CHARLESTON POST & COURIER – JANUARY 27, 2011 Todd Wolfe Band Live (American Home) It's one thing to be a legend in your own mind, but when more established artists start to praise your talents, then perhaps you are on to something. Unless you are a hardcore blues fan, you probably haven't heard of Todd Wolfe. The New York-born musician has been playing guitar since the age of 13, and through the years has gained the respect of some pretty influential peers. Legendary guitarist Leslie West (Mountain) once said of Wolfe's talent, "There are very few guitarists I like better than myself; Todd Wolfe is one of them." John Popper of Blues Traveler said Todd Wolfe, "is like a phantom of rock and roll. He comes out of nowhere and the hex lasts for days." Sheryl Crow calls Wolfe, "one of the best guitarists I've ever played with." Listening to "Live," the new CD from the Todd Wolfe Band, you begin to see why folks are so cuckoo over this guy. Mixing an obvious love of blues artists such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Albert King with the more psychedelic sounds of guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Cream-era Eric Clapton, Wolfe and his band recorded the new live CD last summer under a full moon in Quakertown, Pa. The resulting set is nothing short of incendiary, with Wolfe, unleashing blues licks so complex, it sometimes sounds as if he is playing two guitars at once. "Live" has the potential to become one of those legendary live albums that folks listen to over and over. Even if that doesn't happen, it makes for some great listening right now. Key Tracks: "Ready For Love," "Cold Black Night," "Black Hearted Woman" - Devin Grant
FAME Review: The Todd Wolfe Band - Live Live The Todd Wolfe Band Available from The Todd Wolfe Band's web site. A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may or may not have heard of Todd Wolfe, the guy's been cruising the indies for years, but he comes nigh with rather impressive bona fides. The guy's first real group, Nitetrain, when he was only a few years out of high school, opened for such notables as Albert Collins and Dickey Betts. Then, when the 80s rolled around, he met and played with Carla Olson and the then-unknown Sheryl Crow. Carla went on to the Textones and work with Mick Taylor while Crow proceeded, as we very well know, to hit the big time. The Very Big Time. After her platinum Tuesday Night Music Club, the singer needed a lead player with pizzazz for tour gigs and remembered Wolfe. That started a 5-year weekend and saw him, Crow, and the band opening for Dylan, Page & Plant, The Eagles, the Stones, and so on. When the rather wondrous extended trip wound down, Wolfe got his own group together and toured Europe and elsewhere for a decade. I catch a lot of the rockier side of Steve Gibson in the gent, not to mention Rick Derringer, Ronnie Montrose, Rundgren, some Trower, and the blues-rock of Kim Simmonds and Warren Haynes. Thus, when Blues Revue Magazine cites Government Mule and Cream as RIYLs, they ain't kiddin', McGinty. Wolfe loves to let lose, so all the cuts here are long, one clocking in at 14:41, featuring generous solos, many of which crank up and head for the clouds before suddenly crashing back to Earth for more pensively trad licks, everything circa the Brit Invasion and halcyon days when dirty white blues stepped onto the stage after the Windy City's baddest actors inspired 'em. Cold Black Night, the third song in, gives the first really stretched out bucketful, but the trait repeats many times. Leslie West, the imposing figure after whom Mountain was named and one of the quintessential 70s guitarists, digs the hell out of Wolfe, and John Popper has more than a few good words for the gent as blues mags likewise rave the cat from here to Tejas and back. Had this ensemble played the Whiskey back in the day, they would've stirred up a buzz alongside Manna, Trapeze, Randall's Island, Bush (Dom Troiano's outfit, not the latter-day hard rockers), Cactus, and other power trios and quartets whose work never received the status so roundly deserved. Thus, for young'uns wanting to hear what that era really sounded like, and dinosaurs aching to fondly recall cherished lost years, The Todd Wolfe Band Live is a sonic drug, not a CD, and a rocking' one at that. Shame, that 14+ minute song I mentioned earlier, nails the closing of this 80 minute disc to the tiles. Track List: · Ready for Love (Todd Wolfe) · Crowded in my Soul (M. Lee) · Cold Black Night (Todd Wolfe) · Beg Forgiveness (Wolfe / Bryan) · Gates of Heaven (Wolfe / Bryan) · Roll Over (Wolfe / Bryan) · Black Hearted Woman (Wolfe / Bryan) · Silver Blue (Wolfe / Hunter / Bryan) · Change will Come (Todd Wolfe) · Shame (Wolfe / Bryan) Edited by: David N. Pyles (email@example.com)
BLURT – 1/10/2011 Todd Wolfe Band - LIVE (American Home Entertainment) www.Americanhomemeent.com The Todd Wolfe Band is neither your run of the mill bar band nor a true progressive power trio, although at first glance they may profess to be both. A good portion of their back catalog was recorded live in concert, but Wolfe's forte emphasizes precision as much as it does spontaneity. With a resume that dates back 30 years and an early association with Sheryl Crow, he's garnered an experience and expertise that reflects ample opportunity to sharpen his skills. Consequently, the band's latest album should please both purists and those that appreciate unbridled arrangements and a fiery presentation. While there is little attempt to embellish their basic blues regimen, Wolfe and company do pay homage to some notable predecessors. "Roll Over," for example, brings to mind the no-holds barred slide guitar revelry of Led Zeppelin, while the funky "Change Will Come" offers more than a hint of Hendrix, particularly in its rephrasing of "Voodoo Child." That said, the Todd Wolfe Band is a group that's best seen live in order to fully appreciate their prowess. Happily though, this robust set offers more than a hint of Wolfe's impressive roar DOWNLOAD: "Roll Over," "Change Will Come" - LEE ZIMMERMAN
PHOENIX BLUES SOCIETY – BLUESBYTES – FEBRUARY 2011 THE TODD WOLFE BAND – LIVE If the words “power trio” were in the dictionary, it would be accompanied by a picture of The Todd Wolfe Band. With their latest release, Live (American Home Entertainment), Wolfe and bandmates Roger Voss (drums) and Suavek Zaniesienko (bass) show the results of almost constant touring over the past two years with one of the most impressive live performances captured on disc in quite some time (a DVD is also available). Like many blues artists before him, Wolfe was first enthralled by the musicians that were part of the British Invasion of the 60’s, before he moved to the blues artists that inspired his favorite guitarists. He paid his dues for a number of years, plugging away with various bands, opening for acts like Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Dickey Betts, and the Neville Brothers, before hooking up with Sheryl Crow and serving as her guitarist for nearly five years. After leaving Crow, Wolfe started over, forming his own group, which he has fronted for ten years. Live is a dazzling set of original tunes, recorded in Quakertown, PA last summer. If you were a fan of the late 60’s blues/rock monsters like Mountain, Cream, or even the Allman Brothers, this is the disc for you. Some of the highlights include the eight-minute-plus slow blues, “Cold Blue Night,” “Beg Forgiveness,” a rocker which opens with a classic Hubert Sumlin “Killin’ Floor” riff, and the other-worldly “Gates of Heaven,” with Wolfe’s shimmering lead guitar. A pair of tunes steers toward the psychedelic days, “Black Hearted Woman” and “Change Will Come,” while the slow rocker “Silver Blue” sizzles. The closer, “Shame,” is fourteen minutes of blues/rock heaven….the band doing what it does best, and it’s a perfect send-off to a great disc. Wolfe is dynamite on guitar, while Zaniesienko and Voss are an incredibly tight rhythm section. They also provide excellent background vocals on most of the tracks. Blues rockers will absolutely have to have this one in their collection. The Todd Wolfe Band’s Live is as good a blues/rock disc as you will hear this year. - Graham Clarke
http://guitarinternational.com/wpmu/2010/12/13/todd-wolfe-band-releases-new-cd-and-dvd/ Todd Wolfe Band Releases New CD and DVD Posted in: Classic Rock, Feature Stories, Frontpage, News, Rock Guitar NewsTags: Jeff Beck, Jimmi Hendrix, Jimmy Page -- By: Staff American Home Entertainment announces the release of two special projects from The Todd Wolfe Band: The Todd Wolfe Band Live DVD coming November 23; and a companion live CD set for release on January 11, 2011. Both new releases were recorded live under a full moon one night this summer at McCoole's Arts Place in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, in front a wildly appreciative audience and showcases The Todd Wolfe Band in all its blues-rockin' glory, wailing on 11 tracks of original songs on the CD that have become fan favorites over the course of six previous albums. The live DVD features four additional songs from the Pennsylvania show, four songs filmed in Germany, and a host of bonus features, including a hidden interview, photo gallery and free MP3 downloads. Guitarist/singer Todd Wolfe's music is deeply rooted in the blues origins of artists such as B.B., Freddy and Albert King, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy, but amped up to 10 with an energy level that recalls guitar superstars like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Leslie West, Peter Green and Jeff Beck. In addition to his incendiary guitar work, the new CD/DVD also shines a spotlight on Wolfe's extraordinary songwriting, which while true to its influences, carves its own path as original and powerful. With Roger Voss on drums and Suavek Zaniesienko on bass, The Todd Wolfe Band has developed as a major road band, with constant touring in the past two years both in the U.S. and overseas. Todd Wolfe was born and raised in Forest Hills, New York, and got his first guitar at age 13. Through a succession of early bands and now with his own group, he's become a guitarist of immense power and passion, capable of captivating audiences with his intense, yet melodic, playing. During his formative years, he opened shows for such artists as Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower and The Neville Brothers. In the `80s, he also met and played with both Carla Olson of the Textones and Sheryl Crow, who when she needed a band to tour after the success of her debut multi-platinum-selling album Tuesday Night Music Club, asked Todd to be her lead guitarist. Over the course of the next five years, Todd played with Sheryl Crow in her band, touring world-wide on concert stages with such legends as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Robert Plant/Jimmy Page and Elton John. Now, with his own band and releasing his new CD and DVD, Todd Wolfe is front and center, and the critics have been paying attention. Blues Revue said of The Todd Wolfe Band, "Their sound recalls bands like Gov't Mule and Cream." And Hittin' the Note magazine described the band thusly: "Imagine some power trio mixed into a Texas blues foundation and overlaid with trippy psychedelia – that's the essence of Wolfe's music." With the release of The Todd Wolfe Band Live on CD and DVD, fans everywhere can hear and see what everyone's been talking about – the pure, unadulterated power of a band in its prime. ****** ****** The Todd Wolfe Band Live DVD Set List 1. Ready For Love 2. Crowded in My Soul 3. Cold Black Night 4. Beg Forgiveness 5. Gates of Heaven 6. Black Hearted Woman 7. Heaven 8. Silver Blue 9. Got To Get Better in a Little While 10. Roll Over 11. On The Run 12. Change Will Come 13. Love Gone Bad 14. Shame 15. Oh Well Fehmarn (Germany) Concert 1. On The Run 2. Beg Forgiveness 3. East of You 4. Heaven SPECIAL FEATURES: Additional song: "If This is Love" with Mary Hawkins from McCoole's Photo Gallery with music Free MP3 Downloads (3)
http://www.rootstime.be/ The Live CD is available at shows and will be released Jan 11 Dutch to English translation One year after his excellent "Stripped Down At The Palace Bang" (see previous reviews Rootstime) Todd Wolfe was there with a new CD, or "Live" called. Again we are committed to the same question he used in the previous discussion: why is that band in heaven but not the recognition in Belgium and the Netherlands that they do get in Germany? Actually on this edition is a Live DVD containing a total of almost two hours of his "house rockin 'blues stomping to see and hear. Unfortunately, we at this pre-release, the graphics are not authorized to receive and we must content ourselves with the videos circulating on youtube. And that is more than a mere consolation. Although nothing new under the sun, this collection of former Sheryl Crow guitarist again become an interesting piece. During his performances he wants more than ever a performance lasting three hours of it, everything on this release was limited to "more than one hours' steaming, steamy blues. This in the true sense of the word because the word "blues" is often wrongly used for music that explores the boundaries of hard rock and not really into the Rock and Roll label fits. Todd will get a sound you can still best described as a "Cream" in their best / hard years. Moreover, the man a great songwriter, guitarist and singer, something he abundance may / can demonstrate his "Cold Black Night", a Slower, here and there indebted to "Thrill is Gone" and where he insanely sublime his strings may plague to the delight of the enthusiastic audience. More than eight minutes or agresseert caresses his guitar in a truly masterful way. Was not Leslie West who said: "There are very few guitar players I like better than myself, Todd Wolfe is one of them"! The album is full of such sublime solo outings that always fit the songs but never artificially spun up to more than adult height herbs. Do not think you Todd Wolfe variations on the same theme gets! He goes up almost every issue firmly against it but there's so much diversity in his songs and guitar playing that you like blues starting groepje'rooie 'cheeks would get. The man has now also been several years now and ever growing as a songwriter and singer. A salute also to find his faithful companions Suavek Zaniesienko (bass) and Roger Voss (drums) which are to ensure that the sound of that Todd Wolfe Band, the best in this genre. Definitely to be contracted by the fans of this music and the organizers of blues / rock festivals! Bluesyluc
UK's Blues Matters Blues Matters issue #58 TODD WOLFE BAND Live Psychedelic Blues Listening to this assured Blues rock album, I was taken back to when Todd Wolfe first came to prominence as a guitarist in Sheryl Crow's live band of the mid-1990s, and played on the eponymous album that shot Crow to international stardom. Despite that exposure, his first love has always been psychedelic and jam-band Blues. Having relocated to California to be nearer his Crow's gigging work, he eventually gravitated back to the East Coast, and has been producing driving power trio Blues rock for some years. This album was recorded live at McCoole's Arts Place in Quakertown, Pennsylvania and in addition to Wolfe (guitars and vocals), the set features Suavek Zaniesienko on bass and Roger Voss on drums. Wolfe aluminates the set as a master of many techniques on his guitar, from funky wah-wah chops, to slide and some epic solo-ing. All the material is self or co-penned. Over seventy minutes of exciting live rock gives ample time and space for the band to stretch out and extemporize, particularly in the epic fourteen minute closing track Shame. The finest Blues track is Cold Black Night, where Wolfe adopts a growl to his voice and staccato runs and chops on his guitar, which capture all the essence of late 1960s Johnny Winter. - Noggin
http://a1artistspotlight.com/2011/01/18/177-todd-wolfe-the-todd-wolfe-band-live/ No lie, if you were able to have heard this CD back in the late 60’s early 70’s it would have fit in perfectly with what was going on with the Blues-Rock bands of the day. The Todd Wolfe Band Live CD is well over one hour long and includes a fourteen minute version of “Shame” that you will get to hear in this show. The DVD of The Todd Wolfe Band Live is even longer.
NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY – JANAURY 27, 2011 THE TODD WOLFE BAND - LIVE AMERICAN HOME ENTERTAINMENT READY FOR LOVE--CROWDED IN MY SOUL--COLD BLACK NIGHT--BEG FORGIVENESS--GATES OF HEAVEN--ROLL OVER--BLACK HEARTED WOMAN--SILVER BLUE--CHANGE WILL COME--SHAME Todd Wolfe, born and raised in the Forrest Hills area of Queens, New York, bought his first guitar at the age of thirteen. He was influenced by the Beatles, as well as Hendrix and the blues giants of the British Invasion, such as Clapton, Beck, and Peter Green. And, during Sheryl Crow's "Tuesday Night Music Club" success, Todd was hand-picked by her to play lead guitar in her touring band. That gig lasted for some five years, and after it was over, Todd went back to his first love, playing guitar in a "power trio." His current line-up consists of Suavek Zaniesienko on bass and Roger Voss on drums. Their latest release is "The Todd Wolfe Band Live," ten cuts recorded under a full moon in Quakertown, PA, in the summer of 2010. The set kicks off with the funky good times of "Ready For Love." Todd gets off some electrifying lead runs on the slow blues of "Cold Black Night," and again on the wah-wah heavy "Black Hearted Woman." The set closes with a fourteen-minute tale of lovers entangled in head games, "Shame." We had three favorites, too. "Crowded In My Soul" is a solid shot of roadhouse boogie, while Todd pulls out his acoustic slide for "Roll Over," the tale of a lover who "never leaves me hungry but I starve for more." And he uses the slide again to enhance the story of a man who heads down to New Orleans to find a different kind of love, "Silver Blue." On this live set, Todd Wolfe shows off his dazzling array of guitar chops, and the band conveys the power and energy they have worked to perfect over the last two years of non-stop touring. Wolfe even made the back cover of the latest issue of "Blues Revue," a sure sign of good things to come!!! Until next time...Sheryl and Don Crow.
http://www.americanaroots.com/2011/01/29/reviews/music/power-trio-fans-meet-the-todd-wolfe-band/ Power Trio Fans- Meet the Todd Wolfe Band Posted by Don Zelazny | Comments : Comments (0) Category : Music If you couldn't get enough Cream growing up or you go to sleep listening to Gov't Mule full blast then I have something you are going to like. Check out the new live disc from The Todd Wolfe Band. A dvd recording is also available. Perhaps you haven't heard of Todd Wolfe, but he has been around awhile, getting his start in NYC around 1979. He opened for a number of name acts, including Albert Collins, The Outlaws, Greg Allman, Johnny Winter, The Neville Brothers and Robin Trower. He later moved to LA and began perfoming with his blues trio as well as record soundtracks for the Playboy Channel!! (No word on if he garnered any acting credits on the channel). (Second Note: if any couples on the Playboy channel tried to keep up the energy and tempo of Todd's current music, it would be a SHORT episode, if you know what I mean…) Following this he joined Sheryl Crow's first touring band for 5 years. The present incarnation of the band has Todd on guitar and vocals, Suavek Zaniesienko on bass and backing vocals and Roger Voss on drums. Incidentally, Suavek is a classically trained bass player from Poland who has played in orchestras- no slouches here! They call what they do bluesadelic jamming- a very apt description! Many are the extended jams on the disc. If high energy power trio stuff is what you like, then here is a big helping. Most of the ten cuts on the cd were written by Wolfe. The dvd has over 2 hours of live US and European performances. Check him out at http://www.toddwolfe.com/