and Maine twice in 2016. Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe again in January and February of 2017—-with upcoming shows this year in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Newburyport, MA, Portland, ME, Anchorage, AK. Cid continues to book the show wherever and whenever possible.