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Dayton, Ohio - March 1, 2017

On March 1, the South Park Tavern in Dayton, Ohio... March 2, Taffy's in Eaton, Ohio, March 7, Ladder 11, Dayton Ohio.  

A Place in My Heart - October 21, 2016

 

There's a place in my heart, and although we're apart, we can still be together sometimes.

For better or worse, it's a blessing, it's a curse, it's you every morning right here on my mind.

I know that it's true, it's always been true, and if we were together right now,

There'd be peace in my soul instead of this cold, cold shoulder I'm feeling right now.

So shame, shame on me for what I didn't see, what a fool would have known all along

But love doesn't know, it comes and it goes...  sometimes it goes and it's gone.

Once it is true it will always be true and if you were beside me somehow

There'd be peace in my soul instead of this cold cold shoulder I'm feeling right now.  

I know it was real, we said it was real, and if we were together somehow

There'd be peace in my soul, instead of this cold cold shoulder I'm feeling right now

Heartsong CD on itunes - October 18, 2016

It started when Ian Tyson recorded Colorado Horses.  I was happy and proud of what he'd done, more proud of that song being recognized by one of Canada's great songwriters than of anything I'd ever done.

It was about that time that Willie Nelson and Judy Collins recorded "When I Go" by Dave Carter.  In a moment of fear and bravado, I asked Tracy Grammer, who was Dave's singing partner, to work with me on a recording.  I figured she'd smile and patronize me for a minute and say no but she did not.  She said, and I'm gonna quote here, cause it was a very cool maybe...  she said  "Oh, I'm saying yes to just about everything these days."  Just about means almost.  Then she wrote that she gets soaring vocals from Jim Henry's studio in Shutesbury, Mass., and Jim said "We'll get her done."   When he said that, I believed; there was just something about the way he said it.  That was in July of 2015, right about the time I started losing weight stressing over what I was gonna do next...  I mean I hadda come up with a concept, some songs, a cover and a title for the project, some songs, some money to get it done, some songs, and then Don said sure, we can schedule the studio for February, Tracy and Jim can have the whole month to do their parts, and as long as you've got the songs, we'll do it.  So we did.  Tracy and Jim, all the way in Massachusetts, did an amazing thing with Don Richmond and Evelyn Roper and with me.  It's a silly thing, singing for money, but nobody ever gets enough of it, and it's no picnic recording, at least not for me.  Recording is permanent, and has to be treated that way.  Heartsong was the name of the project, and it worked for me from the beginning.  We invoked the name of Johnny Cash and I rattled every ju ju bone I could find searching for the way.  Colorado is a wonderful incredible place to live, and I hope the music tells that story.  We finished the vocals on February 29th. It was a huge supermoon.  Don finished the instruments and mixing and mastering in the spring.  We got the first run of CD's in June, but I didn't want to put it on itunes until I had the summer to sell a few and get some reactions.  It's more Colorado than cowboy... but that's just me...  I wrote eight of the thirteen songs, and when I hear the harmonies I know they came straight outta heaven.   From the day we finished this CD, I knew I was going to sleep better for the rest of my life.  I did what I wanted, even though I didn't know what it was I wanted to do.  All good.

itunes started selling it the other day.  

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