For proof, pick up a copy of her new CD, CALL IT LOVE. Weldon shows
her range and depth as an artist, singing twelve numbers written by such
disparate talents as Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Sondheim, Kris
Kristofferson and Percy Mayfield. Weldon handpicked all the songs on
the CD--"choosing songs is like choosing a dress," she has said,
feels good on me, I sing it"--and also helped produce them, with
saxophonist John Stevens (who did most of the arrangements).
Mayfield's "I Dare You Baby" and "Strange Things Happening"
the CD in defiant-woman, salty-blues fashion, only to change gears
immediately on the yearning, gospel-like "Chilly Wind." Then
"Somewhere," from the Sondheim/Bernstein West Side Story, followed
countryish "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (Bob Dylan). Weldon then
impassioned renditions of more first-rate ballads--Springsteen's "Dancing
in the Dark," Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" and
"Always On My Mind," among others.
On each cut Weldon is backed up by a bunch of veteran musicians who
really know how to make her sound good: Stephens, drummer Washington
Rucker, trumpeter Charles Owens, bassist Carol Kaye and guitarist Terry
Evans (who contributes a lilting solo to Weldon's rendition of Eddie
Cleanhead Vinson's 1952 hit, "Person to Person").
Weldon also appeared recently at Lunaria's in W. Hollywood, where she
sang some of the numbers on CALL IT LOVE, plus a slew of others such as
Kristofferson's "Nobody Wins." Weldon shook up the room in her
fashion and was in splendid voice all night long, showing her astounding
range and musicality. She makes every song she sings unforgettably
Weldon spends a lot of time in Europe these days, touring with Linda
Hopkins in their "Wild Women Blues" revue and making solo club,
and TV appearances. If CALL IT LOVE clicks, perhaps we'll be able to see
more of her in the USA.