Solo country artist Dennis Whitty
began his career in the late 1970s. A string of releases & and consistant performing thru to the late 80s made him a regular draw on the Ontario circuit. By the late 80s, he had assembled a backup band ('Wheatstone Bridge') that garnered him & the band serious attention, & set in motion a curious chain of events. Having tired of the band name, the group presented the alternate title, 'Bushwacker'
, to Dennis while on tour in Northern Ontario. It stuck. And as it typically goes, within a few months, the band members eventually moved onto other things.
By the end of 1990, as it happened, two of the original Bushwackers, Skip Layton
& Jef Leeson
, had taken up work yet again with Dennis, along with the very young guitarist Mark Mcdonell
. Based out of Ottawa, Dennis and the group toured constantly, quickly jelling their show & sound. As it happened, & initially for personal use only, the final 2 nights of a 6 night gig at Kingston's Rodeo Roadhouse
were recorded live to 2-track. These recordings caught the attention of Dennis' management, & a release was quickly negotiated. The result: the covers cassette tape, 'Wanted: Live'
, & the kick off of Chancellor Music
. The tape sold very well over the course of the next 2+ years, so much so that fans began requesting a re-issue years later. Fitting, then, that Chancellor will do just that in summer 2016 to celebrate: Wanted: Live - 25th Anniversary Special Edition