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There ain’t much else in the world like a live big blues band show – the combination of sights, sounds and pure aura are hard to match on any stage in any part of the world. It goes without saying, if you haven’t seen a big blues show; you should probably start looking around. And if you’re in Tallahassee, well then you’re in luck. The areas #1 blues act is also #3 in the country, and considered the eighth best blues outfit in the entire world – I’m talking about none other than the Wailin’ Wolves Band, a collective consisting of “Wailin'” Bert Calderon, Tracy Yacobellis, "Slim Shaw" From, Jay Schwartz, Robert Bloodworth, Bob White and the occasional guest appearance from Shawn Scott and "BB" Bryant Williams.
Band leader Calderon formed his style from his upbringing in Chicago, a city with a well-documented history of blues mastery. His band brings a true blend of musical tastes, ranging from recent college grads to a drummer that’s 78 years old! Their sound is so original because, according to Bert “we do our own unique arrangements to a lot of the songs and have a wide variety of music spanning 3 or 4 genres but still have a unique blues feel and sound. What makes us stand out is the mix of instruments and having a female lead vocalist w/ 3 lead instruments - guitar, harp and keys.” You gotta check out this live band sound for yourself!
Check out the schedule, but before that, keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.
XXQs: The Wailin' Wolves Band
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?
I feel like our sound is unique because we do our own unique arrangements to a lot of the songs and have a wide variety of music spanning 3 or 4 genres but still have a unique blues feel and sound. What makes us stand out is the mix of instruments and having a female lead vocalist w/ 3 lead instruments - guitar, harp and keys.
PEV: Calling Thomasville, Georgia home, what kind of music were the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
My first big concert was in 1966 in New York where my band at that time opened for The Young Rascals followed by a number of gigs opening for The Blues Project and Butterfield Blues Band in numerous clubs in The Village in NYC. The members of our current band are living either in Thomasville, GA. or Tallahassee, FL. Jay, the keys man, and I were raised in New York between Queens and Long Island. I was born in Chicago, Illinois. The drummer was raised in New York and moved to FL. about 10 years ago. He was a professional jazz drummer in the Musicians Union in New York for 40 years and has played behind some of the jazz greats and in studio work. The bass player has been playing about 15 years and can play bass or guitar. I have been playing since 13 yrs old and have played live since I was 14 years old.
PEV: What do you think of mainstream music today – as in what’s being played on the radio?
I think that there are good and bad things to the industry right now. CD sales and record sales have dropped tremendously due to the internet so it seems much harder to get a recording contract with a major label and that seems to be the only way to get major air play on major stations. But on the other hand more musicians are able to get their music out there because of internet marketing than ever before and because of sites like reverbnation, sonic bids, you tube, and iTunes, etc.
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
My inspiration comes from my heart in combination with my creativity, mind and soul. I was inspired most by the bands of the 60's and 70's that I grew up listening to and play mostly in the style of that era with a new twist. My best ideas for songs come from jams with our band. We can write a lot of stuff right there and then. FULL STORY AT : https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=329790790382022
The Wailin’ Wolves Band is rapidly becoming one of the most popular and called for bands in the N. Fl./ S. Ga. area. They have moved up quickly on the charts on Reverbnation web site(the #1 site for musicians in the country), currently at #1 in Tallahassee, Fl. and Thomasville, Ga. and #49 in the nation in blues genre. They are a very versatile band playing Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, R & B, & Alternative, peppered with some awesome Originals. They will keep you up and dancing through the whole show.
Bert Calderon has been playing guitar since the age of 13. He grew up in Chicago, was raised in New York, went to college in Texas, lived in S. Fl. for 35 years until relocating up to S. Ga./ Tallahassee area in 2008. Soon after he met Shaw and joined The Wailin’ Wolves Band. Bert has number of years of guitar playing and has been in bands since the age of 15. He has opened up for and shared stages with the popular bands such as The Young Rascals, the Butterfield Blues Band, The Blues Project, Leslie West, Carmine Appice, Randall "Big Daddy Blues" Webster, Jeff Conaway, Spirit, and numerous others. He has played at the famous Cafe Wah and Cafe Au Go Go in the village, Cheers, Shelby and Ira's, Mr. Laffs, The Orange Bowl, Joe Robbie Stadium, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Corpus Christi Stadium, Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Southern Music Rising Festival, Bradfordville Blues Club, Earth Day Jam Tallahassee, Pridefest 2011, W.A.V.E. Benefit, Celebrate America Festival Tallahassee, Eddy Teach's Raw Bar, Six Shooter Saloon, American Legion Hall Post #13, Breakers Pub, Big Guns BBQ, Dux Liquors, The Plaza Restaurant and Lounge, Shooters Billiards, Boston’s On The Beach, Memories Blues Club, The Covey Lounge, numerous clubs in Fl and NY, and college campuses, amongst many other well-known stages. He has written and recorded a number of songs and plays bass, lead and rhythm guitar and sings backup vocals as well. He has been in bands since his younger years and is a seasoned performer who often does band management, booking, organizing, and performance set up.
Melissa Ann Wood is an experienced vocalist and songwriter with a great vocal range and energetic stage presence. She adds a great dimension to our music. Her vocal style is unique and she has created her own definitive sound. Melissa can go from soft and sweet to bluesy and raspy. Her dedication and great love for music motivates the band to great heights of achievement and musical expertise.
Matt Simpson is an experienced singer and songwriter, having played on many stages and has been a very active philanthropist, playing for many great causes. He adds an acoustic/ Americana style to the band and is the founder of Simpleman Music/ The Bruised Grass Band. Internationally known Matthew Warren Simpson, Georgia born in 1971 - Florida Native "Simpleman"© is a Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Music Producer and Sound Engineer, Humanitarian and Activist who has been in the Tallahassee, North Florida - South Georgia music scene for over 30 years. Owner of record label and studio, Simpleman Music, he has taken on a variety of cd productions including church projects and personal friends' passions.
Shawn Scott is a dynamic, versatile, thumpin' percussionist playing everything from rock to reggae, from blues to soul, and even gospel as well. He is by far one of the best drummers in N.Fl. / S. Ga area. We are proud to have him as a member of our band.
Curtis Salmon and Jerry Roberts hold up our bass needs. Both are experienced professionals and alternate gigs as availability dictates. They are both well-known musicians in the area and do an amazing job of giving us the sound we want from funky, driving bass to sweet blues to rock ‘n roll walks up and down the bass.
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!
We are a featured artist on Reverbnation for the week of May 24, 2011. What a great honor! Okay let's get our fan base built up to the max, Help us out and hit the "like" on FB, ONLY 58 MORE "LIKES" to hit 600. Join reverbnation and sign up on our fan-list! Thanks to all 4 ur support! http://www.reverbnation.com/wailinwolvesbluesband
I am mourning the death of a close friend I grew up with, my best friend, neighbor and band mate through High School in New York.We opened together for The Young Rascals,The Blues Project and The Butterfield Blues Band back in 1966.He pursued an acting career.His name is Jeff Conaway,renowned for his parts in Grease, Taxi, Babylon 3 and many others.Jeff you are and will be missed greatly. Way too young to leave us!! http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/05/27/jeff-conaway-dead-grease/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl2|sec1_lnk3|66673
The Wailin’ Wolves Band has undergone some big changes that we feel have taken us to a much higher level. First, we have joined forces with Demian Bell, International Touring and Recording artist, as his US Band. He has toured extensively in Europe for the past 8 years and has returned to the US to share his music in his home country once again.
Demian is a highly recognized musician known world over and has played with many of the biggest names in our era. He has an extensive discography and has written over 700 songs in every type of genre. We have trimmed our size to give us more sound control and for ease of traveling for our up coming US TOUR 2011. We are promoting in the US Demian's latest album "Live in Germany" by Wemo Records, Germany.We are currently playing as a 3 pce power trio and a 4-piece band with the addition of Slim Shaw on harmonica and vocals. We play smoking hot Chicago Style Blues infused with some incredible blazing guitar solos & lead vocals by Demian Bell, driving bass by Bert Calderon, and a powerhouse drummer, Shawn Scott, and when available, Slim Shaw on harp and vocals.
What about the Wailin’ Wolves?
The Wailin’ Wolves Band is a High energy show of smoking hot Chicago Style Blues infused with Rock, R & B, and originals. We include classic blues and rock songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. With a wide variety of favorites and originals, the band brings an exciting stage show with dynamic harmonica playing, sweet and blistering guitar solos, pumping bass, and energetic percussion. Voted as one of the Top 2 Blues/ Rock Bands in the Tallahassee/ South GA. area (Top 10% in the Nation). Listen or dance your socks off to the music you want to hear.
Their music includes covers of such artists as: Demian Bell, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvis Presley, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Delbert McClinton, The Beatles, Santana, The Animals, Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, The Blues Brothers, Booker T and the MG’s, Mitch Ryder, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, J Geils Band, Janis Joplin, Cream, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Credence Clearwater Revival, Ray Charles, The Zombies, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Standells, and The Kinks.
The Wailin’ Wolves keeps the party going with the most danceable blues and rock ever. Ready to go at a moments notice, we are able to travel anywhere in the US or abroad. We are available for concerts, festivals, clubs, private events, cruises, grand openings, or any other music oriented event. We are a band to be watched as we continue to build our fan base and promote our CD's. So join our fan base and receive news and fan specials. We love you all! Bluez4life!
“Always a party for a party.”
For Booking Contact @(229) 364-7129 or (850)321-5598 – ask for Bert or Shaw
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What about the Wailin’ Wolves?
The Wailin’ Wolves is a 6-piece dance band playing smoking hot Chicago Style Blues infused with Classic Rock/Pop songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. With a wide variety of favorites and originals, the band brings an exciting stage show with dynamic harmonica playing, sweet and blistering guitar solos, pumping bass, and energetic percussion. Voted as one of the Top 3 Blues/ Rock Bands in the Tallahassee/ South GA. area (Top 20% in the Nation). Listen or dance your socks off to the music you want to hear.
Their music includes covers of such artists as: Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Rivers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvis Presley, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Delbert McClinton, The Beatles, James Taylor, Santana, The Animals, Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, The Blues Brothers, Booker T and the MG’s, Mitch Ryder, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, J Geils Band, George Gershwin, Janis Joplin, Cream, Wilson Pickett, Credence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, The Zombies, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, The Doors, Elmore James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Searchers, The Standells, and The Kinks.
The Wailin’ Wolves.
“Always a party for a party.” For Booking Contact @(850)321-5598 or (229) 364-7129 – ask for Shaw or Bert http://wailinwolves.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/wailinwolvesband
Wailin Wolves live at Paradise Grill and Bar BLUES BASH FOR DIABETES at Paradise Grill & Bar The Wailin Wolves Blues band continue their BLUES BASH FOR DIABETES Series as they rock the clubs in Tallahassee and Thomasville with their dynamic Blues & Rock arrangements for a good cause. This band is a harmonica/ guitar led band featuring Slim Shaw and Yvette Scott on lead Vocals, Big Guns Bert on guitar, Phil the Pill on guitar, BB Bryan on bass and Thumper Sean on percussion. A DYNAMIC BAND AND AN ENERGY PACKED SHOW COUPLED WITH GREAT FOOD AND SPIRITS.AT THE PARADISE GRILL AND BAR IN TALLAHASSEE. Call for info 229 364-7129
We played three dynamic sets that kept everyone movin' and shakin'. We have a great up coming show this Sat 7/31 at ythe Paradise Grill and Bar in Tallahassee as part of our BLUES BASH FOR DIABETES Series as we strive to attain a goal to donate to the Diabetes Foundation
Don't miss our new shows. We just added A number of new covers on our song list. Please feel free to call us any time at 229 364-7129 for booking info or scheduled dates.
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