Green Dress is the 2005 Juno nominated, WCMA nominated, and Aboriginal Music Award winning second album from First Nations singer songwriter Wayne Lavallee.
Wayne Lavallee both defines and transcends his genre at the same time. His music walks a path between Led Zeppelin and Robbie Robertson and rides a trail from rock anthems and country/folk storytelling to Aboriginal chants thousands of years old. All of this is delivered with Wayne's haunting melodic approach to create a contemporary take on old world Native mysticism. Green Dress is the followed up to his award nominated debut Liv Again.
Green Dress was produced by Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath) with Wayne Lavallee, mixed by audio guru Steven Drake (the Odds) and mastered at Sterling Sound-New York. Besides the talents of Wayne himself Green Dress features the Juno award winning Jesse Zubot and Steve Dawson, world renowned guitarist David Sinclair (Sarah McLachlan), vocalist Shakti Hayes and more. The songs themselves reflect Wayne's journey from the struggles of being brought up as a foster child right through to his rebirth of cultural ancestry and celebration. Ranging from the childhood memory beat musings of the title track to the gritty positivity of Breathe, the rock n roll Indian cowboy dreams of Dusty Warrior and on to the traditional
flute prayer of All My Relations, Green Dress is a music book you won't want to put down.
Wayne is from the Cree/Metis Nation; born in Vancouver, B.C. At the age of five Wayne received his first guitar & discovered his passion for music and singing. Through the influence of his Native culture, music and theatre, Wayne began to tour nationally as a singer/songwriter and actor. His dedication and passion for touring & live performance are the foundation for his emergence as an artist to watch out for.
The unique fusion of Wayne's folk/rock acoustic style with traditional Cree chanting has made this west coast artist an in demand performer and travels have seen him opening up for artists such as Academy/Juno award winning musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie, Susan Aglukark, Kashtin and many more.
With the release of Green Dress in March, Wayne Lavallee has arrived but his musical journey will continue. Please come along.
"I have listened to the album and its so good! "Sheryl MacKay NXNW CBC
"What sets this CD head and shoulders ahead of the rest is the compelling lyrics that give a nod to the traditional while placing the Indian in the modern context" | Windspeaker