Wildwood began as a classic-country cover band playing "just for fun," with a different line-up of musicians than the band has in place now, except for original members Tanyss Nixi and Dave Johnston. The band played all the greats (Faron Young, Patsy Cline, Hank Sr., Hank Jr., Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Buck Owens, Carl Perkins, Kitty Wells, George Jones, Webb Pierce, Ray Price, Tom T. Hall etc.) at community rodeos, 85th birthday parties, agricultural fairs, cowboy festivals, charity fundraisers, acreage parties, you name it. Hundreds of songs were learned and performing skills were honed. With an arsenal of new original songs, a new line-up and a new album, Wildwood is nothing like it was in the beginning-but Tanyss and Dave benefited enormously from the experience as performers. Who are Wildwood? Country music was an unexpected perfect fit for vocalist/songwriter Tanyss Nixi, partly due to a childhood spent in the "Canadian Texas," and partly because her style, range and writing just come out that way these days. Tanyss has released three independent albums, starting out as alt-rock but gradually morphing back into a country artist. She has performed at national showcases such as North by North East in Toronto, the Western Canada Music Awards in Vancouver and the Much Music Unplugged/Stage 13 showcase in Edmonton to name a few. She has opened for Alejandro Escovedo, Julianna Hatfield, Sarah Harmer. Tanyss' albums received glowing reviews from local and national print media such as Chart Attack, Exclaim, FFWD, Edmonton Journal and The Georgia Straight, and charted on campus and community radio stations across Canada. Wildwood lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter "Fat Dave" Johnston spent his formative years in various punk/surf/rockabilly bands, but was most notably the front man and lead guitarist for The Fat Dave Crime Wave, college radio darlings the Fuzz Kings, and his recently formed rockabilly band The Confusionaires. Dave has released several albums and toured extensively in Western Canada. From early punk rock roots to traditional country, blues, and rockabilly Dave is an ever-expanding writer and performer in his own right. Dave hits the stage with supercharged electricity and skill and contributes his own thoughtful, melodic, well-crafted songs. Chemistry, presence, strong vocals and the ability to engage an audience make Tanyss Nixi and Dave Johnston a formidable pair. Recent additions to the band drummer Scott Lingley (from the acclaimed Alberta bands Old Reliable, Pal Joey, Minstrels on Speed) and bassist Mitch Diesel (bassist with an epic history in a Christian prog-rock band that toured the US and Europe, you should ask him about it some time) provide a rock-solid, creative, polished percussive backdrop. Wildwood is ready to pounce on the Country (Outlaw, Alternative) music scene with their first original self-titled album, recorded at Sound Extractor by Stew Kirkwood (Juno Award Nominee for Best Producer) in Edmonton, AB. The album is set for release in November 2017.

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