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When the Los Angeles-based folk-pop group Bryndle released its self-titled debut album in 1995, it was the culmination of a two-decade-long dream.
Formed amidst Los Angeles' burgeoning folk-pop scene of the late 1960s, Bryndle was touted as a band with a very solid future. That promise, however, was never realized. Although they were signed by A&M and recorded what should have been their debut album in 1970, only a single, "Woke Up This Morning," was released. Frustrated by the experience, the band separated, with each member striking out on their own. All became highly successful. Karla Bonoff recorded several pop hits and collected a wall-full of gold albums. Her songs were covered by such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna and Lynn Anderson. Wendy Waldman also performed as a soloist, but her greatest successes came as a songwriter and record producer. Her songs were covered by more than 70 artists, including Vanessa Williams, Crystal Gayle, the Dirt Band, Don Johnson and Aaron Neville. The first woman producer to focus exclusively on country music, she oversaw albums by Suzy Bogguss, Jonathan Edwards, Matraca Berg and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Kenny Edwards, who had been an original member of the Stone Poneys, continued to work as a sideman and producer, working with such artists as Bonoff, Stevie Nicks, J.D. Souther and Don Henley. Andrew Gold went on to a successful career as a singer, songwriter, musician and producer. As a member of Linda Ronstadt's band in the 1970s, he wrote and arranged many hit tunes.
The reunion of Bryndle was first conceived in 1991. Their debut album, recorded in Gold's home studio, was released in August, 1995. In July 1996, Gold left the band and relocated to the East Coast. The current band features Bonoff, Waldman and Edwards accompanied by Matt Cartsonis on bass and Scott Babcock on drums.
In addition to touring as Bryndle throughout the United States and Japan and working on a forthcoming second group album, the members of Bryndle continue to be active on their own. After the re-release of Bonoff's 1986 album New World, she and Edwards toured Japan in 1997. In addition to releasing a Greatest Hits collection, Waldman performed several solo shows in southern California. ~ Craig Harris
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