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About Todd Wolfe / Todd Wolfe Band
The Todd Wolfe Band recall the days when “men were men and amps were amps”, real tubes crackling with a “bluesdelic” sound reminiscent of the best rock and roll bands of the 60’s and 70’s! This band with Roger Voss on drums and the stunning Justine Gardner on bass with former Sheryl Crow sideman, Todd Wolfe jams and rocks but their music is deeply soaked in blues. They have established themselves as one of top POWER TRIOS in America by their relentless touring and spreading their legend from coast to coast and beyond.
Todd Wolfe was born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, an area of New York City renowned for its musical diversity, with alumni ranging from Burt Bacharach and The Ramones to Leslie West and Simon & Garfunkel. Like most musicians of that time, the music bug really bit with the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and Todd’s fascination with the sounds emanating from the guitars of George Harrison and John Lennon. This fascination grew with the onslaught of the “British Invasion,” and bands such as The Animals, Dave Clarke Five, Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones. With the second wave of the British Invasion and the sounds of Eric Clapton and Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and other British guitar players such as Peter Green, Mick Taylor and Jeff Beck, as well as American guitarists like Johnny Winter, Mike Bloomfield and Leslie West, Todd got the guitar playing bug. At 13, he purchased his first guitar, a Dakota red Fender Mustang. With that, Todd’s desire to emulate these new heroes came to full tilt. Eventually, Todd started playing in garage bands, though it wasn’t until another ten years that Todd put his first club band together, Nitetrain opening for acts such as Albert Collins, Dickey Betts and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. In the ’80s, Todd formed Troy & the Tornados, a band that played the New York Metro area.
Todd also met two women in this time period that would eventually play a part in his guitar playing experience: Carla Olson of the Textones and Sheryl Crow, who at the time was an unknown back-up singer. By the late ’80s, Sheryl had sat in several times with Todd in New York City after being introduced to him by the man who would eventually manage both of them. Todd decided to fly out to Los Angeles and write with Sheryl and showcase their new band in hopes of a record deal.
Todd decided to re-locate to Los Angeles and joined up with old friend Carla Olson and her latest band. But it wasn’t long until Todd was back with Sheryl Crow, as she had just completed her soon to be released debut album, the multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club. Crow needed a touring band, including a lead guitarist that could add some extra excitement to the live shows. Crow turned to Todd for that role, which lasted for almost five years.
Now with his latest lineup, he picks up where he left off before his stint with Sheryl, showcasing his original Bluesadelic material with a powerhouse band that has a steady growing legion of fans. Todd and his band mates traveled close to forty thousand miles in 2012 and it looks like the band will be logging in even more tour dates and miles in 2013! A Southern tour is planned for February, and the band will return home briefly in March before heading back to Europe for a six-week run.
A new album is in the works, Todd’s eighth since his guitar-strumming, co-writing days with Sheryl Crow!
Sheryl has said of Todd’s guitar playing, “Todd Wolfe is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever played with”
Leslie West of Mountain fame had this to say after Todd’s guitar contributions to Leslie’s recent solo albums and duo guitar tours as well as Todd’s contribution to the last Mountain album, Masters of War, “There are very few guitar players I like better than myself, Todd Wolfe is one of them!”
“Imagine some power trio mixed into a Texas blues foundation and overlaid with trippy psychedelia
… that’s the essence of Wolfe’s music.”
– Hittin’ the Note Magazine
“Todd Wolfe is like a phantom of rock and roll. He comes out of nowhere and the hex lasts for days.” – John Popper of Blues Traveler
“Their sound recalls bands like Gov’t Mule and Cream.” – Blues Revue Magazine
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