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Coast To Coast Closeup – Wave 21

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July 17, 2020 at 9:15 am - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.

Wave 21 is a Country-Rock band headed by lead singer Mary-Lynn Doroschuk, the daughter of Stefan Doroschuk, from Men Without Hats fame, who produced their debut self-titled album.

WAVE 21’s latest single called THE LAST THING ON MY MIND and is a cover of an early song by Tom Paxton. This classic song has been covered by many great artists in the past, one of which is Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers who is from Tipperary Ireland, and Mary-Lynn’s Irish heritage (on her mother’s side) is from Tipperary as well!

The single, like their first album, was also mastered at Georgetown Masters in Nashville, to give the song that classic country sound. Wave 21 also hooked up with Kim Deschamps (Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo) through the local Montreal music scene, and asked him if would play lap steel on their new single adding a true country feel.

Hailing from a hotbed of Country music, Montreal, Wave 21 has been busy in the studio recording new songs and now have enough new material to make their second album from which there are many more new singles to be released. Promising pure Country songs mixed with some rockin’ Country vibes, makes for the melodic mix of lush harmonies and artful power that is Wave 21.

As a bonus to their sound, Wave 21 is proud to announce that Mary-Lynn’s legendary father, Stefan, has officially joined the band. Their live performances are now even more impressive with Stefan’s incredible bass playing, truly making Wave 21 a band bursting with talent, while offering their fans an intergenerational mix of experienced and new and exciting talent. As Mary-Lynn puts it “my dad always told me that his dream was to retire playing bass in a country band and now I am so proud to make the dream happen for both of us!!”

The name Wave 21 comes from mid-70s, when Mary-Lynn’s father Stefan Doroschuk and two uncles formed a band for a high school show, which they called Wave 21, the precursor band to Men Without Hats. 

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