Songwriter and Musician
Growing up in the north breeds independence. With little or no resources, people had to be creative, including entertaining themselves. Any self-respecting northerner could sing and play along to at least one of the classic Country and Western songs coming out of CHAK Inuvik. It was a right of passage to sing Merle Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home," or Hank Williams' "Your Cheating Heart." Dennis has recorded two CD's of original music, Wayward Son, a twelve song collection of original songs is an homage to the roots music he grew up with, and Sonny Crow, a nod to his blues heroes. Dennis sings and plays with the emotion and purity of classic performers from a different era. Click the links to listen.
"One of the my highlights from the 2011 Dawson City Music Festival"
Tim Huss, Canadian Songwriter
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Dennis singing his original song, "I'm just a carpenter" with Yukon legend Kevin Barr doing the harmony. Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, NWT.
I grew up a dreaming, of being a cowboy. But I'd never actually ever met a cowboy, nor had I ever had ridden a horse. But I knew trappers. Cause my dad was one, and my uncle was one, and I was one. So I wrote a song about trappers. An original song with rare footage from the great Bern Will Brown.
"Old Robert Johnson," original song off of album Sonny Crow. Backed by the Hellhounds; Juno nominated drummer Big Ed White, Juno nominated producer Bob Hamilton, and bassist Adam Cripps in Whitehorse Yukon.
An electric version of Redskin Indian Dirt Road Reservation Blues off of my CD Wayward Son. Here I am jamming with Canadian slide guitar legend David Essig at the 2011 Dawson City Music Festival. Excuse the sound quality. But it shows the intensity of the blues, and why I love the genre so much.