Dennis Wilson
“guitarist, singer and songwriter Dennis Wilson, whose CV goes back to the 70’s with Kahvas Jute and later Chariot, one of Australia’s most tasteful and understated “guitar heroes,” and certainly the most unsung, is back.”
“a great slice of contemporary rock groove, which isn’t a million miles from the legacy of those early years without sounding dated.” - Michael Smith, The Drum Media.
“Dennis Wilson has been regarded as one of Australia’s premier guitarists...subtle, melodic, languid...Wilson makes the playing seem so effortless. And you just wish it could go on forever.” - Chris Spencer, Collectormania Magazine.
“Wilson cemented his reputation as one of the country’s most important guitar players. The other members acknowledged Wilson’s expertise by dubbing him “The Wizard.” - Ian McFarlane, The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop.
Dennis Wilson is a part of Australian music history, from his earliest 1960’s recording sessions with the Bee Gees, to progressive rock legends Kahvas Jute. Then to Chariot, followed by a solo album “Walking On Thin Ice,” recorded in the USA. Dennis was also lead guitarist for Swanee, and has recorded with many top artists as a session guitarist. These include Olivia Newton-John, Swanee, Steve Gilpin (Mi-Sex), Jump Back Jack, Air Supply, Alan Caswell, Mark Holden, The Bee Gees, Kahvas Jute, Chariot, Electric Pandas, Screaming Tribesmen, Ol’ 55, and a great deal more.
Dennis was also a music composer for Steve Irwin’s Crocodile Hunter series for Discovery Television.
In 2004 Dennis recorded an acoustic CD entitled “Ain’t It Strange,” which has received many favourable reviews from newspapers, magazines and websites, and on its release was ABC Radio’s Australian CD of the week.
2006 saw the reformation of the legendary progressive rock band Kahvas Jute, featuring Dennis on lead guitar and vocals, and the release of a new live concert DVD entitled “Then Again,” along with the recording of six new songs on a bonus CD called “The Quickening,” which was released through Warner Music to rave reviews. This led to an appearance on ABC TV’s “Live at the Basement,” which received an enthusiastic response nationally.
Kahvas Jute’s 1970 album “Wide Open,” which sells for up to $600 US in its original vinyl form, has also been released, re-mastered for CD by Dennis, on the Aztec Music label, and has also received great responses from international reviewers.
Dennis Wilson performs regularly with his band and as a solo acoustic artist, and is also a member of Kahvas Jute. He is a genuine musical force, and a part of Australia’s music heritage. See and hear him play soon!