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Surviving a fatal automobile crash in January 2009 was a sign to me that our Lord had more for me to do on this Earth. After 6 months of rehabilitation and nursing, our lead guitarist, “Wailin’ Bert”, was finally able to begin once again the journey of spreading his talents with others and sharing music with other compatible players.
Opening a restaurant and lounge, intended as a blues and BBQ venue, he and his family embarked on this mission. It was here on a jam/ open mic night that he met “Slim Shaw” and Phil Sanders, the original founders of The Wailin’ Wolves Band. The sound clicked immediately and the band officially set up practices, web sites, and in a short period of time became a regular gigging band in the S.Ga./ N. Fl. area. Due to difficult economy and landlord neglect, the family decided in October 2010 to close the restaurant / lounge and “Wailin’ Bert” then began promoting and managing The Wailin’ Wolves on a full time basis, having nursed it through the growing pains of changed personnel and building the repertoire. Together Bert and Shaw have hung in there remaining dedicated to the mission of sharing their music and talents with others. 40,000 fans worldwide and growing is proof that their hearts telling them to continue on was correct.
The band comes from a diverse range of age and genre backgrounds to create their own original sound. A unique blend of modern hits, blues and rock classics, peppered with original compositions, they play a high energy show suitable for any age group, that will keep you dancing or toe-tapping the whole show. As one of our avid fans stated, “your grooves cut clean and hard through the genre clutter to grab my ears and soul".
With Bert Calderon and Shaw From leading the music, the Wailin' Wolves Band continues performing exciting shows with a great variety. Chicago bred and born, “Wailin’ Bert” Calderon brings his roots and style from the home of the blues, Chicago. He has been playing professionally since the age of 15 and spent his teen years in New York around some of the greatest artists of the era. He brings his experience as an accomplished guitar player, arranger, and songwriter to the Wailin' Wolves Band. Having shared stages with the likes of The Young Rascals, the Butterfield Blues Band, The Blues Project, Demian Bell, Randall "Big Daddy Blues" Webster, Jeff Conaway, Spirit, and numerous others, he brings his unique style, a blend of Chicago bluez, classic rock, and 60's / 70's rock, to his unique arrangements. He has played at numerous venues from FL to NY, college campuses, and many other festivals and well-known stages. He opened up for The Young Rascals in 1966 at Brooklyn Academy Of Music in NY, has written a number of songs and plays lead, rhythm, and bass guitar, pleasing crowds of all sizes.
“Slim Shaw” From was the original founder of The Wailin' Wolves band and plays a blistering blues harp and adds some very soulful vocals and harmonies. "Slim Shaw" has had the largest role in creating the Wailin' Wolves Band signature sound. His harp licks have excited audiences all over the country. He is always willing to share his music as he travels to different areas of the country. He is an integral part of the band and management with an exciting stage presence as he wails on harmonica and delivers soul shaking vocals. His love of the blues and classics shines through in his delivery on stage giving each show a unique experience. Exchanging leads between the harp and guitar evokes a great response from our audiences in every venue we play. He has been influenced by many of the blues greatest artists, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jr. Wells, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, and more. He plays with tremendous passion emanating his great love of blues and classic rock music. Shaw is a gifted artist who takes his playing and vocals very seriously as he continually strives to improve his skills, variety, and stage presence. He is very well known for his Mick Jagger moves and colorful moves on stage.
Our front woman, female lead vocalist, Mary Ann Dhanarajans, is a young mother and accomplished vocalist with vocal training and a phenomenal vocal range. She produces a high energy show with awesome vocal talent and stage presence. She also adds her singer/ songwriter talent to the band, adding her special influence on all our songs. Listen to her as she grows with The Wailin' Wolves Band, a great new rising star! Mary joins us as her schedule allows.
Dale Wester has taken over as our new drummer, with a solid “in the pocket groove” and incredible energy and syncopation keeping our rhythm section tight as a gnat, with a great mix of beats and captivating live showmanship.
Charlie McCall has multi-years’ experience on bass guitar. Plus he is the nicest, most congenial personality ever which is greatly appreciated by the band. We welcome his expertise and grooves to the band. He has played on numerous stages of all sizes and brings with him great experience and expertise.
The band has a great diversity in their music that helps create their sound making the Wailin' Wolves Band gain in popularity every show.
Every show we put in 110% and promise a high energy, rocking show!