Keep the Light On
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Lord Keep the Light On
Everything That Glitters
Long White Cadillac
Something 'Bout Traveling
The Memory of Your Smile
Devoted to You
He Makes You Strong
John's Waltz to the Miller
Mike Munford, Ronnie Simpkins, Rickie
Simpkins, Wyatt Rice, Darol Anger
pure and compelling voice has enchanted audiences around the globe,
and her driving rhythm guitar has powered the sound of many a bluegrass
band including the popular Tony Trischka & Skyline and Grass,
Food & Lodging. As a teacher, she uses her profound knowledge of the
human voice and her inspiring and supportive manner to help amateurs and
professionals alike realize their vocal potential. Bluegrass Unlimited,
in a January 2001 feature article, said that Dedes gifts of
vocal virtuosity, musical expression, and sheer positive force of personality
have made her a valued presence in modern acoustic music. She is often
described as a singers singer.
Best known for her 8 year stint with Tony Trischka & Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass bands of the 1980s, Dede got her start in her native Wisconsin. In the 70s she honed her bluegrass skills by playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with a number of groups, including Grass, Food & Lodging, a young Milwaukee-based band with a large and devoted regional following. During her many years as a touring musician Dede graced the stage of Americas most prestigious bluegrass and acoustic music festivals, and has performed in Canada, Australia, France, England, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Sicily, Italy, Scandinavia and Japan. Radio listeners have heard Dede on the nationally broadcast shows A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and on Chicago's The Flea Market. Her national television appearances include two installments of The Nashville Network's Fire On The Mountain. Throughout the 1980s Dede was a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPGMA).
Since moving to Maryland in 1990, Dede has become one of the most sought-after vocal instructors in the Washington, DC, area. In addition to her full schedule of private lessons, she has taken her expertise to workshops and music camps from Tucson, Arizona, to Somerset, England. Her recordings and concert performances with the cream of Washingtons bluegrass players earned her the Washington Area Music Associations Wammie awards for 1999 (Female Bluegrass Vocalist) and 2004 (Bluegrass Vocalist).