““Heart Worn Sleeve” is an aptly titled, impressive blues/folk album from B.B. Wolfe. THe CD also showcases the Goldmine Pickers, who bring a slight country flavor to the album as well. The album is stripped down, relying solely on purely acoustic instruments – guitar, banjo, violin, and accordion – to back his sad, storytelling lyrics. Wolfe’s lyrics portray a sense of longing, of lost love, of sorrow and sadness, and are the most defining quality of the album. His raspy vocals combined with his folk sound, reliance on acoustic instruments, and longing lyrics, should remind the listener of the classic Dylan album, “Another Side of Bob Dylan.” The recording quality is very good as well. Wolfe longs for what could have been on the track “Something Tells Me It’s Not True” when he sings, “I’ve been holding onto this old guitar/I should have been holding you.” “Heart Worn Sleeve” is an excellent album that displays B.B. Wolfe’s powerful storytelling.”
"Every so often one witnesses a small wonder. When suddenly you hold a musical gem in your hand, not knowing where the brilliance comes from. Is it the sensitive voice, serene and settled as if the heart is broken? Is it the atmospheric accompaniment of the Goldmine Pickers with fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo? Is it the lyrical texts that the melodies center around? Perhaps it is everything at once, but it is especially the singing style with the compelling voice of B.B. Wolfe whose feeling lie under fragile songs. As a poetic singer-songwriter, he writes heartbreaking songs that recalls what Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Eric Andersen and Eric Taylor when they were in a melancholy
“This sophomore album from local artist b.b. wolfe is sure to take root in the heart of anyone who likes authentic folk music. With a voice that expresses the grit of emotion, the poetry found in these nine b.b. wolfe songs explores a host of themes from love and lament to the artist's views on society. The lyrics are thoughtful and complex, and the music is a multilayered feast of acoustic sound. Performing on the album with b. b. wolfe , are the Goldmine Pickers, who add their meticulous bluegrass sound. The album begins on a sweet and somber note, with "Homespun Memories." The noteworthy "Winthrop's Lament" examines outdated thinking and a boy's perceptions of his father, and the title track, "Heart Worn Sleeve," rounds out the disc with evocations of darker Dylan. Voted Michigan's Folk Live Favorite of 2008 and recepient of RadioIndy's Gold Artist Award, "Heart Worn Sleeve" is fast-becoming a favorite in the indie scene.”
South Bend Tribune/INMichiana
"b.b. wolfe's debut album "A.K.A." is a road trip through a landscape of fear, sadness, hope, and triumph. It makes you want to hop a freight train and explore the possiblilites of the world. This is traveling music. Not your typical country album, b.b.'s vocals are a mix between Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan. The lyrics are poetic and poignant. They strike a chord with the listener's soul- from the part that feels despair, to the part that still has hope. From the song "Broken Ladder" to "And All" the listener is treated to an album that feels both comfortable and familiar. Like a great work of art, the guitar paints the broad strokes, while the dobro, steel guitar, and harmonica add the details that make this album rich and layered. Reminiscent of country music before it went pop, this is music to live by."
Carrie Smith - South Bend Tribune
South Bend Tribune
author: Tom Conway - Freelance Writer
“Heart Worn Sleeve,” singer/songwriter B.B. Wolfe’s sophomore album, is a triumph. The nine songs, all written or co-written by Wolfe, deal with the writer’s introspective view of himself and society. Much of it is moving. Wolfe remains within the traditional folk idiom, with suggestions of Dylan. The members of the superb Americana band, Goldmine Pickers – wisely chosen by Wolfe to support him – offer colorful instrumentation, but it is Wolfe’s words and phrasing that justify repeated listening. The mysterious Wolfe – the cover art only presents a fly-on-the-ceiling view of the singer – reveals even more layers of his talent than his excellent debut, “A.K.A.” A must-have for any serious admirer of good music.”
South Bend Tribune
“The song pearls spread like snow crystals to a frozen window, like the longing “Will I”, vulnerably presented, or the melancholy drawlingly sung “Broken Promises/Shattered Dreams”, that sounds bluesy and almost orphaned. The song “Clothesline Blues” comes across as a wordless cry for help of a lonely soul and in “Antigone’s Lament (Tina’s Song)” the sorrow is loaded with broken and unfulfilled dreams. It is mostly Wolfe’s melancholy heart wrenching style of singing that evokes images, like Kris Kristofferson, Jim Page, Eric Andersen, Nick Drake or Fred McDowell are capable of.
Again this lyric and sentimental, sincere songwriter has, five years after his “Heart Worn Sleeve”, created an album that speaks to the imagination with nine atmospheric “miniature paintings” captured in melodic lines with each a specific light fall of which it is difficult to tear yourself away from.”