It was three years in the making, but Will Wardwell has finally released his album, Across the Mountains.
“It’s been probably three years since I started. Things moved along slowly, and then I put the whole thing on the shelf to do another CD with some other friends in Spillamacheen,” said Wardwell. “It’s great to have it done, now I can start another one.”
Wardwell had a lot of help with Across the Mountains, which was recorded in town at Bill Noble’s studio.
John Cronin played the guitar and Mike Garner lent his talents on the stand-up base. Nick Petrowich and Branden Winterholt from Willhorse can also be heard on the album, as well as Ken Chilibeck on drums, and Jeff Moss on the cello.
But probably the greatest contribution came from Wardwell’s late wife, who passed away during the recording of the CD. The album is dedicated to Dorothy, who was one of the musician’s greatest supporters.
“She actually sings one of the songs on the album. I managed to get her to do it, she was a little reluctant,” he said.
Wardwell has been playing music since he was a teenager, and has been playing live in the area since .
“We used to play at the old Golden Lodge and Arms, they’re both gone now,” he said. He played mainly covers in those days as well.
“I had some ideas for songs, but they weren’t that well received at the time. So we played the standard dance hall songs.”
Admittedly more into rock and roll in his younger years, Wardwell takes a softer approach with this album, calling his sound “old time music” with strong folk influences. Eight of the tracks are originals, with three covers to round out the CD.
On Dec. 11 there will be a CD release party held at the Wolf’s Den at 7 p.m. The CDs will be on sale, and Wardwell has invited some of his collaborators to come out for a performance.
“I’ve got pretty much all the guys who played on the CD lined up to come and play,” he said.
The CDs are also going to be available at Moon River Gift Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Golden.